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.

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 trades and many complex experiences. In my own time, I direct Represent, a small 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.