Kathy Bryan was once a victim of child sex trafficking. Today, thanks to God’s amazing mercy and grace, she has overcome that evil.  A successful speaker, consultant and mentor, Kathy has a unique way of conveying the horrific truths of Human Trafficking in a relatable way, weaving her own experience into her presentation leaving listeners enlightened, engaged and inspired to action. Whether you speak with her one on one, or hear her present to a room of 800, you will feel she is speaking directly to you.

Kathy testified before the Arkansas House and Senate in support of Human Trafficking Legislation, which was subsequently passed and became law.  She has guest lectured at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, and Arkansas State University.  Currently, she holds the position of Program Director and Lead Mentor for the Rebecca Bender Initiative, and is also on their Speakers Team.  Kathy is a member of both the National Survivor Network and the Survivor Leader Institute.

Over the course of her life she has succeeded in many business endeavors, from restaurant management, to owning her own retail store, to becoming a licensed Realtor. Kathy is that person we all know. You know, the one everyone calls for advice, information, and assistance.  She has been an active leader in her local church providing supportive listening, lay counseling, and small group leadership for over 20 years. There is much to be found in her wheelhouse, ultimately, though, her heart beats for helping people understand each other, which fosters empathy and a foundation for unity.

Kathy and Keith, her husband of thirty years, have three children who married three wonderful spouses giving them six kids and now eight grands, whom they adore!  Any free time they carve out is spent traveling through their beautiful Arkansas and the world beyond.


What people are saying....

I met Kathy Bryan at a Human Trafficking awareness event that was discussing legislation for the state of Arkansas at the beginning of 2013. After hearing that she is a survivor of Human Trafficking and that she is willing to share her story, I invited her to come to Hot Springs to speak at an awareness meeting.
Kathy expresses more in the telling of her story than I could in any informational presentation. Statistics and information that she provides along side her story only further opens the listener’s eyes to how this evil affects us in our everyday lives.
Kathy shares her story in full transparency and in a very personal yet professional way. However, she doesn’t leave the listener with the hopeless feeling that comes when we are faced with the reality of such evil that ravages human life. She deposits hope in her listeners as they see the joy in her face as she interacts with individuals; they see the hope of survival and of restoration and are encouraged to join the fight and continue.
Kathy leaves listeners knowing more about Human Trafficking than they knew before, the reality of it happening to anyone, the hope of restoration and the resources for becoming part of the solution to end Modern Day Slavery. I am blessed and honored to call her colleague, and now, friend.
— Melisa Glenn
I want to personally thank you on behalf of the OFA team for flying up to Greenville to speak at our gala in September! We’ve had an overwhelming amount of support and great feedback from it, and we couldn’t have done any of it without you. You truly are a role model, and an inspiration, and thank you for your dedication and determination for this cause!
We hope you keep in touch with what OFA is doing, and I pray that you and your team continue to change lives as well as you are already making a HUGE difference!!
Again, thank you so much, and God bless!
— The OFA Team
Being able to hear directly from a woman who has survived some of the most cruel and vilest of actions against a human, but someone who has been able to walk into freedom, receive healing and walk in restoration is sobering and inspiring. It takes the blinders off of us as we hear her story and causes us to care for people we do not know or see.
I cannot express again, how thankful I am to have had this opportunity. How can we applaud and support these women and men in their efforts to fight Human Trafficking if we are not there to hear them? Keep up the efforts.
— HT Task Force of Garland County

Past Speaking Engagements

              ·       Veteran’s Administration Continuing Education Conference, Little Rock   2014

·        Arkansas State University, Heber Springs   2014

·        STAND Against Trafficking   2014

·        Fairfield Bay Rotary Club   2014

·        Sardis United Methodist Church Youth Rally   2014

·        SK8 for Freedom   2013

·        Rotary Club of Cleburne County   2013

·        Church of the Nazarene   2013

·        Heber Springs Human Trafficking Awareness Event   2013

·        Garland County Cares Community Coalition   2013

·        Arkansas State Capitol, House   2013

·        Human Trafficking Summit, AR State Capitol   2012

·        Arkansas State Capitol, Senate   2012

·        Arkansas State Capitol testimony to pass Arkansas House Bill 1203   2012

·        Rush Hour Traffic   2012

·        Women’s Retreat   2011

 

·        EMS Medical Professional training in TX, MI, WV, AZ   2016

·        Macomb County MCA Conference MI2016

·        Desert Southwest Arizona Fire Chiefs Leadership Conference   2016

·        Law Enforcement Training WV2016

·        San Antonio 3rd Annual Emergency Healthcare Conference   2016

·        Salvation Army Central Territorial Anti-Trafficking Symposium Chicago   2016

·        Salvation Army Territorial Conference Georgia   2016

·        Hot Springs Task Force Anti-Trafficking Symposium   2016

·        3rd Annual Trauma Informed Care Conference, MS Dept of Health, MS   2015

·        Keynote Address for Operation Freedom Awareness Spotlight Gala, SC   2015

·        Hot Springs Anti-Trafficking Conference   2015

·        Arkansas Medical Professional training    2014

·        Hope Rising Event, Loyola University   2015

·        NLC Celebrate Recovery   2015

·        Hot Springs Women of Prayer   2015

·        Human Trafficking Task Force of Garland Cty   2015

·        Arkansas State University, Little Rock   2014