Kathy believes we can one day live in a world where people value one another, that one individual's freedom never trumps another's, and no one drives in the turning lane...well maybe not that last one.
A gifted speaker, consultant, mentor, author and survivor of human trafficking, Kathy works tirelessly to communicate the truths of trafficking in America, having trained thousands of medical professionals, law enforcement, community service providers, and faith-based communities both in the U.S. and abroad, and mentored hundreds of trafficking survivors. Her ability to illuminate truth in a palatable, engaging manner leads the listener to heightened understanding, inspiring action.
In addition to speaking and consulting, Kathy has worked for Rebecca Bender Initiative since it was founded. Currently, serving as the Director of Operations, she was previously Director of Elevate Academy, their intensive online program for survivors of trafficking.
Having survived two years of sex trafficking as a young teen, Kathy knows intimately how real trafficking is in America, and how difficult the journey to true healing and peace is, if one survives. She has testified several times before the Arkansas Congress, resulting in the passage of three new laws, is a consultant for the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign, a member of both the National Survivor Network and the Survivor Leader Institute, and board member for Into the Light.
Kathy is an active leader in her local church providing supportive listening, lay counseling, and small group leadership for over 20 years. While there is much to be found in her wheelhouse, ultimately, her heart beats for helping people understand each other, which fosters empathy and a foundation for unity. She and her husband, Keith love spending time with their family, off-roading, and traveling this beautiful world. Her next big goal is jumping out of a plane.
Past Speaking Engagements
CSEC in the 14th Judicial District-Your Role in the Fight, 2019
PINC, FL 2018
Vassar College, NY 2018
JuST Conference, San Diego, CA 2018
Ilan Campo Grande, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 2018
Rotary's Day of Awareness to End Human Trafficking, AR 2018
Siloam Springs Police Department, AR 2018
JuST Conference by Shared Hope International, LA 2017
Keynote address AEMTS Symposium, AR 2017
Delaware County Community CSEC Event & Children's Bureau, IL 2017
Keynote address for An Evening of Hope, AR 2017
Savannah Working Against HT for Medical Professionals, 2017
Keynote address for End It Movement, NC 2017
Keynote address for White as Snow Gala, LA 2017
EMS Medical Professional training in TX, MI, WV, AZ 2016
Macomb County MCA Conference, MI 2016
Desert Southwest Arizona Fire Chiefs Leadership Conference, AZ 2016
Law Enforcement Training, WV 2016
San Antonio 3rd Annual Emergency Healthcare Conference, TX 2016
Salvation Army Central Territorial Anti-Trafficking Symposium, IL 2016
Salvation Army Territorial Conference, GA 2016
Hot Springs Task Force Anti-Trafficking Symposium, AR 2016
3rd Annual Trauma Informed Care Conference, MS Dept of Health, 2015
Keynote address for Operation Freedom Awareness Spotlight Gala, SC 2015
Hot Springs Anti-Trafficking Conference, AR 2015
Arkansas Medical Professional training, AR 2014
Hope Rising Event, Loyola University, IL 2015
NLC Celebrate Recovery, AR 2015
Hot Springs Women of Prayer, AR 2015
Human Trafficking Task Force of Garland County, AR 2015
Arkansas State University, Little Rock, AR 2014
Veteran's Administration Continuing Education Conference, AR 2014
Arkansas State University, Heber Springs, AR 2014
STAND Against Trafficking, AR 2014
Fairfield Bay Rotary Club, AR 2014
Sardis United Methodist Church Youth Rally, AR 2014
SK8 for Freedom, AR 2013
Rotary Club of Cleburne County, AR 2013
Church of the Nazarene, AR 2013
Heber Springs Human Trafficking Awareness Event, AR 2013
Garland County Cares Community Coalition, AR 2013
Arkansas State Capitol - House 2013
Human Trafficking Summit, AR State Capitol 2012
Arkansas State Capitol - Senate 2012
Arkansas State Capitol testimony to pass AR House Bill 1203 2012
Rush Hour Traffic, AR 2012
Women's Retreat, IL 2011
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