Welcome to the personal website of Kris Coffield, a leading sex trafficking victim advocate, political activist, campaign strategist, government relations specialist, and independent scholar living in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Kris Coffield advocates for socioeconomic equality, educational opportunity, and human rights. He has authored some of Hawai’i’s most progressive legislation, including the state’s sex trafficking ban (Act 206, 2016), revenge porn ban (Act 116, 2014), single-payer healthcare proposal (SB 1199, 2017), and private prison ban (SB 2979, 2018). He has also drafted over forty bills for the Hawai’i State Teachers Association, including the original constitutional amendment text to increase public school funding (SB 2922) and Schools Our Keiki Deserve Act (SB 2586, 2016).
As a victim service provider for survivors of human trafficking, Kris has rescued over 130 people from Hawaiʻi’s slave trade. A specialist in direct intervention services, he regularly performs outreach in locations at which exploitation is known to occur, often putting his life on the line to launch investigations or emancipate victims from sexual servitude.
Kris is also the editor of Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events. He has recently been published in World History Connected, In Media Res, Evental Aesthetics, and Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. He is currently completing Fine Points, a collection of interviews with leading political and social theorists, as well as a monograph on object-oriented ontology and international security entitled Foreign Objects.
Kris currently serves as the office manager for Rep. Amy Perruso at the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives. Organizations with which he is affiliated appear below.
IMUAlliance, Founder and Executive Director
UNITE Hawai’i, Chairman of the Board
Hawai’i State Teachers Association, Government Relations Consultant
Stop the Sale Project, Freedom Director
Democratic Party of Hawai’i, Education Caucus Chair
Last year, I was invited to attend the Manoa Forum, a “gown to town” event that brings together academic and community leaders to discuss the prevailing issues of the day. While what happens at the forum is supposed to stay at the forum, I will unashamedly note that during one exercise, in response to a question …
Better late than never. New Year’s resolutions have never been my forté. Every year, I fall into the trap of banality that leads to broken pledges. Working out feverishly turns into a nightly jog. Blogging every week becomes a monthly haiku. Being more financially prudent begets more credit card debt. Life interrupts my well-intended attempts …
Seventeen years ago, the United States was shaken by planes crashing into pillars of American exceptionalism. Now, our nation is struggling through the equally unyielding terror of the Trump presidency. These two events–the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. skyline and the Trump administration’s assault on American institutions–are as entwined as the interlocking loops of a …
The following are samples of Kris Coffield’s writing.
“Politicizing the Spectacle” in In Media Res, “Spectacles of Protest” theme week (May, 2017)
“Naked Games: Procedural Misogyny in Videogame Culture,” in In Media Res, “Just Add Nudity” theme week (October, 2014)
“Terror, Trauma, and the Thing at Ground Zero,” in Evental Aesthetics, Volume 1, Number 3 (September, 2012)
“Humanities in Hawaiʻi, From Statehood to the Present,” in Inquire Journal of Comparative Literature, Volume 2, Number 2 (September, 2012)
Politics of the Event: Time, Movement, Becoming by Tom Lundborg, in Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, Volume 10 (Fall, 2013)
Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism by Noenoe K. Silva, in World History Connected, Volume 8, Number 3 (October, 2011)
“Invest in Education to End Sex Trafficking” in Honolulu Star-Advertiser (October 25, 2018)
“Sex Trafficking Ban Must Become Law” in Hawaii Independent (July 7, 2015)
“Preschool Amendment Fails Our Children” in Hawaii Independent (October 30, 2014)
“Homeland PTSD,” poem in Streetcake, Issue 33 (January, 2014).
“Storm break,” haiku in Chrysanthemum, Issue 14 (October, 2013).
Kris can be contacted at the following phone number and email address. He will respond to all inquiries as quickly as possible. For victim assistance or to report a tip about a potential human trafficking case, please reach out ASAP.
Phone: (808) 679-7454