The Revolution Starts with Conversation

The 5th Annual World Without Exploitation Youth Summit.

Join World Without Exploitation on Wednesday, July 13th, 2022 from 9am to 4pm at the Brooklyn Law School for an in-person educational youth summit. Youth advocates, experts, and survivor leaders will discuss their experiences and expertise on curated main-stage panels and interactive workshops. This free event is open to youth ages 15-28 who want to learn and take action to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation. 

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Note: Attendees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster to enter. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided on site.

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5th Annual World Without Exploitation Youth Summit


July 13, 2022 from 9am to 4pm


Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Ending human trafficking and sexual exploitation starts with conversations.

Conversations can warn and inform communities on how to spot sexual exploitation and trafficking to help survivors. Sharing the stories of survivors and speaking with people with lived experience informs policies, programs, and prevention efforts. Discussions educate audiences and inspire legislative change. We can all start to have conversations that will spur action.

This is why this year’s World Without Exploitation Youth Summit theme is conversation and communication.



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Youth Summit Begins


Intersections: The Sex Trade

Learn from survivors of the sex trade about the realities of the industry, who is most vulnerable to exploitation, and how we can begin to change the narratives to shrink this exploitative industry. 

Moderated by Erin Regan (WorldWE Youth) with Esperanza Fonseca (WorldWE) and Audrey Morrissey (MyLifeMyChoice)


Survivor Video


Why youth, Why this issue?

Youth are on the frontlines of this movement. Learn more about why and how they got involved in this issue and why they continue to advocate against sex trafficking and prostitution.

With Matthew Kodsi (WorldWE Youth), Maria Elisa Escobar (WorldWE Youth),  Sonali Kovoor-Misra (WorldWE Youth), Odley Jean (Actor), Rebecca Biagas (WorldWE Youth), Dakota Green (WorldWE Youth). 


Changing the Dialogue: Unmasking a Culture of Commodification

Discuss the culture of objectification and commodification that grooms individuals -- mainly men -- to consume pornography and purchase commercial sex. How can we begin to move the needle and involve more men and boys in the conversation?

Moderated by Rachel Foster (WorldWE) with panelists Alisa Bernard (Thistle Farms), Jimmie Briggs (Man-Up Campaign), Peter Qualliotine (Modeling Equality).


Lunch and Break

  1. 1:30pm- 3:45pm - Workshops
  2. 1:45-2:45 pm- Workshops (Choice 1)
  3. 3:00-3:45 pm- Workshops (Choice 2)


Uncovering The Harms: The Rise of Online Exploitation and Pornography

Discuss the rise of online exploitation, pornography, and grooming in our contemporary society and give youth actionable steps to combat exploiters and predatory online culture. 

Hosted by Dakota Green (WorldWE Youth), Angie Henderson (The Avery Center) 


Discussions in Academia: Challenging Misinformation about the Sex Trade

Uncover the truths about research and learn more about the harmful narratives academia is pushing to youth about the sex trade.

Hosted by Dominique Roe-Sepowitz (ASU School of Social Work), Dr. Devin Buckley (WorldWE Youth), Maria Elisa Escobar (WorldWE Youth).


Real World Conversations: Debating False Narratives of Prostitution

Survivor leaders teach youth how to form convincing and evidence-based arguments to combat misinformation about the sex trade and promote survivor-informed policies like the Equality Model.  

Hosted by Esperanza Fonseca (WorldWE), Dahlia Locke (WorldWE Youth)


Power to the Pen: Advocating for Legislative Change

Laws and policies have the power to shape our society. Learn more about the Equality Model, Sara’s Law, and other policies that will help survivors of trafficking and abuse and hold exploiters accountable. 

Hosted by Lauren Hersh (WorldWE), Rebecca Zipkin (WorldWE), James Dold (Human Rights For Kids), Ria Rege (WorldWE Youth)


The Impact of Language: Talking about Sexual Exploitation

Change starts with conversation. We can begin to have conversations about sexual exploitation, trafficking, and prostitution in our own communities. The language, tone, and approach we take, matters.

Hosted by Anne Ream (Voices and Faces), Jimmie Briggs (Man-Up Campaign), and Willow Locke (WorldWE Youth)

4:00pm-4:30pm in the Main Room

Get Activated!

With Youth Coalition Leadership: Caitlen Macias, Dahlia Locke & Matthew Kodsi