Kathleen Davis-Siudut graduated from Wright State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and in 2007 with a Master of Arts in International and Comparative Politics. Her master’s project, titled “Human Trafficking and Its Presence in Ohio,” was based on extensive interviews across the state and country, including an assessment of Ohio statutes, examination of contributing factors, and extensive discussion of anti-trafficking legislation and efforts in Ohio. This project helped launched anti-trafficking efforts across the state, including the passage of Ohio laws to better protect victims of human trafficking.
Currently living in Washington, D.C., Kathleen has spent over a decade working in the fields of human trafficking and sexual violence, ranging from policy advocacy to direct victim assistance. She has authored reports on human trafficking; provided subject matter expertise to local, national, and international government entities and nongovernmental organizations; served on federal and state taskforces; developed specialized training and curriculum; consulted on public and private sector projects and strategic plans; and drafted and implemented legislation to better protect victims. As a result of her efforts, Kathleen has engaged with over 45 countries and trained over 30,000 people on the issues of human trafficking and sexual violence.
She has worked for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Polaris Project, and the United States Marine Corps’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.