Mitha Choudhury

Program Director, EMPOWER Center

Sanctuary For Families

Mitha Choudhury is the Program Director of the EMPOWER Center in NYC, a multi-disciplinary health center for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). In 2015, she graduated with a Master of Science in Forensic Psychology, where she completed a thesis on online child sexual exploitation which sparked her interest in this area of work. Since then, Mitha has had several years of experience in advocacy roles where she has worked with survivors of sexual violence, sexual exploitation and human trafficking in both the UK and now the US. She is passionate about educating people about the realities and dangers of the sex trade. Mitha does outreach work, training on CSE and also facilitates coercion resiliency group workshops with survivors to help them recognize the control techniques used by traffickers, sexual abusers, media and other coercive agents. Since January 2022, Mitha spearheads communications and manages social media for New Yorkers for the Equality Model (NYFEM). NYFEM is a coalition of survivors and anti-trafficking organizations dedicated to passing an important bill in New York State to protect survivors in the sex trade whilst holding exploiters accountable. Empowering survivors of sexual exploitation through service provision and being involved in legislative advocacy for policy change is key to Mitha’s career. Through this work she hopes to bring about societal change in our view of the sex trade.