Lori Cohen

Director of Anti-Trafficking Initiative and Immigration Intervention Project, Sanctuary for Families

Lori Cohen is director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at the Center for Battered Women's Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families. She represents immigrant and domestic victims of human trafficking and conducts training sessions for law enforcement, legal and health care professionals and social service providers.  Lori has spoken widely in both the United States and in Mexico on identifying trafficking and providing victim services.

In September, 2013, Lori was a featured speaker at the White House Conference for Civil Society Leaders to eradicate modern day slavery.  She is a frequent contributor to news reports on trafficking, including in The New York Times, the Jewish Daily Forward, the Jewish Telegraph, the Jewish Week, the NY Daily News and Telemundo.  She  has been featured in the BBC's online documentary investigating sex trafficking in New York, the American Bar Association's award-winning educational video, "Voices for Victims", UJA-Federation of New York's video, "We Were Slaves" and the NY Anti-Trafficking Coalition's profile, "New York's New Abolitionists." She also has authored several articles on immigration remedies for victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.

Lori is an active member of UJA-Federation of New York's Task Force on Family Violence, and In April 2013 she served as the task force's chairperson for “We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking.”  She is a member of the boards of directors for the National Council of Jewish Women, where she provides technical support on anti-trafficking initiatives, and AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, where she supervises AVODAH corps members in their work with survivors of human trafficking.

Prior to joining Sanctuary for Families, Lori taught Immigration Law at the University of Michigan Law School and served as the director for the Office of Immigration Legal Services at the Archdiocese of Detroit.  She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, and clerked for the Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall in the US District Court, Central District of California.


Not in My Backyard! Exposing and Combatting Modern-Day Slavery in Our Communities

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