Executive Director & Co-Founder, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT)
Kendis Paris is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a nonprofit organization that educates, equips, empowers, and mobilizes members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. Paris has grown TAT to train over half a million truckers, bus drivers, and truck stop employees to be the eyes and ears of our nations roadways. By partnering with industry and law enforcement, TAT is increasing trafficking reports, arrests, prosecutions, and victim rescues. TAT’s network includes 50 state trucking associations, trade groups, the vast majority of large trucking companies and truck stops, the bus industry, and a range of state agencies, including DOTs, DMVs, DORs, DOLs, AGs, and law enforcement. TAT uses a Motor Vehicle Enforcement Model developed in Iowa and now adopted in whole or in part by 40 states. The model has increased arrests and rescues during interdiction stops. In addition, Paris has worked with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the International Registration Plan, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and other applicable agencies to train staff and key members, equip their locations with relevant materials for transportation stakeholders, and devise best practices in conjunction with their particular sphere of influence. Co-winner of the Norma Hotaling Award for demand reduction, Kendis is also an Ashoka (a-show-ka) fellow, a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs. She received her M.A. in Christian Studies from Denver Seminary, and her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii.
To honor God and embrace each day as the gift that it is.
I must share one of the best Andy Crouch quotes I’ve ever read in answer to this question … “What is most needed in our time are Christians who are deeply serious about cultivating and creating but who wear that seriousness lightly—who are not desperately trying to change the world but who also wake up every morning eager to create.”
Rally another member of the trucking industry to join our mobile army of transportation professionals fighting human trafficking.
Remove an obstacle or streamline a process on behalf of the amazing women on the TAT Team.
Go to Jazzercise … it’s the most fun workout around!
What do you love most about Your City?
I love the view of the mountains Denver provides. I travel a lot for work, so coming home to those peaks, and our fresh mountain air is a true blessing.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Devil’s Food in Washington Park makes the best two-egg scramble with caramelized onions and white cheddar I’ve ever had. Pair that with their roasted potatoes and homemade bread/jam and you are good to go.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Just waking up.
10:00 AM – Pounding out emails, or taking a meeting.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
One hash brown and veggie burger please, served up in my own kitchen … perks of working from home.
7:00 PM – Family time.
11:00 PM – Sleeping … yay!
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I’m a water girl … we need that constant hydration in the Mile High City.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Marco Polo … super fun way to communicate with friends and family.
What should everyone try at least once?
Go to a truck show … you’ll never forget it.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
French or Italian countryside.