Kay Buck

Kay Buck

Executive Director, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking


Kay Buck has decades of experience in the violence against women field at state, national, and international levels. As the Executive Director of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), Buck leads the only organization in the US that is exclusively dedicated to working on the human rights issue of trafficking. There, she oversees a dedicated team of 15 staff who compose three divisions: Social Services, Legal Services, and Training and Advocacy. CAST boasts a National Training Program on Human Trafficking as well as a model Social Services Program for providing intensive services to survivors of trafficking. CAST opened the very first shelter in the country designed explicitly for trafficked victims.

Prior to joining CAST, Buck was Director of the Rape Prevention Resource Center of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. There, she directed a nationally renowned Resource Library, Training and Technical Assistance Division, a Curricula Development Division, and a National Violence against Women with Disabilities Clearinghouse. Buck was also Director of the Center for Community Solutions Rape Crisis Center in San Diego, where she was responsible for a considerable increase in fiscal growth that enabled the expansion of the center to a second site. Buck was also instrumental in the development of the San Diego County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Program, bringing advocacy to the forefront through successful collaborations with criminal justice agencies. She has served as an expert for the National Violence Against Women Technical Assistance Project on the development of SART programs and is a consultant for the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Buck has worked with state organizations such as the California District Attorney’s Association and the California Medical Training Center to promote community partnerships and collaborative approaches in responding to violence. She has written and directed a rape prevention video aimed at Southeast Asian youth, testified on bills related to violence against women and children, and established a solid rapport with the media. She spent over five years in Asia working with a network of non-governmental organizations on human rights issues. She participated in the planning of several international conferences, including the World Conference on Women.

Buck also serves as a lecturer, trainer, and facilitator on violence against women issues. As an activist and leader in the movement to end violence against women, she has a personal and professional commitment to working with nonprofit organizations and promoting them as leaders at the community, state, national and global level.

Buck holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.