As President of the Westchester Chapter of the National Organization of Women, Lisa Hofflich was an advocate and activist working on issues affecting women and children in vulnerable and abusive situations. Previously, she chaired the New York State Public Affairs Committee of the Junior League, where she led a coalition of 7,500 women in the fight to end human trafficking. Ms. Hofflich is particularly committed to improving the lives and welfare of homeless LGBTQ youth who fall prey to sexual exploitation.
“In order to eradicate these vicious crimes of human trafficking, we need to stigmatize and penalize the buyers and traffickers in a way that stanches the demand. We have to shift the paradigm of thinking that all persons in prostitution are complicit. Let’s start listening to survivors and look at them for who they really are—victims who have had their basic human rights violently strippedaway.”