New York’s New Abolitionists

Presented by New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition

Curated by Dorchen Leidholdt and Lauren Hersh

Featuring Lynn Savarese

The New York’s New Abolitionists, a campaign launched by the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition in 2013, seeks to raise awareness around human trafficking and modern-day slavery by recognizing and honoring those who are actively involved in the effort to combat these scourges and provide services to victims, as well as prominent figures willing to lend their stature and take a public stand to condemn trafficking and enslavement.

Although its ranks continue to grow, as of today the New Abolitionist community consists of over 150 individuals representing a broad and diverse cross-section of New York, including:

  • Trafficking survivors who are now brave advocates working to eradicate trafficking
  • Political leaders – including Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Congresswoman Maloney, Mayors Dinkins and Bloomberg, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, and Manhattan DA Cy Vance
  • Icons from the art /entertainment world – including Tina Fey, Seth Meyers, Mamie Gummer, Marlo Thomas and Mercedes Ruel
  • Other community leaders – including religious leaders of different faiths, the president of the Ford Foundation, and Gloria Steinem

Through their participation in the campaign, our New Abolitionists help bring much needed attention and relief to the thousands of enslaved women and children in New York.

NY Stage Anti-Trafficking Coalition The New York State Anti Trafficking Coalition, founded by Sanctuary for Families in 2004, is an umbrella coalition of more than 140 organizational members combatting human trafficking globally and locally. The Coalition is committed to advocating for legislative change, raising public awareness about sex and labor trafficking, increasing social services for victims and survivors, and improving law enforcement response. The Coalition tirelessly works to prevent exploitation by eliminating impunity against traffickers and buyers, whose demand for commercial sex or, in the case of labor trafficking, for free labor or cheap goods, drives the global trafficking industry.

The New York State Anti Trafficking Coalition helped drive the passage of three momentous laws in New York State: The New York Anti-Trafficking Law in 2007, the Safe Harbor for Exploited Youth Act in 2010, and the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act in 2015.

Lynn Savarese is a photographer whose work focuses on intimate observation. Originally from a small town in Texas, Savarese resided and traveled throughout the world before making New York City her home in the early ‘80s following her graduation from Harvard Law School. After careers in corporate law and investment banking and a lengthy sabbatical to raise her family and pursue volunteer work for various human rights organizations, Savarese finally found her passion—photography–several years ago. Since then, her fine arts photography has appeared in both solo and group shows, won several awards, and been featured in a number of publications. Savarese also frequently works with not-for-profit organizations to help further their missions through strategic photography projects. Since being commissioned as the photographer for the New York’s New Abolitionists project in 2013, Savarese has photographed over 150 of New York’s New Abolitionists whose portraits appear at Photoville, helped with the production of a companion book and website for the New Abolitionists project, and organized four other exhibitions featuring the Abolitionists. Savarese also accepts commissions for commercial projects from time to time. To learn more, visit her website at www.lynnsavarese.com.