Christa Stewart, Chief Operating Officer (formerly IJC’s Deputy Director), recently worked for Equality Now, managing litigation and global advocacy for women’s and girls’ rights. Prior to joining Equality Now, Christa worked for the New York State Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (OTDA) leading work on human trafficking, unaccompanied minors and newcomer outreach. Prior to OTDA, she served as Director of Legal Services at The Door, a youth development agency. Before The Door, she worked at Safe Horizon in a number of capacities managing sexual assault, child advocacy and human trafficking programs and at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Christa has lectured at numerous institutions on immigration, women and human rights issues and served as an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her articles have appeared in the Women’s Law Journal and the International Legal Practitioner, and she contributed chapters to the Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking and the International Adoptions Source Book. Her comments have appeared in international and local media such as Reuters, The London Economic and the Huffington Post. Christa has served on the Board of Trustees of WomenRising, a domestic violence organization, and the Board of Queens Legal Services. She is currently on the Board of Justice in Motion (formerly the Global Workers Justice Alliance). She holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School where she was a Sparer Fellow and recipient of the Carole Mehlman Gould Prize and a B.A. from Binghamton University, USA.