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

LEGAL DIRECTOR

Melissa Sontag Broudo, JD, MPH, was co-director of the SOAR Institute in New York City, a group advocating for the rights of sex workers. Before that, she was a senior staff attorney at the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center for seven years and has been advocating for sex workers’ rights and harm reduction for over 15 years.

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Crystal DeBoise, LCSW, has been a therapist and social worker in New York City for over 15 years. She has held directorships at the SOAR Institute and the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center, and she started the Human Trafficking Program at the New York Association for New Americans.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

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.

IT DIRECTOR

Michael Kirshner co-founded the Marijuana Policy Project in 1995. Since 2004 he has been a consultant and served as a volunteer board member of the Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative.

RESEARCH AND PROJECT MANAGER

J. Leigh Brantly works at the intersection of policy, research, and storytelling, bringing their perspective as a multiracial, genderqueer sex worker to their research and advocacy. They serve as alternative sexuality advisor for the Sharmus Outlaw Advocacy and Rights (SOAR) Institute, gender non-conforming non-binary advisor for Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (G.L.I.T.S.), and research and project manager for DSW — all organizations dedicated to the safety and rights of sex workers and survivors of human trafficking.

PROJECT ASSISTANT

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.

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Mary Landgraf manages high-volume administrative workloads with grace and sophistication. Precise and well-organized, she particularly thrives when she knows she is making meaningful contributions to her team. That will not be a problem for her here!

COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

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, ESSENCEGlamourCosmopolitan, 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.

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.

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.