Anneke Lucas founded Liberation Prison Yoga in 2014. As a survivor of child sex trafficking and extreme violence, she used elements of her own healing journey to develop programs based on how she would have wished to be treated in her young adult life. A close analysis of those people who were able to get through to her when she was shut down by trauma forms the cornerstone of LPY’s philosophy – for Liberation teachers to become those people; aware and unconditionally present for their students.
Anneke is an advocate for sex trafficking survivors and also speaks on the subject. She is writing a book about her healing journey, Seeds Beneath the Snow: Post Traumatic Growth and Purpose in Dark Times represented by Sam Hiyate at The Rights Factory

Speaking

TEDx, Klagenfurt Austria, Look Again, June 17, 2017

Sex Trafficking and Legislation Conference, Covenant House and the Field Center, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, April 17, 2017

Sivananda Ashram Bahamas. 10th Annual Yoga for Peace Symposium, May 22, 27, 2017

The International Summit to End Sexual Violence, Fordham University, July 10-11, New York City, 2016

NYC Dept. of Probation, Trauma and Mindfulness, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, January 30, 2016

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Round Table Conference on Child Sex Trafficking, hosted by Duke University, Chicago, October 5-7, 2015

Dickinson College, Yoga as A Therapeutic Tool for Victims of Sexual Assault & Sex Trafficking, Carlisle, PA, 2014

Advocacy

Sign Anneke’s Petition to pressure New York State lawmakers to adopt a groundbreaking law that would require hotels and motels to post signage with the definition of sex trafficking and the National Human Trafficking hotline, and mandate trafficking awareness training for all hotel and motel staff.

Writing

YogaCityNYC, Why the Abused Don’t Speak Up, March 7, 2016.

ElephantJournal, The Role of Love In Facing Childhood Sexual Abuse, Feb. 25, 2014

ElephantJournal, Goal of Life in Maximum Security, Feb. 9, 2012

ElephantJournal, Yoga at San Quentin: Prisoner Interviews and Photos, May 6, 2011

ElephantJournal, Yoga for Incarcerated and At-Risk Youth, March 23, 2011

The Deaf Musician, Dutch language novel published in Belgium and The Netherlands, 1997

Podcasts

Embodied Philosophy, Anneke Lucas On Being Sex Trafficked, Trauma and Liberation, with Jacob Kyle, August 4, 2016

J.Brown Yoga Talks, Abuse of Power – Liberation Prison Yoga, Writer, Survivor of Child Sex-Trafficking, Corrector of Injustice, with J.Brown, June 20, 2016

The Mental Illness Happy Hour, Pedophile Ring Survivor Anneke Lucas, with Paul Gilmartin, October 2, 2015

Press

The New York Times, Bill Seeks to Enlist Hotels to Help Fight Sex Trafficking, Brian Bossetta, April 16, 2017

Gothamist, Sex Trafficking Victim Spearheads Legislation to Post Indicators of Trafficking in all New York Hotels, Emma Whitford, April 17, 2017

Daily Mail UK, Former Child Sex Slave recalls the Horrors of her 5 Years of Abuse, by Thomas Burrows, January 19, 2017

The Sun UK, Ex-Child Sex Slave Anneke Lucas, by Jennifer Awford, January 19, 2017

Esme, Anneke Lucas is bringing a quiet revolution to the prison system, by Gina Zucker

Sutra Journal, Interview: Anneke Lucas – Liberation Prison Yoga, by Vikram Zutshi, August 2015

.MIC, Meet the Woman Changing the Lives of Prison Inmates, One Yoga Mat at a Time, by Matt Alesevich, March 20, 2015

Epoch Times, Prison Yoga: From Sex Trafficking Victim to Prison Yoga Teacher, by Amelia Pang, Feb. 8, 2016

The Huffington Post, Yoga in Correctional Facilities: It’s All about the Love, by Rob Schware, July 25, 2013

DNAInfo, Child Trafficking Victim finds Peace Teaching Rikers Inmates Yoga, by Meredith Hoffman, March 13, 2013

Workshops

Bowery Yoga, Liberation Prison Yoga Weekend Training, New York City, June 24-25

Harlem Yoga Studio, Yoga for Trauma, New York City, May 21, 2017

Bowery Yoga, Liberation Prison Yoga Weekend Training, New York City, March 11-12, 2017

Harlem Yoga Studio, Yoga for Trauma workshop, January 11, 2017

Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side, Liberation Prison Yoga Weekend Training, October 15, 16, 2016

Judson Memorial Church, Liberation Prison Yoga Weekend Training, New York City, NY June 18,19, 2016

Harlem Yoga Studio, Yoga for Trauma, New York City, NY, Sept. 11, 2016

Yoga Teachers Association Westchester, Yoga for Trauma, Briarcliff, NY, Sept. 10, 2016

Harlem Yoga Studio, Yoga for Trauma, New York City, NY, April 30, 2016

Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side, Liberation Prison Yoga Weekend Training, New York City, NY March 26 , 2016

NYC Department of Probation, Introduction to Mindfulness Training, New York City, NY January 30, 2016

Judson Memorial Church, Liberation Prison Yoga Training, New York City, NY, Dec. 5, 2016

Ashtanga Yoga New York, Liberation Prison Yoga Training, New York City, NY, June 14, 2015

Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side, Liberation Prison Yoga Training, New York City, NY,  April 18 , 2015

Hosh Yoga, Yoga for Trauma, Brooklyn, NY March 22, 2015

Liberation Prison Yoga Training, Yoga for Trauma, New York City, NY, Nov. 20, 2014

Home Yoga Experience, Yoga for Trauma, Mahwah, NY April 5, 2014