Sonia Ossorio

President

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

Sonia Ossorio is the President of NOW-NYS. She has worked to advance women’s rights in the criminal justice system, with particular emphasis on trafficking victims’ rights and on holding law enforcement accountable for combating human trafficking. Her extensive advocacy includes launching NOW-New York City’s 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. 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, to stigmatize going ‘to a prostitute.’”