Ryan has held the position of staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society’s Exploitation Intervention Project, housed in Legal Aid’s Criminal Defense Practice, in Brooklyn, NY, since the Project’s creation in 2013. She was a founding member of Brooklyn’s Human Trafficking Intervention Court, established as part of a state-wide initiative in 2013. In her current role, she provides specialized, trauma-informed, and human rights-based legal representation to sex workers and trafficking victims in the criminal justice system, and offers post-conviction advocacy for survivors of sex trafficking. Ryan also conducts trainings and presentations on NYS anti-trafficking topics to attorneys, service-providers
Ryan started as a staff attorney in the general criminal defense practice in Brooklyn in 2007, where she represented both misdemeanor and felony cases from arraignment to trial. Before joining The Legal Aid Society, she worked in Mexico City as a consultant to various NGOs on human rights projects. Ryan received her J.D. from New York Law School in 2004 and a B.A. in International Affairs from Antioch College in 2004. While at Antioch, she focused on human rights work, completing internships in Peru (1999) and the Philippines (1998).