Alumnae, do you miss the intellectual life of St. Kate’s, delving into new ideas with your classmates and favorite professors? Rediscover it through St. Kate’s: Your Lifelong Learning Connection, a series of online presentations featuring St. Kate's faculty and other special guests.
The featured speaker is Rachel Lloyd, founder and president of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS). Her talk is titled “A World for Girls: Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Social Justice.”
Rachel is well-known for her tireless dedication to ‘her girls’ and has impacted thousands of individual lives through her love and commitment, but she is also passionate about changing public perception and policy. Her courageous advocacy ensured the passage of New York State’s Safe Harbour for Sexually Exploited Children Act, which in 2008 became the first law in the nation to protect and not punish trafficked and exploited youth.
She co-produced the ground-breaking Showtime documentary Very Young Girls. Rachel is also the author of the critically acclaimed Girls Like Us, and has used her unique voice to advocate for survivors.
Nationally recognized for her innovative work in transforming the movement’s understanding of survivor leadership. She was honored as one of the “50 Women Who Change the World” by Ms. Magazine and recognized with a Reebok Human Rights Award. She was also a recipient of a 2009 Ashoka Fellowship, the Frederick Douglass Award from the North Star Fund, and the Susan B. Anthony Award from the National Organization for Women, among many other accolades.