Green Festival Speakers
Vanessa Lanza is the Director of Partnerships at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), managing partnerships with community-based organizations, agencies and individuals working to coordinate and improve outreach, public awareness, and human trafficking identification efforts. Vanessa also manages the organization’s international partnerships with NGO’s in Mexico, aiming to build the capacity of local non profits and service providers through training and technical assistance, as well as building and strengthening coalitions. Vanessa also coordinates the CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus, a leadership-development program for survivors of human trafficking, providing survivors with advocacy and media training and support with the goal of helping them to become effective change agents in the anti-trafficking movement. In February 2011, Vanessa worked with the CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus to launch a National Survivor Network bringing together survivors across the country to advocate for a stronger survivor voice and mutual support. Prior to joining CAST, Vanessa worked with Oxfam America and the World Health Organization Office at the United Nations.