Maria Elisa Escobar

Communications Coordinator

World Without Exploitation Youth Coalition

Maria Elisa Escobar is the Communications Coordinator for the World Without Exploitation Youth Coalition. Maria Elisa’s role in the Youth Coalition emphasizes the importance and power of using social platforms to create change in the digital age. Social media has been an instrumental tool in the Youth Coalition’s fight to end exploitation through Tweet Storms and Days of Actions to advocate for survivor-centered policy including Sara's Law and the Earn It Act. Social media campaigns such as  #SheWas16 and #KidsArentCriminals have trended nationally on twitter, enabling the Youth Coalition to reach thousands of activists across the nation, including public figures such as Jaime Lee Curtis and Jason Flom. In 2021, Maria Elisa presented at the United Nation's 65th Commission on the Status of Women on how youth are leading the fight against human trafficking and using social media as a tool for prevention and education. Maria Elisa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pace University in 2021 with a BA in Women's and Gender studies and is applying for law school in 2023 to pursue a legal career in public interest.