Avantika Shenoy, CLIFF Regional Lead
Avantika Shenoy is the DC Regional Leader for the Collegiate Leaders in the Fight for Freedom. Currently, Avantika is the Freedom Network Training Institute Coordinator for Freedom Network USA, a national coalition of service providers and advocates who work directly with survivors of human trafficking using a human rights-based, empowering approach.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, Government) from American University in December 2017. During her time at American University, Avantika founded a student run organization, AU Students Against Human Trafficking, whose mission is to create a dialogue among college students about human trafficking while facilitating the work of anti-trafficking organizations in D.C., through advocacy, community engagement and education. Previously, Avantika spent time in Nepal interning at Maiti Nepal, the biggest anti sex trafficking organization in Nepal, she has also interned for the Amara Legal Center, a legal services organization in D.C that provides pro bono legal services to anyone whose rights have been violated while being involved in commercial sex. Avantika is passionate about providing trauma informed services for survivors of gender based violence and advocating for the rights of sex workers.
Andrea staples, budgeting lead
Alexis braun, planning lead