Our Founder

"I’ll never forget the dark pit God reached into and pulled me out of. Even after I was out, my heart was pained for my sisters that were still lost, trapped, tricked, or caught-up in “the life.” So I started Veronica’s Voice to be a light for these wonderful women still surviving in the darkness."

Kristy Childs

In 2000, Kristy D. Childs founded Veronica’s Voice, a Kansas City-based organization, named in honor of a murdered sex-trafficked friend, Veronica Neverdusky. Kristy’s vision and passion has been seen through a host of services for victims, as well as education, advocacy and legal work to target the demand and avert entry into the cycle of abuse in prostitution.



Kristy's life’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and significant legislative work, including:


  • Women’s Peacepower Amigas Award

  • Northeast Community Betterment Award

  • Women of the Year 2004 Award from the Metropolitan Business & Professional Women of Greater Kansas City

  • Soroptimist Ruby Award for Women Helping Women

  • Proclamation from Kay Barnes for Kristy’s leadership and advocacy in the issue of violence against women

  • Garnered support for the 2005 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). Defined some of the key language used in this bill

  • Invited to Washington, D.C. to be present when President Bush signed the TVPRA bill into law on January 10, 2006

  • Honored in Washington, D.C. by Shared Hope International for her work

  • Served on the survivor panel for the Combating Demand for Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

  • Invited by then 2010-Kansas Attorney General, Steve Six, to be a member of the first Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board

  • Joined the Hunt Alternative Fund’s Demand Abolition Project’s National Planning Committee

  • Testified on Missouri House Bill 214, which Governor Nixon signed into law on July 12, 2011

  • Received Breaking Free’s Demand Change award for her exemplary work to end sex trafficking

  • Testified on, and was invited to be present when Governor Brownback signed into law, SB 61, on Human Trafficking, on April 22, 2013

  • Honored and recognized by the Zonta Club of Johnson County on International Women’s Day for her tireless dedication to ending commercial sexual exploitation

  • Recognized by the Midwest Sociological Society's Social Action Committee for the Social Action Award in March of 2015

  • Received The Living Legends Award For Service To Humanity, Fight Like A Girl, Empowered For Life, 2018

© 2015 Veronica's Voice

PO Box 172472

Kansas City, KS 66117

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