Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2009
    This description of Rachel Lloyd's work was prepared when Rachel Lloyd was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
    A past victim herself, Rachel Lloyd is fighting the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) by empowering young women to play a role in the larger national movement to end the trafficking of girls in the US. Using a survivor-led model as a new force and a new face for combating sexual exploitation, her Girls Education and Mentoring Service (GEMS) provides intensive support services, promotes the voices and experiences of CSEC victims, and challenges the social stereotypes that make possible the widespread exploitation of American children and youth. At the forefront of the movement to end CSEC in the US, GEMS has already trained thousands in New York State and is now expanded its trainings to Louisiana, Massachusetts, Texas and Colorado.
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