Kristen has a degree in Computer Science and studied business in Denver, CO. Kristen is a 2018 graduate of the Social Enterprise Exchange Cohort through Community Resource Center. She worked as a Procedure Analyst at Halliburton and then transitioned to Real Estate before beginning her work in anti-trafficking. She was first introduced to human trafficking and exploitation in 2004 during a mission trip to Pattaya, Thailand. She witnessed first-hand the reality of trafficking and exploitation that was taking place overseas. She has spent over 14 years educating herself on the issue of trafficking in order to understand where it was happening, who it was happening to, why it was so prevalent, and what she could do to help.
During her studies, she began to learn that human trafficking was not just an overseas issue but was the 2nd largest organized crime and the fastest growing crime in the USA. She also learned that her home state of Colorado, was one of the largest hubs for sex trafficking of minors.
After learning about the extreme need for safe housing and supportive services for survivors of sex trafficking in Colorado, she formed a small group of people to begin getting started on changing this reality. Extended Hands of Hope was formed in late 2013 and has grown significantly since then. Extended Hands of Hope’s programs include Avanti House Safe Home, Carriers of Hope Mentoring, Community-based trauma specific treatment, and Forward Learning Academy.
Kristen has presented on the realities of sex trafficking and exploitation to many local businesses, churches, schools, and other groups. She is very passionate about raising awareness of this evil and motivating people to get involved in the fight against it, and supporting survivors. Kristen experienced sexual exploitation, sexual assault, and rape as a youth and young adult, and has always been drawn to do what she can to help others that are experiencing abuse and injustice. She knows through her own life experience, that hope for a better future is 100% possible! Kristen has been married to Bobby for over 14 years and has 2 amazing children.