Alezandra Russell

Alezandra Russell is an award-winning anti-trafficking activist, entrepreneur, author, activist and founder of Urban Light, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring, rebuilding and empowering the lives of young men affected by the human trafficking industry in Thailand. Since opening its doors in 2009, Urban Light has provided services to over 8,000 vulnerable young men and boys through an array of health, education, creative and recreational activities at its empowerment center in Thailand. Urban Light remains one of the only organizations working specifically on behalf of boys and young men who are so often overlooked, forgotten, and ignored in the global discussion of trafficking and exploitation. Russell, who was forced to flee Thailand in June 2018 as a result of her work, continues to advocate across the globe for restoring the young lives of boys served by Urban Light.