Enlisting key individuals committed to heightening awareness of human trafficking in order to inspire others to join the movement to end modern day slavery, the New Abolitionists Campaign features portraits of iconic and influential individuals. Lawmakers and social justice advocates, artists and entertainers, scholars and faith-based leaders, philanthropists and business leaders, major sports figures and political icons—as well as courageous survivors of modern-day slavery—make up the New Abolitionists community.
Through public exhibitions of New Abolitionists portraits at strategically important venues, on social media platforms, and through the distribution of educational materials, the Campaign exposes the devastating harm of human trafficking and mobilizes individuals and communities to take action against it.
Dorchen Leidholdt, one of the co-founders of the New Abolitionists Campaign, is the Director of Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, and also co-founder of both the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition. She teaches at Columbia Law School and is the co-editor of the Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking: Pursuing Justice for Victims.
Lynn Savarese, another co-founder of the New Abolitionists Campaign, is a fine arts photographer who also serves as the New Abolitionists Campaign photographer. Since 2013, she has met and photographed over 250 New Abolitionists and organized seven exhibitions featuring them in diverse venues across the country.