Our staff brings a breadth and depth of political and technical expertise to the cause of decriminalizing prostitution — and sex work generally — in the United States
LaDawn Black is a relationship expert, author, and media personality. Through her radio show, books, and television appearances, Black has been an advocate for consenting adults being able to control their own bodies and pursue work, love, and sexuality in the ways they see fit. Black is the author of three Penguin Random House relationship titles and is a frequent contributor to We TV, TV One, OWN, Oxygen ESSENCE, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and many other national publications and networks. She is the host of “The LaDawn Black Show” on New York’s legendary radio station 107.5 FM WBLS.
Melissa Sontag Broudo, JD, MPH, is the co-founder and co-director of the Sharmus Outlaw Advocacy and Rights (SOAR) Institute. She has been part of the sex-worker-rights and harm-reduction movements for over 15 years, co-founding SOAR to further policy, advocacy, and capacity-building efforts that support the rights of sex workers and survivors of human trafficking.
Through her work at SOAR, Melissa has been featured extensively in the news media regarding sex work and #MeToo, the NYC Stripper Strike, and the criminalization of sex workers. She has also been able to push for policies that further a rights-based approach to the sex industry.
Rebecca (Becca) Cleary, JD, is guided by the belief that a more equitable society is possible through comprehensive policy reform that creates access to justice and abolishes barriers to well-being. As a legal intern with the Legal Aid Society’s Exploitation Intervention Project (EIP), she provided criminal defense support to sex workers and trafficking survivors. She continued that work as a student at CUNY Law, writing about post-conviction relief and working on vacatur applications for EIP clients. After graduating, she joined DSW as an intern, providing research support before joining the team full time.
Crystal DeBoise is a licensed psychotherapist, a non-profit manager, and a lifelong community activist. Crystal is the co-founder and co-director of the Sharmus Outlaw Advocacy and Rights (SOAR) Institute in Brooklyn, New York, an organization focused on legislative policy and advocacy changes for sex workers and related communities.
For eight years, she was the Director of the Sex Workers Project (SWP) of the Urban Justice Center, where she managed a team of 15 lawyers and social workers, being responsible for raising over $1 million annually while supervising a national policy program.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CONSULTANT
Ceyenne Doroshow is an author, activist, organizer, performer, and public figure in the trans and sex worker rights movements. She has appeared on numerous international media outlets and has presented at Desiree Alliance, Creating Change, Harm Reduction Coalition, International AIDS Conference, and many other events. A thought leader in the movement, Ceyenne shares her work and personal experiences as a Black trans woman and former sex worker.
Madelaine (Maddy) Kammeraad-Campbell is a Charleston, SC, native with nearly 10 years of experience in accounting and office management. She thrives in a fast-paced environment and enjoys ensuring that all administrative and operational aspects of DSW run smoothly. Maddy is an integral part of the DSW team.
Ariela Moscowitz has a long history of working with marginalized groups and “a particular interest in working to promote access to justice for those who might otherwise be denied it.” She has worked at domestic violence shelters in Burlington, VT, and Miami, FL, in various capacities, and lived in Philadelphia, PA, for several years where she worked with unhoused women and children.
Ariela joins DSW from Americans for Immigrant Justice, where she served as the director of community relations. Americans for Immigrant Justice is a non-profit law firm based in Miami, dedicated to protecting the human and legal rights of immigrants. As director of community relations, she managed all of the organization’s development and communications related activities.
As a researcher, J. Leigh Oshiro-Brantly has studied the transphobia and queerphobia experienced by LGBTQ sex workers, analyzed data for an international qualitative study on casual sex, and co-produced an ethnographic short film for an international research project called SEXHUM in collaboration with transgender LatinX sex workers from the Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo.
J. Leigh has been an advisor for the Museum of the City of New York’s Transgender Activism Exhibit and received the 2019 Marsha P. Johnson Community Leader Award from New York Transgender Advocacy Group, where they currently serve as an advocacy consultant and as the president of the New York State Gender Diversity Coalition.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CONSULTANT
Joaquin Remora is a visionary, leader, and diplomat with more than ten years’ experience in bringing harm reduction principles, racial equity, and TLGBQIA+ cultural competency to public service entities. He has enjoyed working with more than 100 participants per day in various settings delivering highly nuanced expertise when working with marginalized populations. Joaquin is motivated by high demand and crisis intervention. Joaquin is wholeheartedly dedicated to inspiring and teaching empathy, and believes that together we can create momentum towards social change.
RESEARCH AND POLICY COORDINATOR
Frances Steele has conducted legal research for Arch City Defenders and served as Assistant Global Farms Coordinator at the International Institute in St. Louis. She is dedicated to policy work in restorative justice, labor migration, and reproductive rights.