Fifteen years ago, Kathryn started working on a movement to help find missing and exploited children, and consequently developed a software platform for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to move the images of missing kids from regular paper posters to digital posters that were managed in real time. The software platform was so well received that it was downloaded by hundreds of thousands and gained media attention to be named by CNN as “The modern-day milk carton”. Kathryn tells the story to many that she encounters in hope of showing that everyone is in a position to make a difference.
Darkness2Hope’s founding continues the tradition of assisting persons in need. Kathryn has spent over 20 years working and traveling in the hospitality industry. During that time, she has heard countless horrific stories surround the tragic instances of human trafficking. Each story left an indelible impression on Kathryn. She has always felt that more needed to be done to detect and deter human trafficking within hospitality. Finding the right opportunities to increase awareness of the issue and provide support for other agencies and organizations engaged in the fight would prove to be challenging.