Imagine experiencing childhood abuse, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. Now imagine surviving that and becoming a powerful advocate for others. After years of silence, Gina Cavallo broke through the fear and shame that had once held her captive. Finding her truth and courage, she realized that by sharing her lived experience, she could inspire others on their journey to freedom.
Since starting work in the anti-trafficking and prevention education field, Gina has become an important voice in state and national policy making. She has testified in Washington DC before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the implementation of the TVPA (Trafficking Victims Protection Act) and was selected to serve on the nationally renowned PACT (formerly ECPAT-USA) Advisory Council. Working with the NJ Department of Education, Gina helped in the development of Guidelines for Schools on Human Trafficking and frequently speaks to students on the prevention of Human Trafficking.
As a lived experience expert, Gina engages with legislators and testifies in the State House, advocating for change in laws and addressing sex trafficking and exploitation. She has delivered keynote speeches and training sessions to law enforcement, health care providers, educators, and community groups throughout the United States. Gina’s organization, We RISE USA, provides resources and emergency assistance to survivors. Gina received the National Liberators Award for Survivor Leader in 2020, served with Shared Hope International, and is a member of the Survivors Leaders Institute and Survivor Alliance.
In her personal time, Gina loves spending time with her family and friends, hiking, going to the beach, and cooking for others. Gina’s first book, A Survivor’s Secrets about her life's tragedies and triumphs is due for publication in May 2024. Through raw resilience, determination, the support of loving family and friends, and her faith in God, Gina has transformed her once trauma-filled voice into the influential and inspiring voice of the thriving leader she is today.