Survivor-Led and Survivor-Informed
Holly Austin Gibbs, a survivor of child sex trafficking and nationally known expert, is Dignity Health’s Human Trafficking Response (HTR) Program Director. Holly has appeared on Dr. Oz and her story has been featured in multiple media outlets. In 2011, Holly submitted joint testimony to Congress with labor trafficking survivor, Ima Matul, supporting reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Holly also testified before the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on the connection between sporting events and sex trafficking. In 2015, Holly testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of two bills: the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act and Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act.
Holly has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and formerly worked as a senior microscopist for an environmental microbiology laboratory. Holly also consulted for numerous organizations, including the Department of Health & Human Services, Office for Victims of Crime, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Holly has been featured as a plenary or keynote speaker for events around the world, including the 2012 Department Of Justice’s Trafficking in Persons Symposium in Salt Lake City, UT; the 2013 Next Generation Leadership Exchange Forum in Paris, France; the 2014 Immigration and Customs Enforcement event for World Day Against Child Labor in Washington, DC; and the 2014 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime event for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in Cali, Colombia.
Holly is requested on a regular basis to provide testimony and input to others in the field. In 2014, Holly published an academic book titled Walking Prey: How America's Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery, and continues to publish articles on her Huffington Post blog. As director of the Dignity Health HTR Program, Holly applies not only her own experience and knowledge, but she also consults with other anti-trafficking experts, including and especially other survivors of human trafficking (both labor and sex trafficking).
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