Lauren Hersh joined Equality Now as New York Office Director in July 2012 after having worked as a prosecutor at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (Brooklyn, NY), combatting violence against women and girls. As the Chief of one of the United States’ first Sex Trafficking Units, she implemented victim-based strategies to investigate and prosecute traffickers and spearheaded efforts to raise awareness about sex trafficking. Prior to that, Ms. Hersh worked as a Senior Trial Attorney, handling domestic violence homicides, rapes and assaults. In 2012, she received the National Organization for Women’s (NOW-NYC) Susan B. Anthony Award for her work to improve the lives of women and girls and advance equality. Ms. Hersh is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and Brooklyn Law School.