Why We Started
With a vision to empower every trafficking survivor to be able to connect to an attorney when needed, ALIGHT began as a project in 2014 and was incorporated as a Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofit in March 2015. Marianna Kosharovsky, ALIGHT’s Founder and Executive Director, is an attorney who has directly represented survivors of sex and labor trafficking and contributed to multi-stakeholder meetings on law and technology at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Having worked on this issue since 2008 both in the US and abroad in Russia/Eastern Europe, she knew that something must be done and can be done if we put the varied, unique and time-sensitive needs of survivors – as they define them – at the center of what we offer as a solution.
Drawing on law, human trafficking and technology, the team at ALIGHT set about researching and designing a new model. Invitations to present our work at a 2017 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women human trafficking event, the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy workshop on technology, ethics, and gender-based violence, the Freedom Network USA Conference and other venues reflect our leadership in this field.