Donna Pollard dares to believe in a world where young girls can be free from abuse and exploitation. A native of Kentucky -- a state burdened with thousands of cases of abuse and a history of child marriage -- she is leading the charge for change. Donna successfully advocated for improved legislation in her home state that put an end to child marriage through parental consent and continues to advocate for this protective change both nationally and internationally She most recently traveled to Finland as the keynote speaker for the Zonta International Centennial Conference, shedding light on the devastating implications of child marriage.
As a survivor herself, Donna realizes the need for healing, support and empowerment for past victims. She has founded Survivors’ Corner, a non-profit that encourages those ready to share their survival experiences. Donna is also the Project Manager for the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. As part of this work, she promotes stigma free cultures regarding mental health in the workplace and beyond.
Her journey through the trauma of child marriage and exploitation can also be accessed through the A&E Documentary, I Was a Child Bride, interviews and articles in Good Housekeeping, Glamour, NPR, Stateline, Fox News, US News and World Report, PBS, CBS News, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, and the Louisville Courier-Journal, among many other and international outlets, such as The Guardian and Daily Mail. She is a frequent panelist, speaker, and trainer, and has given numerous keynote speeches as well as testimony before legislative committees.
Donna is a mother of two girls, a business professional, and avid advocate for child welfare.
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