Member of the Survivor Leader Advisory Council for the 2021 National Outreach Survey for Transportation
Programs Director at Innovations HTC
Leader Trainer and Founder at Queers Uniting to End Exploitation
LGBTQ Program Manager for New Avenues Homeless Youth Prevention Programs
Erik Gray is a member of the Survivor Leader Advisory Council for the National Outreach Survey for Transportation, under the USDOT Combating Human Trafficking in Transportation Impact Award.
Erik is Programs Director for Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative and founding partner of Queers Uniting to End Exploitation. Erik is a highly skilled facilitator, presenter, and sought after national speaker. Erik is a human trafficking lived experience expert, and community organizer in Olympia, WA taking focus in equity & inclusion, policy & protocol development, and systems response through Multi-Disciplinary Task Force collaboration. Erik seeks to revolutionize the systems that sought to serve Erik but failed.
Erik is a National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance SOAR Certified trainer through the federal Office of Trafficking in Persons. He specializes in LGBTQ2IA+ and all gender inclusion for trafficking survivors.
Erik championed gender and LGBTQ2IA+ inclusion for CSE (commercial sexual exploitation) services in King county through his work at REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade). Previously, he launched an emergency shelter focused on serving youth of color with YouthCare. He is the first male survivor advocate in Washington State intentionally serving survivors of all genders. He has also served on the Kitsap County Human Rights Commission, as Student President of Olympic College, on multiple Diversity Advisory Boards and Bailey-Boushay HIV/AIDS hospice. Erik continues his dedication to public service through the City of Seattle Human Rights Commission Human Trafficking Taskforce Co-Chair and as Chair of the Thurston County Human Trafficking Taskforce. He is the 2019 Recipient of the Unlikely Hero Award for his contributions towards ending human trafficking internationally.