Speaker – Induction - Visitors
On March 14 the Rotary Club of New York met for its 2019 11th luncheon at the Penn Club. President-Elect Larry Cohen led the meeting. The presentation was delivered by Rachel Lloyd. We were honored by several visitations by members from Australia, Sweden, Israel, Hong Kong and Zambia. We also had the distinct pleasure of introducing a new member, Lawson Anderson. 
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The Full Report

On March 14 the Rotary Club of New York met for its 2019 11th luncheon at the Penn Club. President Elect Larry Cohen led the meeting. We were honored by several visitations from members from Australia, Sweden, Israel, Hong Kong and Zambia. We also had the distinct pleasure of introducing a new member, Lawson Anderson, an internationally recognized Opera Singer.

It was a vibrant meeting with Rachel Lloyd Founder and President of GEMS as the Presenter.

At age 22, Rachel Lloyd, a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation, arrived in the US. While working for an organization serving adult women emerging from the commercial sex industry. Rachel was spending nights on the streets doing outreach and days visiting Rikers prison and homeless shelters.

Through her work, Rachel began meeting girls as young as 11, overwhelmingly low-income girls of color, and children who had been arrested and charged with prostitution. At the time, the word ‘trafficking’ hadn’t even entered the lexicon and the girls she was meeting were treated as pariahs by law enforcement, service providers and child welfare workers.

Rachel on the other hand saw only smart, strong, resilient girls and young women, who had been manipulated and coerced, women who desperately needed love, support and practical resources like housing, clothing and access to education.

The meeting ended with a lively Q & A session.