Kathleen Mitchell

Survivor of Sex Trafficking and Founder, DIGNITY House

Kathleen Mitchell

Nearly 30 years ago, Kathleen Mitchell started the first program for prostituted women in a county jail. She worked as the Program Director for Catholic Charities, creating programs and providing outreach services to prostituted and trafficked women and youth. Ms. Mitchell opened the first long-term transitional house for women exiting prostitution and created a diversion program as an alternative to jail for women arrested on charges of prostitution. She has sat on trafficking task force boards and received awards for her work. She is a member of the Survivor Leadership Institute of GEMS and a past Board President of Breaking Free.

“My life purpose has been to provide a path for women and children to escape prostitution and sex trafficking. It’s essential to know that what we did is not who we are. I want survivors to be kind to themselves, forgive themselves, and know that this is not about who they are but what others have done TO them.”