Laura Hackney looks at the pitfalls and successes of the movement to bring social justice work into the technology landscape.
Laura Hackney is the Cofounder and Executive Director of AnnieCannons, an organization working to transform survivors of human trafficking into software professionals. Laura is a full-stack software engineer, and she leads AnnieCannons' curriculum development, nonprofit partnerships, and trauma-informed care and work model. She was previously the manager of the Program on Human Rights at Stanford University, and worked as the Senior Research Associate for Stanford’s Anti-Trafficking Project in the Mekong Sub-Region and was a program associate for the Freeman Spogli Institute’s International Policy Implementation Lab. She holds a Master’s degree from Stanford, and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to analyzing various forms of human trafficking around the world, she has extensively investigated the specific issue of trafficking Burmese women and children into the marriage market of China. Domestically, she works with the Human Trafficking Task Force within the San Francisco Police Department’s Special Victims Unit and supports the local Bay Area anti-trafficking groups.