Organizers

Danielle Blunt

Danielle Blunt

Systems Hustler + Social Engineer

Danielle Blunt (she/her) is a NYC-based Dominatrix, a full-spectrum doula and sex worker rights activist. She has her Masters in Public Health and researches the intersection of public health, sex work and equitable access to tech. She served as the former care coordinator to Persist Health Project. She is a co-author of Hacking//Hustling's ongoing study on the effects of FOSTA-SESTA and the Removal of Backpage. She enjoys watching her community thrive and making men cry.

Brit Schulte

Brit Schulte

Art Historian and Archivist

Brit Schulte (they/them) is a community organizer and under-employed sex working art historian currently splitting time between Chicago and New York City. They are a member of the Support Ho(s)e collective, Survived & Punished NYC and are the lead coordinator for the Justice for Alisha Walker Defense Campaign. Brit’s current organizing efforts center criminalized survivors, prison abolition and the decriminalization of all sex work/trade.

Leila Raven

Leila Raven

Director of Outreach & Education

Leila Raven (she/her) is a queer mama, prison abolitionist, and community organizer from New York City. She uses art, education, and resource redistribution to build community safety without enabling state violence, and she centers trans and queer people of color in her advocacy for gender justice, racial justice, and economic justice. Currently, Leila organizes with Decrim NY to decriminalize, destigmatize, and decarcerate the sex trades in New York, and she previously worked with DecrimNow DC to end the criminalization of sex work in the nation's capital. When she's not organizing, Leila can be found doing dance cardio or reading Black feminist theory barefoot in parks.

Emily C

Emily C

Resident Movement Scholar

Emily (they/them) is an anti-capitalist grassroots community organizer and researcher based in Las Vegas. Their work investigates the impact of increased surveillance and changing digital landscapes on individual mobilization and collective action. They previously worked as the North American Regional Correspondent to the NSWP (Global Network of Sex Work Projects) where they reported on a range of organizing efforts and issues including NYC and NOLA-based stripper activism, FOSTA/SESTA, and sex worker-led grassroots campaigns such as #LetUsSurvive and #JusticeforMoka. Emily is a PhD student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and co-founder of the Las Vegas Sex Worker Collective. They currently help manage a mutual aid fund for sex workers in Las Vegas facing financial precarity during and after the COVID-19 epidemic.

Daly Barnett

Daly Barnett

Data Witch

Daly Barnett (she/her) is a software engineer and privacy advocate. She is the founder of t4tech, an organization that facilitates free tech education workshops for trans and gender-nonconforming people.

Ariel Wolf

Ariel Wolf

Researcher / Data Analyst

Ariel Wolf (she/her) is a writer, researcher, and former sex worker from New York City. She previously served as the community organizer for the Red Umbrella Project a nonprofit organization that amplified the voices of those in the sex trades, and as a research assistant for the Center for Court Innovation where she has worked on studies on sex work, human trafficking, gun violence, and procedural justice. Her first solo academic paper entitled Stigma in the Sex Trades was published earlier this year in the journal of Sexuality and Relationship Therapy. She was the lead data analyst for Hacking//Hustling's study on the effects of FOSTA-SESTA and the Removal of Backpage.

Kate Zen

Kate Zen

Data Scientist

Kate Zen (she/her) is a software engineer and data science professional with a background in immigrant labor organizing and policy research. She is a co-founder of Data Automatica, a radical tech collective that creates digital tools for movement-building. She is also supporting the early stages of Chinese migrant massage worker organizing at Red Canary. She contributes as a freelance writer for various publications.

Bardot Smith

Bardot Smith

Black Market Technologist

Bardot Smith (she/her) is the alias of an analyst, producer, and demimondaine living on the East Coast. She focuses her time on private consulting, erotic media production, and writing on economics and sex under capitalism. She enjoys pissing on men. She is currently studying for her Series 65.

Lorelei Lee

Lorelei Lee

Policy Researcher and Analyst

Lorelei Lee is a sex worker activist and writer currently researching how modern trends in sex work law and policy have developed out of settler-colonialist constructs of sex, race, gender, and labor. Her adult film work has been nominated for multiple AVN awards and won the 2015 XRCO award for Best Parody (Comic). Her essays, fiction, and poetry have been published or are forthcoming in The Establishment, Denver Quarterly, $pread Magazine, Salon, Buzzfeed, n+1, WIRED, and elsewhere. She is a contributor to the anthologies Coming Out Like a Porn Star, The Feminist Porn Book, Hustling Verse, #WeToo: Sex Work in the Wake of a Movement, and others. She was a founding member of Survivors Against SESTA, is a member of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, and serves on the board of Red Canary Song. She is serving as a researcher, analyst, and community liaison on a forthcoming explainer of FOSTA-SESTA to be co-published by Hacking Hustling, the Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic, and the Cornell Gender Justice Clinic.

Kendra Serra

Kendra Serra

Legal Advisor

Kendra Albert (they/them) is a clinical instructor at the Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, where they teach students how to practice technology law by working with pro bono clients. They also hold an appointment as a lecturer, teaching classroom courses on the First Amendment as well as transgender law. Kendra holds a B.H.A from Carnegie Mellon University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. They previously served on the board of Double Union, a feminist hackerspace in San Francisco and run a side business teaching people how to use their power to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalized. Kendra’s research interests are broad, spanning constitutional law, queer theory, video games, and computer security. Their work has been published in Logic, WIRED, and the Greenbag, and covered in The New York Times.

Melissa Gira Grant

Melissa Gira Grant

Advisor

Melissa Gira Grant (she/her) is a journalist, an author, and a senior report at The Appeal. She has been a contributing writer at the Village Voice and Pacific Standard, covering criminal justice, LGBT and women’s rights, sex workers’ rights, HIV/AIDS, and human trafficking. Her most recent book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, has been translated into six languages.