Cristian Eduardo is an advocate, speaker, and educator for anti-trafficking initiatives – including the Equality Model, immigrant and LGBTQ+ rights. He is a survivor of international and domestic human trafficking, a Mexican immigrant, a person living with HIV, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and someone who speaks openly about the mental health challenges he has faced that frequently result from trauma. Cristian is a Survivor Leader and consultant at New Yorkers for the Equality Model, New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition, New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Alliance to End Human Trafficking, and a member of PACT-USA’s Survivors’ Council.
He is the Co-founder of United Immigrants of New York and Mujeres en Resistencia, two coalitions of advocates focused on creating awareness and education around gender-based violence, including femicide, and connecting the Spanish-speaking community with accessible resources. Cristian’s inspiration for his social justice work is to intentionally give insight that victims always remain human beings first.