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, environmental and racial justice, and human rights. He currently serves as Executive Director of Imua Alliance, office manager and policy director for Rep. Amy Perruso at the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives, and as the campaign manager for the State House campaigns of Jeanné Kapela, Amy Perruso, and Micah Pregitzer.
Kris has authored some of Hawai’i’s most progressive legislation, including the state’s sex trafficking ban (Act 206, 2016) and revenge porn ban (Act 116, 2014), as well as proposals to institute single-payer healthcare (SB 1199, 2017), ban private prisons (SB 2979, 2018), establish a living wage (HB 727, 2019), expand protections for victims of sexual violence on college campuses (SB 2311, 2020), and accelerate Hawai’i’s transition to a clean energy economy (HB 1934, 2020).
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 150 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 into or emancipate victims from sexual servitude.
Kris is also the editor of Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events. He has 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.
Organizations with which Kris is affiliated appear below.
IMUAlliance, Founder and Executive Director
Hawai’i Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Policy Director
Hawai’i State Teachers Association, Government Relations Consultant
Democratic Party of Hawai’i, Education Caucus Chair
Friends of Jeanné Kapela, Campaign Manager
Friends of Amy Perruso, Campaign Manager
Friends of Micah Pregitzer, Campaign Manager
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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)
“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