Larry Lee is Executive Director of the New York Asian Women’s Center, which serves Asian victims of gender-based violence throughout New York City. Its anti-trafficking initiative, Project Free, uses Mr. Lee’s Asian culturally inspired model of practice, Moving Ahead Positively. This innovative model honors the survivor’s experience and power of self-determination to heal from the trauma of abuse and achieve an independent life of her own creation.
“Labor and sex trafficking assaults the personhood and sense of self-worth of the survivor. If we are complicit in buying trafficked goods or services then we too lose our dignity. We must embrace survivors and, as community members, be more responsible, and end the exploitation of each other for the sake of convenience or profit.”