Melanie Thompson is a full-time college student majoring in social work. She works to raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harm of all forms of commercial sexual exploitation and advocates for changes in anti-trafficking law and policy with a wide range of abolitionist organizations. Her tireless work to educate legislators and the public about child sex trafficking contributed to the unanimous passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act by the New York State Legislature in 2015. A survivor of domestic sex trafficking, Ms. Thompson is still in the foster care system and draws on her experiences as a child and young adult to help others who have also experienced commercial sexual exploitation. Upon obtaining her LCSW degree, she hopes to open a non-profit organization to assist victims of human trafficking.
“I remember a girl who once couldn’t speak–but I’m not her anymore.”