Hi! I’m Claudine O’Leary. I was born and raised in Chicago. I love Milwaukee, Wisconsin and decided to make it my home. I’ve been involved in organizing work around youth and the sex trade for over twenty-five years now.

I started a group in Chicago that turned into the Young Women’s Empowerment Project and led as Director until I moved here to Milwaukee over twelve years ago. I direct Represent, an all-volunteer nonprofit building the leadership of teens with life experience in the sex trades and the streets.

I have a BA from Northeastern Illinois University through University Without Walls focused on Critical Pedagogy.