CFJ is excited to announce its 2020 Speaking of Women keynote is Rachel Lloyd, the Survivor, Advocate and Leader, known for her pioneering work transforming the lives of girls and young women impacted by sexual exploitation and trafficking. If you’ve read Rachel’s acclaimed memoir, Girls Like Us, or seen her Ted Talk, you’ll know why we’re so honored to have Rachel with us when Speaking of Women goes virtual this year on Tuesday, September 22.
At just 23 years old, Rachel Lloyd founded Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) with $30 and a borrowed computer. Her goal was to help girls who, like her, had experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking and subsequent stigma and punishment. GEMS sees its clients as victims, not criminals, and encourages them to become survivors and leaders. It is the nation’s largest service provider of its kind, offering services, support, outreach, education, and training.
In addition to being tirelessly dedicated to ‘her girls,’ Rachel is passionate about changing policy and public perception. She was instrumental in the 2008 passage of New York State’s Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth, the nation’s first law to protect rather than punish trafficked and exploited youth. Thirteen states have since followed suit.
Through her documentary Very Young Girls and memoir Girls Like Us, Rachel has begun a national dialogue on these issues. She has advocated for survivors at the White House, United Nations and before Congress. She continues to pave the way for survivors nationwide.
Rachel’s honors include Ms. Magazine’s “50 Women Who Change the World,” a Reebok Human Rights Award, a 2009 Ashoka Fellowship, the North Star Fund’s Frederick Douglass Award and the National Organization for Women’s Susan B. Anthony Award.
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Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)
- September 22, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm