Dorchen Leidholdt

Director, Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services and Co-Founder, New Abolitionists Campaign

Dorchen Leidholdt

Dorchen Leidholdt is the Director of Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, the largest legal services program dedicated to victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and gender-based violence in the country. Ms. Leidholdt co-founded the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in 1998 and the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition in 2005. She teaches at Columbia Law School and is co-editor of the Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking: Pursuing Justice for Victims.

“I appeal to you, my friends, as mothers: are you willing to enslave your children? You stare back with horror and indignation at such questions. But why, if slavery is not wrong to those upon whom it is imposed?”
— Angelina Grimké