Christa Stewart joined Equality Now in August 2015. She is a lawyer experienced in working with adolescent girls and on issues of human trafficking, sexual assault and immigration. Prior to joining Equality Now, Christa worked for the New York State Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (OTDA). Prior to OTDA, she served as Director of Legal Services at The Door, a youth development agency. Before The Door, she worked at Safe Horizon in a number of capacities managing sexual assault, child advocacy and human trafficking programs. Christa has lectured at numerous universities and educational institutions on immigration, women and human rights issues. Her articles have appeared in the Women’s Law Journal and the International Legal Practitioner, and she contributed chapters to the Lawyer's Manual on Human Trafficking and the International Adoptions Source Book. Christa has served on the Board of Trustees of WomenRising, a domestic violence organization, and the Board of Queens Legal Services. She is currently on the Board of the Global Workers Justice Alliance. She holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from Binghamton University, USA.
Helping to identify a change that can make a girls’ or woman’s future brighter—no matter how small—inspires Christa to work for social justice. For her, law is aspirational in setting that vision of social justice and also ensuring that there is a structure in place to make it happen.
Christa is inspired by her grandmother whose family had immigrated to the US. She was only educated through the eighth grade, but was an advocate and led community protests. She made Christa feel that she could do anything. Christa’s favorite quote is by Dorothea Dix: “In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.”
Outside of the office, Christa enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Follow Christa on Twitter: @c_stewart_esq