|Biographies: "Sex Trafficking in New York" Panel|
Sanctuary for Families hosted "Sex Trafficking in New York: Prosecuting Traffickers, Confronting Demand" on March 8, 2011. The following distinguished speakers elevated the dialogue on this complex issue and shaped an evening of awareness.
Pat Mitchell, moderator
President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media
As president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media, Pat Mitchell has three decades of experience in media. She came to The Paley Center for Media from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where she was named president and chief executive officer in March 2000, the first woman and first producer and journalist to hold the position. Prior to that, in 1992, Ms. Mitchell became an executive in charge of original productions for Ted Turner's cable networks. As executive producer, her documentaries and specials received thirty-seven Emmy Awards, five Peabody Awards, and two Academy Award nominations.
Ms. Mitchell herself has received numerous awards during the course of her career. She was recently recognized by the Center for the Advancement of Women for her accomplishments and contributions in the world of communications to create a more equitable society for women. Ms. Mitchell has also been appointed a Commissioner by CSIS (Center for Strategic International Study Commission on Smart Global Health Policy), responsible for preparing a global report for President Barack Obama.
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, with a master's degree in English literature, Ms. Mitchell has also been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Emerson College, Hollins University, Bloomsburg University, and Converse College. She and her husband, Scott Seydel, have six children and ten grandchildren and reside in New York and Atlanta, Georgia.
Managing Director, Wolfensohn & Company
Diana Taylor joined Wolfensohn & Company, a strategic consulting and investment firm, in 2007, prior to which she served as New York State superintendent of banks and chairwoman of the New York State Banking Board. Prior to her government service, she worked in the private sector, as vice president for KeySpan Energy and as an investment banker with Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette.
Diana serves on the boards of Citigroup, Brookfield Properties and Sotheby's. She also serves on several charitable boards. She chairs the board of ACCION International, and she chairs the board of the Hudson River Park Trust. Other memberships include Dartmouth College, the Mailman School of Public Health, the YMCA of Greater New York, the New York Women's Foundation and the International Women's Health Coalition among others. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Economic Club of New York. She earned her AB from Dartmouth College, her MBA from the Columbia School of Business, and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia.
New York Times columnist, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner
Mr. Kristof grew up on a sheep and cherry farm near Yamhill, Oregon. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and then studied law at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, graduating with first class honors. Mr. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 140 countries, plus all 50 states, every Chinese province and every main Japanese island. He's also one of the very few Americans to be at least a two-time visitor to every member of the Axis of Evil. During his travels, he has had unpleasant experiences with malaria, mobs and an African airplane crash.
After joining The New York Times in 1984, initially covering economics, he served as a Times correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. He also covered presidential politics and is the author of the chapter on President George W. Bush in the reference book "The Presidents." He later was Associate Managing Editor of the Times, responsible for Sunday editions.
In his op-ed columns, Mr. Kristof has often focused on global health, poverty and gender issues in the developing world. Kristof has drawn attention to sex trafficking abroad and in the United States, reporting on the sex trade in Asia and interviewing brothel owners and victims in Cambodia, and more recently, victims of sex trafficking in New York City.
Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer in journalism for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement. They wrote China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power together and co-authored their latest book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Addressing worldwide maltreatment, marginalization, and brutality towards women, Half the Sky draws a compelling picture of the trials and triumphs of women struggling for opportunity and equality. Called "electrifying" by The Washington Post, the book is a The New York Times Bestseller.
Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, Eleventh Judicial District
Fernando Camacho was born in Cuba and came to the United States at the age of nine. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, he graduated from Fordham Law School in 1985. Upon graduation he joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where he was assigned to the Trial Division and the Sex Crimes Unit. In 1989, he was named Senior Trial Counsel and served in the Homicide Investigation Unit where he investigated and prosecuted violent drug gangs.
In May 2009, Judge Camacho was appointed Queens County Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters.
Director, Legal Center, Sanctuary for Families
Since 1994 Dorchen A. Leidholdt has served as the Director of the Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families in New York City. The largest legal services program for domestic violence victims in the country, the Center provides legal representation in family law, criminal, civil rights, public benefits, and immigration cases. Under Dorchen’s leadership, the Center has grown from two to twenty-five lawyers and eight support staff members and has strengthened its advocacy efforts on behalf of underserved populations, especially those in New York’s immigrant and LGBT communities.
Executive Director & Founder, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services
In 1998, with only a computer and $30, Ashoka Fellow, Reebok Human Rights Award winner and leading child sex trafficking advocate Rachel Lloyd established GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services to support American girls and young women survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.
Since its inception as a one-woman outreach program in 1998, GEMS has grown steadily, building its services and programs and garnering increased visibility and recognition under Lloyd’s leadership. Now the nation’s largest organization offering direct services to American victims of child sex trafficking, GEMS’ empowers girls and young women, ages 12-21, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the sex industry and develop to their full potential.
Lloyd is a nationally recognized expert on the issue of child sex trafficking in America, and played a key role in the successful passage of New York State’s groundbreaking Safe Harbor Act for Sexually Exploited Youth, the first law in the country to end the prosecution of child victims of sex trafficking. Her trailblazing advocacy is the subject of the critically acclaimed Showtime documentary “Very Young Girls” and the upcoming memoir “Girls Like Us” (Harper Collins).
Lloyd has a profoundly personal understanding of her work. A survivor of commercial sexual exploitation as a teen, Lloyd knows all too well the hidden, emotional scars such exploitation can leave on children and youth. “There have been experiences I would rather not have had and pain I wish I hadn’t felt – but every experience, every tear, every hardship has equipped me for the work I do now,” Lloyd says. “I get such deep satisfaction from knowing I’m fulfilling my purpose, that my life is counting for something. It puts all the past hurts into perspective.”
Rachel received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College and her Masters in Applied Urban Anthropology from the City College of New York.
Detective Inspector, Stockholm Police, Human Trafficking Unit
Detective Inspector Jonas Trolle has many years of experience combating human trafficking crimes. As the head of investigations in the Human Trafficking Commission of the Stockholm Police Department in Stockholm, Sweden, Trolle has encountered firsthand the effectiveness of the “Sweidsh Model” on slowing rates of sex trafficking in Sweden. He has been involved in investigating specific cases for the Commision, and as also acted as the national and international spokesperson for the Human Trafficking Commission.
The depth of his experience with human trafficking has allowed him to develop expertise in working with traumatized victims of trafficking in a sensitive manner while conducting investigations. He has lent his knowledge to students at the Swedish National Police Academy by offering courses in human trafficking, and has extended his trainings to a worldwide audience.
Today he is the operational head of surveillance at the Stockholm Police, and continues to develop and share his expertise in human trafficking.