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Northeastern Illinois University
Lakeesha Harris is an unapologetic Black feminist, abolitionist, and writer and host of Old Pro News – a podcast dedicated to education on current issues, legislation and policy, and activism of sex workers globally. As the former Director of Reproductive Health and Justice at Women With A Vision, Inc, Lakeesha worked with Louisiana’s Representative Mandie Landy, spearheading the first comprehensive statewide bill in the nation to decriminalize sex work. With current and former sex workers, she developed the Deep South Decrim campaign to educate the community on what it means when sex workers are targeted and criminalized. In 2021, a group of 119 sex workers and allies provided three hours of testimony in the Louisiana House – a first in any statehouse. Celebrated by Bitch Media among its Bitch 50 activists for her work to maintain abortion access nationwide, Lakeesha produced two RJ Amicus Briefs that were presented to The Supreme Court on behalf of abortion access, one currently being considered in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. Lakeesha’s essays and interviews are featured on Democracy Now, The Advocate, and Rewire News.