Welcome to the personal website of Kris Coffield, a leading anti-human-trafficking and education activist, government relations specialist, and independent scholar living in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Kris Coffield is Executive Director of IMUAlliance, a nonpartisan political action group devoted to advancing educational opportunity, economic equality, and human rights. One of Hawai’i’s leading anti-human-trafficking activists and victim service providers, he also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of UNITE Hawai’i, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing sex trafficking through education. A dynamic and experienced Government Relations and Development Specialist, he works professionally as a government relations specialist for the Hawai’i State Teachers Association. Through his work with IMUAlliance and HSTA, he has successfully partnered with Hawai’i lawmakers to enact some of the most significant policy changes of the last decade.
Coffield is also editor of Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events has recently been published in World History Connected, Ishaan Literary Review, Evental Aesthetics, and Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. He is currently completing his first book on object-oriented ontology and international security entitled Foreign Objects, as well as a collection of academic interviews called Fine Points.
There is a power in a union. Conservative political pundits prognosticate about the onslaught of austerity facing our nation. Many of these same pundits–often analysts of the Fox News variety, but also fiscally corporate members of the Democratic Party–believe that labor unions are an impediment to economic prosperity and argue that collective bargaining sets wages …
Famoso Inn (with swimming pool) by Jeff Brouws A fading swimming pool set amidst flourishing foliage. A fish-topped fountain, now inhaling musky air. A lone chair, overlooking a dried aquatic hotelscape. These are a few of the many objects contained in Jeff Brouws’ “Famoso Inn (with swimming pool),” in which the San Francisco photographer’s anthropological …
Being Muslim isn’t a criminal act. Worshipping in a mosque isn’t treason. Unfortunately, for many of Donald Trump’s supporters, that distinction ins’t clear. Citing recent extremist attacks as a pretext for indefinite detention, Republicans are calling for a return to “enhanced interrogation” techniques, like those used against Abdullah al-Kidd. Trump, himself, lionized the use of waterboarding “and …
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), universal single-payer healthcare proposal (SB 1199, 2017), and an advanced biofuels pilot project initiative (SB 237, 2017). He has also drafted over twenty bills for the Hawai’i State Teachers Association, including the union’s constitutional amendment measures to improve education funding (SB 683 and SB 686, 2017) and Schools Our Keiki Deserve Act (SB 2586, 2016). He currently serves with the organizations listed 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, Precinct 49-01 Vice President