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Laura Lederer is one of the most popular and richest Human Rights Activist who was born on December 12, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Laura J. Lederer (born 1951) is a pioneer in the effort to end human trafficking. She is a lawyer and the former Senior Consultant to Trafficking in Persons in the Office for Democracy and Global Affairs of the United States Department of State. She is also an advocate for human rights, anti-prostitution pornography, and hate-filled speech. Lederer is the founder of The Protection Project, a legal research institute located at Johns Hopkins University devoted to fighting against trafficking in people.
The summer of 1978 saw Lederer invited Lynn Campbell to be a part of the organizing team for WAVPM and they worked together to create Feminist Perspectives on Pornography, the first feminist national anti-pornography gathering held at San Francisco on November 17-19 the 17th of November, 1978. The conference was attended by many prominent feminists such as Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan, Phyllis Chesler, Kathleen Barry, Susan Brownmiller and Andrea Dworkin. This conference was important because it was an inspiration for the anti-pornography feminist movement within the United States. The culmination during the conference was the initial Take Back the Night march that was held in Broadway. Broadway Red Light District. The speeches given at the conference were included in the anthology, Take Back the Night. This work was edited and compiled by Lederer and was later to be a major document for the growing feminist movement against pornography.
Lederer engaged in designing grant programs for philanthropic organizations. She served as an officer at the Skaggs Foundation beginning in 1979 and was a founding member of the Global Fund for Women in 1987. In 1989, she began her legal education at University of San Francisco before transferring after one year to DePaul University College of Law, where she earned a Juris Doctor in 1994. She served as Program Officer for Community Concerns at the L.J. and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation, during which times she created a special International Women’s Program
She received her B.A. magna cum laude in comparative religions from the University of Michigan. After 10 years in philanthropy as director of community and social concerns at a private foundation, she continued her education at the University of San Francisco Law School and DePaul College of Law and received her Juris Doctorate in June 1994. She received scholarships from the University of San Francisco Law School’s Alumni Women’s Association and was Mansfield Fellow of Law at DePaul College of Law in 1992. In 1997, she received the Gustavus Meyers Center for Study of Human Rights Annual Award for Outstanding Work on Human Rights for her work on harmful speech issues. She served on the Peer Review Advisory Committee, U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for the research project, “Sexual Exploitation and Family Violence,” 1984–1986, and was the youngest member of the National Task Force on Missing Children Advisory Council, U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice, in 1985.
In the latter part of 1976, she traveled with an acquaintance to an San Francisco conference on violence against women. The exhibit at the conference included advertisements from magazines softcore pornography, as well as hardcore pornography that included child pornography. Lederer declared in a subsequent interviewthat “You saw the influence of the really hard-core images, back through the soft-core to the mainstream. Images were repeated. That’s how I got involved. It kind of clicked.” A number of participants at the conference urged participants to continue the meeting and to form an organization that would protest violence-inducing photos of women. In January 1977, the organization was founded, and underwent several name changes before it became Women Against Violence in Pornography and Media (WAVPM). Lederer was appointed WAVPM’s coordinator for the nation and editor of the newsletter.
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During the drafting of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, from 1998 to 2000, she served as a witness in Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House International Relations Committee hearings held by Representatives Chris Smith and Sam Gejdenson and the late Senator Paul Wellstone and Senator Sam Brownback, testifying on the global nature and scope of the problem of trafficking in persons. She was instrumental in bringing trafficking victims from over a dozen countries to testify in Congress. In 1998, she also helped bring together a new bi-partisan anti-trafficking coalition of women’s groups and faith-based groups. This coalition played a role in the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.
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Laura Lederer is one of the richest Human Rights Activist from United States. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Laura Lederer's net worth $3-5 Million.* (Last Update: February 3, 2024)
In the late 1970s, the activist was a leader and an advocate of the movement against violence against women. In 1977, she was a part of the founding and was the director of an anti-pornographic women’s first group in the United States. In 1977, she also became an associate member of Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP). WIFP is an American non-profit publishing company. The organization aims to enhance women’s communication and expose the public to forms of media that are based on women. She was the founder and director of The Protection Project, a human rights and legal research institute located at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997. In the institute, she gathered and translated foreign laws on slavery, involuntary servitude trafficking in persons, and other related issues. She also established an international database that contained more than 3,000 statutes of around 190 nations. She also studied patterns, routes as well as trends of human trafficking. She released her first Human Rights Report on Trafficking in Persons. The year 2000 saw her relocated The Protection Project to Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), which is where it remains today.
