Anastacia is a researcher, advocate and social entrepreneur in promoting the rights of marginalised and often criminalised communities globally. A passionate belief in the transformative potential of leadership amongst marginalized groups led Anastacia to establish the nationwide sex worker-led project Umbrella Lane, which is now part of a larger project Anastacia founded – SISU, which empowers women and girls to build resilience through adversity and trauma.

Dr Anastacia Ryan
Dr Anastacia Ryan

Following completion of a PhD which explored the impact of legal frameworks on sex workers’ access to justice, Anastacia worked globally with communities most affected by HIV/AIDS in supporting the design and development of lived experience-led health programmes and advocating for their importance in global health agendas.

Anastacia joined the Board of Recovering Justice to support the vital effort to raise voices from the margins – particularly those of women who use drugs, whose silence is ensured through multiple layers of stigma and oppression of lived experience. Only by creating space for truth to be meaningfully spoken to power, can rights-based, harm reduction policy and programmes be designed, and a peaceful solution be sought to end the unjust and dangerous war on drugs