Conchita Sarnoff is executive director of Alliance To Rescue Victims of Trafficking, (www.atrvt.org), a non-for-profit organization based in Washington D.C. ATRVT’s goal is to raise awareness of human trafficking and open the first safe house for victims in D.C. In 2016, Sarnoff published her first book “TrafficKing,” about the growing epidemic of human trafficking while focusing on a U.S. human trafficking case that set legal precedent.
Since 2006, Sarnoff has worked on the public policy arena fighting to end human trafficking. She is a Contributor to The Financial Times, The Latin America Herald Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, ElPolitico.com, Daily Caller and others. Occasionally, she is a Commentator on several TV networks including: NBC, Fox, ABC, Univision, Telemundo, Russia TV, Caracol, and several other TV, radio and online news shows.
For over two decades, Sarnoff was crisis communications advisor to several Fortune 400 companies including: Burson-Marsteller, Young & Rubicam’s The Bravo Group (WPP subsidiaries); AT&T; Digital Equipment Corporation; Bacardi USA; Columbia Artists Management (CAMI); McDonald’s. While living in Switzerland, she was a communications advisor to Ares-Serono S.A., a medium-sized family owned Swiss biotech recently acquired by Merck. In 1998, Sarnoff was appointed International Media Coordinator at The 12th World AIDS Conference, in Geneva (a global yearly AIDS conference); and between 2001-2004 served as communications consultant to Innovative Communications Corporation (ICC). In Latin America her clients included: CEMEX (the second largest cement company in the world), and the law firm: Thacher, Proffitt, Wood LLP.
In 2006, Sarnoff was communications advisor to Deputy Manuel Camacho Solis-Chief Political Strategist to presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), in 2006, during the “Desafuero Crisis” and presidential campaign. In 2005, she advised The Organization of American States (OAS); also, in 2005, Sarnoff was appointed Communications Advisor to Council-member Bob Oldakowski during his Key Biscayne, Florida Mayoral campaign. Mayor Oldakowski served two consecutive terms. Sarnoff was appointed Director of Communications at the Free Trade of the Americas (FTAA) in 2003. FTAA’s mission was to secure a free trade accord between the U.S., Latin America and Canada by 2005.
TELEVISION In 2006-2007, Sarnoff produced The Americas Forum (renamed The Region in 2007), a half-hour current events program featuring heads of state, policy experts, and leading CEOs debating Western Hemisphere foreign policy topics. Segments were taped in a Washington D.C. studio and at The Clinton Global Initiative, New York. In 2009, Sarnoff produced a segment for “The Oppenheimer Report”, a PBS (V-me) Spanish language program.
NON PROFIT Sarnoff’s experience in the non-profit world includes: Ronald McDonald’s House Charities (RMHC); The American Red Cross (NY and Miami chapters); Puppies Behind Bars (NYC); South Florida Migrants Association; and The World Educational Fund (NY) and most recently Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking.
VOLUNTEER As a volunteer, Sarnoff co-chaired the Communications Committee of The American Red Cross (Miami); The Minority Advisory Committee of Florida Board of Health (a Governor appointed position); Art in Public Places (Community Board in Key Biscayne, Florida); Innocents at Risk (DC); The Children’s Law Center (DC) and The David Sarnoff Library in Princeton, New Jersey.
EDUCATION, SKILLS & AWARDS Ms. Sarnoff was educated at the School of Sacred Heart and Columbia University where she majored in political science with a minor in history. Her senior thesis: “The 1959 Cuban Revolution and the Cuban Economy,” compared Cuba’s economic and political landscape in 1959, (prior to the Cuban revolution), to the 1980s economic and political models. In 1984, Sarnoff attended one year of graduate level courses at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs (SIA). In 2004, Sarnoff received a Certificate of Studies from The Harvard Business School “Program on Negotiations.”
Sarnoff is fluent in four languages (English, French, Italian and Spanish), and has received numerous awards including three Honorary Citizen Awards from the cities of Miami and Homestead, Florida. In 2010, Sarnoff was nominated for The Deadline Club Award for best investigative reporting and in 2012 her expose: “Behind the Pedophile’s Sweetheart Deal” published in The Daily Beast was submitted for a Pulitzer Prize.
Ms. Sarnoff has two children and lives in Washington D.C.