What Trafficking Survivors Can Teach about Worth, Compassion and Justice

Rachel’s presentation will show how the Unitarian values of justice, compassion, worth and dignity connect to the local problem of human sex trafficking. She will share examples from her work with LOTUS Legal Clinic to raise awareness and show how people can help make a difference. Rachel will be available for questions and discussion after the service.

Rachel Monaco-Wilcox is the founder and CEO of LOTUS, a legal clinic for victims of trafficking and other forms of gender-based violence. She started LOTUS while Chair and Professor of the Justice Department at Mount Mary University, where she still teaches in the Art Therapy doctoral program. Rachel has a private practice in mediation for trusts and estates, elder law and special needs issues, and is a frequent speaker and trainer on victims’ rights, human trafficking, dispute resolution and systems change. She received a Fulbright scholarship to study modern Greek poetry before a life in law consumed her. In 2015, she received the Thrive award for survivor advocacy from Aurora Health Care, and was named as a member of Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class. She enjoys distance running, her husband’s maple syrup, and her two dogs.