IAWJ’s Trustee Ambassador Esserman Receives Award for Work on Human Trafficking

Washington, DC | Ambassador Susan Esserman, Member of the IAWJ Board of Managerial Trustees, has recently received the Justice for Girls Empowerment Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Ambassador Esserman was recognized for her work helping the survivors of human trafficking in Maryland, USA. She is currently the head of Steptoe & Johnson’s pro bono efforts representing victims of sex and labor trafficking.

Her dedication to this work is evident throughout her career as she brought in many women associates to work with her on trafficking cases as well as to the creation of the University of Maryland’s Support, Advocacy, Freedom and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors in May 2016. The SAFE Center provides services such as case management, legal services, connection to primary medical care, mental health services, and economic empowerment to victims of human trafficking. In addition to providing direct services to victims, the SAFE Center also conducts research on human trafficking to better their services for victims as well as conduct advocacy activities to support survivors and promote justice.

Ambassador Esserman was recognized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights organization who was founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The SCLC is a nonprofit, non-sectarian, inter-faith advocacy organization that is committed to nonviolent action to achieve social, economic, and political justice. The SCLC’s interests and sphere of influence is consistently growing with chapters all around the US and becoming increasingly international as the human rights movement transcends national boundaries.

In addition to her work at Steptoe & Johnson and the SAFE Center, Ambassador Esserman held four senior position in the Clinton administration, and was the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. To read more about Ambassador Esserman and this award please see Steptoe and Johnson’s press release.