Lynn Savarese | Abolitionists

Launched in 2013 by the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition, the New Abolitionists Campaign seeks to raise awareness around human trafficking and modern-day slavery, by honoring those who are actively involved in the effort to combat the scourge and provide services to victims, as well as prominent figures willing to lend their stature and take a public stand to condemn trafficking and enslavement. The more than 280 subjects photographed for this project include a wide range of individuals, from over 60 survivors of trafficking to such luminaries as President Jimmy Carter, Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Tina Fey, Gloria Steinem, Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, Senators Gillibrand and Schumer, Curtis Manning, and former Mayors Bloomberg. Fifty of these Abolitionist portraits were first displayed at the International Center of Photography in 2013. A second exhibition featuring many more of the portraits was held at the Paley Center in NYC in 2014. Photoville 2015—one of the largest photography fairs in the country—featured a number of New Abolitionists in a gallery especially dedicated to the project for two weeks in September 2015, and in November 2015, solo exhibitions of New York's New Abolitionists were held at Harvard Law School and at at a national judiciary conference held at Cipriani in New York, with the chief justices of more than half of the country's state supreme courts in attendance. In addition to being the co-founder and photographer for the Campaign, Savarese has appeared as a spokesperson at numerous venues to help raise awareness. For more information about the Campaign and a more complete collection of New Abolitionists portraits, please visit:

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