Kelly E. Amend

PACT Regional Coordinator (Central Valley Cohort), Child and Family Policy Institute of California

Visalia, CA

Kelly Amend has been an advocate, trainer, and cheerleader for education on human trafficking since 2012. Previously, Kelly served as Tulare County’s Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator under the Office for Victims of Crime Enhanced Collaborative Model Anti-Trafficking award where she led a task force of three local direct service providers, six local law enforcement agencies, and four federal agencies along with a community coalition of individuals and organizations working together to prevent and stop human trafficking.

She has conducted numerous workshops, strategic partner training, and awareness events to engage in effective responses to labor and sex trafficking in the Central Valley of California. Her previous experiences include developing the prevention education program at the Central Valley Justice Coalition, working with foster and incarcerated youth as a trained facilitator in Fresno County Juvenile Justice Campus, and as Administrative and Marketing Director at Lanna Coffee Company- a wholesale coffee company focused on seeking transformation of lives through a social enterprise model within specialty coffee.

As a graduate of Fresno Pacific University, she had a career as a children’s Librarian before transitioning into human trafficking prevention work in 2014. Kelly continues to serve on the Board of the Lanna Foundation helping improve the lives of coffee farmers and hill tribe peoples in Northern Thailand. She can also be found supporting her husband’s coffee shop, by drinking lots of fairly sourced cups of coffee and thinking about ways to improve our global supply chains. Kelly resides in Visalia, CA with her husband and two dogs.