2018 Featured Speakers


Opening Keynote


Katherine Chon

Director of the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP)

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services   


Katherine Chon, MPA 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.

Closing Keynote


Al Killen-Harvey


The Harvey Institute

Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW is the co-founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through integrating sexual health. For the past 24 years he has worked at the Chadwick Center where he has served in a variety of clinical and training positions. He has worked for several decades in the field of trauma treatment and is a past recipient of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council’s "Unsung Hero" Award for his work with children who have been abused and/or neglected. He is a faculty member of the San Diego Public Child Welfare Training Academy.

Mr. Killen-Harvey is a frequent presenter, nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of topics related to children and adolescents as well as sexual identity and gender identity. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Children’s Advocacy Centers of California as well as The Courthouse Dog’s Foundation and is a past board member of CAPSAC (California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children). He has served as an expert witness for the United States Army and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. He also is on the Clinical Advisory Board for the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.


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