Sonia Ossorio

Executive Director

National Organization for Women New York, Women's Justice NOW

Sonia Ossorio is the Executive Director of NOW-NY. She has worked to protect reproductive freedom, elect women to office, and advocate for survivors of sexualized violence. She has worked to shed light on the sex trade industry, hold traffickers accountable and uplift survivor voices. She launched the Ending the Business of Human Trafficking campaign, holding advertisers accountable for being the marketing arm of the sex trade, and assisting with the drafting of New York State’s groundbreaking anti-trafficking legislation, supporting efforts to end criminalizing prostituted children. She is a passionate believer in changing minds, hearts, and laws. “If we don’t stem the tide of the demand for prostitution, that demand will continue to be met by coercion, violence, force, and exploitation,” says Ms. Ossorio, “Our great challenge as a society is to change attitudes, and recognize the deep harms of buying sex and normalizing this exploitation."