Amy Hsieh is the Deputy Director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at Sanctuary for Families, where her work focuses on the legal needs of survivors of human trafficking. Ms. Hsieh works with clients to obtain immigration status, such as T nonimmigrant status, to report crimes committed against them to law enforcement, and to obtain other legal remedies as needed. She helped to establish and has overseen the Brooklyn Human Trafficking Intervention Pro Bono Project, where law students and pro bono attorneys are trained and conduct immigration consultations and trafficking screenings for clients referred by the Brooklyn Human Trafficking Intervention Court.
Additionally, Ms. Hsieh helped to launch the EMPOWER Center, a collaboration between Sanctuary for Families and Gotham Health/NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), a comprehensive service center that offers trauma-informed medical, mental health, social, legal, and employment services for survivors of sex trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). Ms. Hsieh has also supervised staff and pro bono attorneys to represent clients filing applications for T nonimmigrant status and other immigration remedies based on gender-violence survivorship, and support clients as they engage in extensive victim-witness cooperation with state and federal law enforcement.
Prior to joining Sanctuary’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative, Ms. Hsieh has worked as a health policy consultant focused on advocating for the rights of women and men living with HIV. Ms. Hsieh was a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow and holds a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, a Masters of Public Administration from NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor of the Arts in East Asian Studies from the Barnard College of Columbia University.