Kevin Ryan

President and CEO, Covenant House

Kevin Ryan

A father, activist, and child advocate, Kevin Ryan spent nearly a decade in the 1990s on the front lines of Covenant House’s work with homeless and trafficked children before he was appointed by New Jersey’s governor as the state’s first Child Advocate. He thereafter returned to Covenant House as its International President and CEO in 2009. Covenant House is the largest organization in the Americas helping exploited, homeless, runaway, and trafficked children and youth.

“Jailing underage prostituted children and teenagers doesn’t solve the problem of sexual exploitation; it’s the johns, gangs, cartels, and pimps who buy them and sell them who need to be identified, punished, jailed, fined, and, if they use the bodies of minors, placed on sex offender lists.”