Born and raised in Chicago, I’ve decided to adopt Milwaukee, Wisconsin as 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 ten years ago.
Since then, I’ve been educating youth workers and leading realistic discussions with youth about the sex trade and other difficult topics like dating and sexual violence. I also held a short-term appointment to the City of Milwaukee Health Department coordinating a citywide planning process to improve our systems and community response to sexual violence.
Now, as an independent consultant, I work with many local programs in Wisconsin and the Midwest to build their capacity and understanding to effectively and respectfully respond to people dealing with the sex trade and people who’ve survived sexual violence.
I have a BA from Northeastern Illinois in Critical Pedagogy, which is about liberatory educational practice.