Rachel Durchslag, Founder and Former Executive Director

Rachel Durchslag began working in the social justice community in 2000. After receiving her BS from Skidmore College in 2000 with a double major in women’s studies and social work, Rachel moved to Chicago where she worked for Personal Political Action Committee, the Day Care Action Council of Illinois, and the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women. In 2005, Rachel earned her master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. In June of 2006, Rachel founded the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, an organization that works to eliminate sexual exploitation through litigation and advocacy, organizing and policy reform, and prevention and resource development. Rachel is a board member of the BREATHE Network. In her spare time Rachel is a fitness instructor with the Lakeview YMCA.

Rachel has won numerous awards for her work including: YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago Promise Leadership Award; Young Nonprofit Professional Network's Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year; Soroptimist International Women Making A Difference; Chicago NOW Women Who Dare; Global Centurion Norma Hotaling Innovative Demand Reduction Award; Avodah Partners in Justice Award; Soroptimist Ruby Award; and the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Elizabeth Butler Award.

A Message from our Founder, Rachel Durchslag: