Sonia Ossorio, Executive Director of Women’s Justice NOW and President of NOW New York, has been at the helm of NOW-NYC since 2005. With more than 20,000 activist members and supporters across the state, Sonia has led the organization in changing laws to further women’s equality and holding business and government accountable for improving responses to gender-based violence and workplace discrimination. She has led successful campaigns to end child marriage in New York State, improve protections for domestic violence survivors, pass the state’s first anti-human trafficking law, hold our criminal justice system accountable to survivors of sexual assault, and to challenge the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York.
Sonia leads with strength, courage, and audacity—all qualities that make her an effective activist, and that have powered the unprecedented growth of the organization and its capacity to make lasting change. For the past decade, she has been at the forefront of revitalizing NOW’s activism and overseeing educational programs, activist workshops, and sustained protest and resistance that has touched the lives of thousands of women.