Who We Are

Launched in 2013 and sponsored by an umbrella group of over 140 organizations working to combat human trafficking, the New Abolitionists Campaign is a groundbreaking photography project dedicated to ending human trafficking.

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.

Rachel Foster, dedicated to fighting injustice for over thirty years, is the New Abolitionists Campaign Director and founding co-chair of World Without Exploitation. She and Lynn have traveled across the country together, meeting and collecting the stories of hundreds of New Abolitionists.

Copyright Information

The photograph of President James Earl Carter Jr. appearing herein was kindly provided by the photographer Jennifer Stalcup, who holds the copyright and exclusive rights to the photograph. The photograph cannot be used for any purpose without her prior consent. The photograph of Diane von Furstenberg appearing herein was kindly provided by the photographer Fabrizio Ferri, who holds the copyright and exclusive rights to the photograph. This photograph cannot be used for any purpose without prior consent. Photographer Kate Garner and Yoko Ono provided Ms. Ono’s photograph for this book and exhibition. Ms. Ono holds the copyright and exclusive rights to the photograph, which cannot be used for any purpose without her prior consent. All of the other photographs appearing herein were taken by the photographer, Lynn Savarese, are also protected by copyright, and cannot be used for any purpose without her prior consent.