Lederer is a native of the Detroit region, the daughter of Natalie as well as Creighton Lederer who was a civil engineer, and later Detroit Director for Buildings and Safety in the Coleman Young administration. Her family was a multi-faith household, having an Jewish father and a Lutheran mother , both of whom were Unitarian Universalists, and studied religious studies as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. In her studies at the university she was able to spend two years working under and studying with David Noel Freedman, and received a BA in cum laude degree in 1975.
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During the drafting of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, from 1998 to 2000, she served as a witness in hearings held by Representatives Chris Smith and Sam Gjendenson in the House of Representatives International Subcommittee on Human Rights and the late Senator Paul Wellstone and Sam Brownback in the Senate, testifying on the global nature and scope of the problem of trafficking in persons. She brought trafficking victims from over a dozen countries to testify in Congress. In 1998, she also played a vital role in bringing together a new bi-partisan anti-trafficking coalition of women’s groups such as Equality Now, and faith-based groups such as The Salvation Army, and the National Association of Evangelicals. This coalition played an important role in the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.
Lederer was Senior Advisor on Human Trafficking at the U.S. Department of State during the administration of George W. Bush. She was responsible for designing specialized anti-trafficking programs, including “TIP and New Technologies,” “The Economics of Trafficking,” “The Health Implications of Trafficking,” and a new program to research the impact of sex selection and gender imbalance on human trafficking. In addition to her duties as Senior Advisor, she was instrumental in creating the Senior Policy Operating Group on Trafficking in Persons, for which she was Executive Director from 2001–2009. This high-level interagency policy group staffs the cabinet-level President’s Interagency Task Force on Trafficking in Persons. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.
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In 1994, Lederer founded The Protection Project, a legal research institute dedicated to tracking and combating human trafficking. There, she created a database of foreign national law on involuntary servitude, slavery, trafficking in persons and related issues. In 1998 Lederer oversaw the project’s transition to the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she remained for three years (1998 – 2001). A core component of this work centered on the publication of the first Human Rights Report on Trafficking in Persons, a document pre-dating the U.S. government TIP Report that tracked and evaluated in 194 countries the global routes, patterns, and trends in human trafficking as well as laws, law enforcement, and case law addressing it.
In 2001, as Deputy Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State she helped stand up the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State. In From 2002 – 2007, she served as Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons to Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Paula J. Dobriansky. In that capacity she advised the Under Secretary on policy formulation and development, program creation and implementation, and long-range planning for the Office for Global Affairs. She represented the Under Secretary at high-level national and international meetings, spoke extensively as a recognized expert at governmental, inter-governmental, non-governmental, academic and other conferences, seminars, and meetings. She also advised the Ambassador-at-Large on Trafficking in Persons and other key governmental officials, as well as serving as liaison to civil society.
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In 2001, as Deputy Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State she helped set up the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State. In From 2002–2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons to Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Paula J. Dobriansky. In that capacity she advised the Under Secretary on policy formulation and development, program creation and implementation, and long-range planning for the Office for Global Affairs.
Interesting Facts about Laura Lederer
- Laura Lederer is an American legal scholar and anti-trafficking activist.
- She served as Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. State Department.
- Lederer co-founded Global Centurion Foundation, a non-profit organization combating human trafficking.
- She authored several books on human trafficking and exploitation.
- Lederer received numerous awards for her work against human trafficking.
- She holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
- Lederer has testified before Congress on multiple occasions regarding human trafficking issues.
- She was appointed to the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT).
- Lederer serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
- Her work focuses on ending demand for commercial sex acts and forced labor through policy change and education efforts.
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Laura Ranked on the list of most popular Human Rights Activist. Also ranked in the elit list of famous people born in United States. Laura Lederer celebrates birthday on December 12 of every year.
As of 2010, Lederer is actively involved in combating human trafficking. Both in her role as President of Global Centurion, a Washington DC based NGO which seeks to eradicate child sex trafficking by focusing on the demand for trafficked children; and as founder and coordinator of Triple S Network, a group of nearly 100 NGOs active against sex trafficking.