April 19, 2014

Kristen Tebow – Midwest Regional Coordinator

Kristen Tebow is a senior at Kansas State University majoring in Women’s Studies and Criminology. She created the first student abolition movement in Kansas in 2009 which is now known as the KSU chapter of AID. All through school year 2009-10, she and the rest of the organization put on events to raise awareness for Human Trafficking. She travels around to different conferences and universities each year, giving presentations and promoting her story of how she was trafficked on her college campus. She hopes to inspire other women to come forward. In the future she wants to build a large shelter in the Midwest to provide health care and rehabilitative counseling services to the victims of human trafficking. This past summer, she landed an internship working at the Gender Violence Education and Support Services Office at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. There, she learned more and more about putting on presentations on a college campus. She did research about prostitution, pornography, and human trafficking and put together a power point presentation that she and her boss gave to a group of DU Administrators and the surrounding community. She is planning the first annual Relay to Freedom and plans to continue traveling to spread the word.

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