2018 Featured Speakers
Director of the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP)
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Katherine Chon is the founding director of the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She advises the Assistant Secretary by providing subject matter expertise and overall leadership of anti-trafficking activities under the purview of ACF.
OTIP is responsible for the development of anti-trafficking strategies, policies, and programs to prevent human trafficking, build health and human service capacity to respond to human trafficking, increase victim identification and access to services, and strengthen health and well-being outcomes of survivors of human trafficking. OTIP collaborates with federal partners and other government and non-government stakeholders to raise public awareness, identify research priorities for ACF’s anti-trafficking work, and make policy recommendations to enhance anti-trafficking responses.
Prior to government service, Katherine was the co-founder and president of Polaris, establishing the global organization’s innovative programs to assist individuals who have experienced trafficking, expand anti-trafficking policies, and fundamentally change the way communities respond to modern slavery.
Katherine received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brown University and Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.