Kelly Ayers is a mother, passionate anti-trafficking advocate, and survivor who has spent her life breaking down obstacles and beating the odds with her faith, tenacity, and spirit. As an alumni of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, Kelly survived foster care, group homes, and detention centers as a child and teen, and then survived the street, hotels, and homelessness as a young adult. After escaping more than a decade of exploitation and finding safety for herself and her children, Kelly continues to fight for freedom and justice for others. She has been a vocal survivor advocate, marching in the Walk Against Slavery in Washington, D.C., speaking at Take Back the Night events in Baltimore, and creating a Survivor Digital Story which is used to train thousands of child-serving professionals across the country. Kelly has co-trained law enforcement officers on how to work with victims of sex trafficking and received her Maryland high school diploma in 2018. Kelly serves as an example and support for other survivors who are rebuilding their lives. Her spirit, sense of humor, and perseverance are inspirational. Outside of advocacy work, Kelly’s professional background includes providing home health aide services and working for a Baltimore-based law firm. Kelly’s four beautiful children are her world and keep her incredibly busy but she still makes time for friends, kayaking, and canoeing. Kelly hopes to become a foster parent in the future.