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Zoe Ridolfi-Starr

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Zoe is an advocate for gender equity, healthy sexuality, and a fair legal system in New York City. Her writing on these topics has been published in the Yale Law Journal, New York Daily News, ReWire, and other outlets; she has trained and educated students across the country, from college campuses to juvenile detention centers; and she has spoken before the American Bar Association, the New York City Council, and at press conferences and marches.

Recently, she worked at the Center for Court Innovation leading a youth advocacy program and campaigning for improved public policy solutions to skyrocketing youth homelessness and incarceration. Prior to joining the Center, Zoe served as Deputy Director of Know Your IX, where she trained and mobilized students to end gender violence on college campuses. She has also led legislative advocacy efforts on city, state, and federal levels to strengthen civil reporting options for survivors and reduce reliance on the criminal justice system; in 2015, she spearheaded the successful campaign to pass New York State’s Enough is Enough law, the most progressive state legislation on campus sexual assault to date.

Zoe currently serves as the co-chair of Policy at the Sex Education Alliance of NYC. She earned her B.A. from Columbia University, where she drove the creation of an Emergency Health Fund for students in need of abortions, led a campaign to secure free emergency contraceptives on campus, and was the lead complainant in a prominent Title IX complaint against her school. As a queer woman raised by two loving lesbian moms, Zoe centers LGBQ and TGNC folks in all her work.

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