Christi Wigle Bio
Christi Wigle is the CEO and Co-founder of United Against Slavery (UAS) and the Co-Founder and former Executive Director of a local anti-trafficking organization. Having served in leadership and survivor advocacy for more than 10 years, she has collaborated with leaders both in the United States and around the globe. Working on the frontlines has highlighted many unresolved challenges that transcend across those working to combat human trafficking. Ms. Wigle utilized more than 21 years of business development and research to help build UAS as a frontline research and data collection organization that is survivor focused and informed throughout development. Research findings around the globe continue to confirm that there is a lack of open-source, comprehensive empirical data on human trafficking.
To address the significant gaps of existing knowledge on human trafficking, UAS created the National Outreach Survey (NOS) with the aim to collect and disseminate comprehensive data on all types of human trafficking. The NOS will produce open source data from more than 23 anti-trafficking stakeholder groups for the benefit of research, programming, evaluation, and other needs of the anti-human trafficking community. She led efforts to work with more than 50 experts from 22 countries to design custom survey questions for each group. An initial Pilot Study included respondents from 47 states and represented 70 countries.
In addition to leading United Against Slavery, Ms. Wigle continues to advocate on behalf of sex and labor trafficking survivors and serves as a mentor to several leaders across the country. Her passion for collaboration started early in her anti-trafficking work, where she was instrumental in the development of a coalition that partnered with the FBI and the DOJ to introduce TN Save Our Kids, a grassroots platform to encourage a state-wide response to fight human trafficking among key stakeholders. Ms. Wigle currently serves on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Human Trafficking in Transportation Common Interest Group Steering Committee, the Alliance 8.7 Communications, Engagement and Advocacy Group (CEAG), and Co-Chairs the UAS Judicial Working Group. She also serves as a Board Member with multiple nonprofits.