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Laura J. Lederer, JD Biography

Senior Director of Global Projects on Trafficking in Persons in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the US Department of State
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“At the bottom of the [prostitution] problem is an increasing commodification that extends even to human beings, a belief that anything, even a life, can be bought anytime, anywhere, any place for any purpose. This license masquerades as liberty and allows the worst kinds of exploitation to flourish. In addition to legal and educational solutions, we will have to continue to work as a global community to develop religious and values-based visions that promote the sacredness, dignity, and worth of all human beings.”

“Addressing Demand: Examining New Practices,”, Feb. 26, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Director, Global Projects on Trafficking in Persons, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, US Department of State
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
  • Vice President for Policy and Planning, Global Centurion
  • Senior Advisor, Strategic Global Initiatives
  • Former Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons to Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Paula J. Dobriansky, US Department of State
  • Founder and former Director, The Protection Project, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
  • Former Director, Center on Speech, Equality and Harm
  • Former Director, Community and Social Concerns, L.J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation
  • Co-Founder, Global Fund for Women
  • Founding Member, Women Against Violence in Pornography and Media
  • Recipient, Outstanding Work on Human Rights Award, Gustavus Meyers Center for Study of Human Rights, 1997
  • JD, DePaul College of Law, 1994
  • Attended San Francisco Law School
  • BA, magna cum laude, Comparative Religions, University of Michigan
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