Leaders in Action - the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition
The classy, polished office on the 40th floor of the Met Life building was already filled with intense discussion when I arrived alongside the Price of Life team. Dorchen Leidholt, of Sanctuary for Families New York (SFFNY), led an earnest group (all women except for myself and two others), as they reviewed a recent protest and press release, as well as plans for the next term’s lobbying efforts. I recognized several faces, including Norma Ramos of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), and Kathleen Slocum, co-founder of Restore NYC and staff attorney for SFFNY.
Sitting in an office with 20 representatives from different groups that compiled the New York Anti-Trafficking Coalition (NYATC), some of my friends back home might note the drastic change from my typical environment. Two weeks earlier I’d been sitting in a crowded San Antonio apartment as my closest friends gathered to see me off for the summer. That gathering- with gym short clad college students eating vanilla cake because fair-trade chocolate is too expensive- is a stark contrast to the white collar room I now found myself in.
My arrival in New York City was six months in the making, as I had learned about the Price of Life internship through New York City Urban Project (NYCUP) right around New Year’s. NYCUP is a hub for several different poverty-fighting projects in the NYC, one of which being the Price of Life internship that is laying the foundation for a Fall 2013 city-wide, campus-centered, faith based campaign focusing on human trafficking. Considering my personal commitment to fight human trafficking in every way possible, this was a unique and valuable opportunity.
Read the rest of the account of the NYSATC meeting by Price of Life: NYC summer intern Eddie Knight, on the Field Notes page of our website.