Camila Zolfaghari Named Executive Director of Street Grace, Georgia
Tuesday, August 13th, 2019
Camila Zolfaghari has been named Executive Director of Street Grace, a faith-based organization focused on mobilizing faith, business and community leaders to end Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) throughout the U.S. Zolfaghari most recently served the nonprofit as vice president of policy.
After more than a decade of experience prosecuting human trafficking cases and advocating for legislative changes in Georgia and throughout the U.S., Zolfaghari continues her advocacy to end human trafficking by addressing those who fuel human trafficking through demand.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Street Grace was founded in 2009 by leaders of Atlanta’s faith community in response to the rising presence of CSEC in the city. Since then, the organization has made encouraging progress with a growing network of approximately 100 churches, 75 community partners and more than 2,500 volunteers.
Thanks to the many cross-sector partnerships that have been established, as well as with Street Grace’s new technology, the organization is now working effectively in more than a dozen states leading policy and demand focused initiatives, trainings and prevention programs. Camila’s experience as a human trafficking prosecutor, coupled with her unequivocal passion for prevention and targeting the demand side of this criminal enterprise, makes her a highly qualified fit for the position. Her local and national reputation as a subject matter expert will only continue to strengthen Street Grace’s growing presence throughout the U.S.
As Street Grace’s newly-named executive director for Georgia, Zolfaghari will oversee development and daily operations while deepening advocacy efforts for the non-profit, which mobilizes community involvement to fight CSEC and drive awareness through training, providing resources and education, particularly about the demand. She will continue to support the continued growth of Street Grace’s Demand an End initiative with cities and municipalities throughout Georgia. Additionally, she will lead continued development of policies aimed to end human trafficking by addressing those who fuel human trafficking through demand.
“We will never end CSEC and sex trafficking without intentionally, forcefully and strategically addressing demand,” said Bob Rodgers, CEO of Street Grace, noting the underground sex economy is a multi-billion illegal business in the U.S. It is the fastest-growing and second-largest illegal business on the planet. “Our initiatives are intensely focused on prevention and the protection of all those who are vulnerable, as well as the pursuit of buyers with a focus on eliminating demand by removing the cloak of anonymity.”
Zolfaghari’s previous work includes being appointed by Georgia’s former Attorney General Sam Olens as the first chief prosecutor dedicated to the prosecution of human trafficking. She was the first person in Georgia to successfully prosecute a buyer of sex. While overseeing the Attorney General’s policy agenda on human trafficking, she also led trainings for law enforcement and prosecutors at the state and national level. Prior to that, she led the Human Trafficking Unit for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office where she was responsible for the prosecution of all cases related to human trafficking and CSEC.
Zolfaghari obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina and her LLM in International Law from the University of Amsterdam where she also conducted research in the field of International Law.