Lauren Hersh

National Director, World Without Exploitation

Lauren Hersch

Lauren Hersh has dedicated her career to combating violence against women and girls globally. For eight years, she served as a prosecutor, handling a wide range of cases impacting women and girls. As the chief of one of the country’s first sex trafficking units, she implemented victim-based strategies to investigate and prosecute traffickers. As New York State Director of Equality Now, Ms. Hersh ran the organization’s global anti-trafficking program. She most recently was the Director of Anti-Trafficking Policy and Advocacy at Sanctuary for Families. In 2012, she co-created Project Impact, a leadership-through-storytelling workshop for teen trafficking survivors, and Generation FREE, a student-led anti-trafficking activism community. Ms. Hersh is a 2016 recipient of New York Law Journal’s Rising Stars Award.

“There are many factors which support prostitution in our world, but there is one above all others that has assured its continuance throughout the ages. It is the driving force of demand.”
— Rachel Moran