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“Service to me means a combination of ‘paying it forward’ and ‘giving back.’ Many organizations and individuals have helped me along the way when I needed support, comfort and compassion. I want to be able to do the same.”

Kris is a survivor of a number of crimes against women, including commercial sexual exploitation, domestic violence and sexual assault, and those experiences have led her to an exemplary outreach to help other women in similar situations. Kris is founder and currently serves as executive director of The Justice Project Kansas City, a nonprofit human rights organization providing advocacy, system navigation and peer support for women and girls in poverty. She does mentoring/volunteering with the Family Court of Jackson County and is a consultant on the KCMO Police Department’s Prostitution Intervention Working Group. She is a member of the U.S. Department of Justice Coalition Against Human Trafficking and serves on human trafficking advisory boards for the Attorneys General in both Missouri and Kansas. She also conducts educational presentations for the community on pertinent social justice issues. Kris is also a member of the Metropolitan LGBT Chamber of Commerce. She has one daughter and one cat

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