Kristin Keen | Ending Human Trafficking
Kristin Keen has spent her career creating opportunities through business for women caught in human trafficking to have access to a new life. While living in Kolkata, India, Keen witnessed the life-stealing effects of human trafficking on a daily basis.
In 2005, she helped co-found Sari Bari, a thriving business that now employs more than 120 Kolkota residents who create handmade blankets and other products from traditional fabrics.
Upon her return to Jacksonville, Keen felt called to fight human trafficking on a local level. Rethreaded was created from the recognition that, for the victims of human trafficking, the biggest need was for a safe, supportive work environment where they could earn money while learning a skill and experiencing continued healing through community. Since its inception in 2012, Rethreaded has employed more than 35 women and provided more than 55,000 hours of work for survivors of human trafficking in Jacksonville.
In 2015, Keen was honored as a "40 Under 40" award winner by the Jacksonville Business Journal and was chosen as one of Girls Inc.’s "Women of Vision.” In 2016, she was recognized by the Florida Retailer Federation as Outstanding Retail Leader of the Year. Keen was a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2016.
When she’s not at Rethreaded, Keen is usually biking, doing yoga, or swimming in the ocean at sunrise.