Jennifer Montgomery - Consultant/Trainer
Human Trafficking Prevention and Intervention Strategies
Jennifer Montgomery is a passionate public servant and social impact professional with more than 25 years of experience in public policy, research, program design, project management, and strategic communications. For the past decade, Jennifer led the Kansas Attorney General’s anti-human trafficking efforts as Director of Human Trafficking Education and Outreach and Chair the Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board. She is a subject matter expert on human trafficking, gender-based violence, child exploitation and complex trauma and has seasoned advocacy skills in both state and federal government. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in Arts Education from the University of Florida and a Postgraduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Transformation and International Development from Makerere University in Uganda.
Jennifer is a published author and has written extensively on societal challenges with a clear and impassioned call to action. She has served as a guest instructor for undergraduate and graduate level courses on social justice and human trafficking at multiple universities in Kansas and is an engaging public speaker able to distill complex ideas into powerful messages to inspire change. Prior to working in the attorney general’s office, she was a congressional staffer for former U.S. Senator Pat Roberts in Washington D.C. Jennifer is best known for her ability to build cross-sector collaborative partnerships with a shared sense of purpose. She was a founding member and president of the board of directors of Freedom’s Path, a community-based, anti-human trafficking non-profit organization in Topeka, Kansas.
In 2021, Jennifer was awarded a competitive Rotary International Peace Fellowship at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The focus of her fellowship initiative was transforming conflict-based sexual violence through arts-based community dialogue and leadership training with women experiencing food and housing insecurity in an urban slum. In response to her life-changing work in Africa, she formed Magenta Girls Initiative (MGI) with three professional Ugandan women. MGI is an international non-profit organization designing programs to keep girls in school and provide at-risk women vocational skills training to create safe and sustainable livelihoods that break the generational cycle of poverty and encourage economic independence. As a survivor of sexual violence, Jennifer is deeply committed to helping others transform big challenges into avenues for peace and reconciliation in communities in Kansas and across the globe.