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