President & Board Chair
Kimberly Smith Highland is President of Make Way Partners and author of Passport through Darkness, which received wide acclaim including the INSPY Best Creative Nonfiction Award. Make Way Partners is an international organization committed to prevent and combat human trafficking in war zones and other “no go” zones. She is also a regular contributing op-ed writer, published in powerful and widely read sources such as TIME, The Blaze, Patheos, and Charisma. She blogs regularly, sharing rich and reflective stories from her experiences of finding Hope in all corners of the world, including in the vilest forms of human trafficking and her personal, daily struggles with faith and courage.
Fighting to end human trafficking in the darkest corners of our world, skeptics declared many of the tasks set before her as impossible. However, fueled by compassion and incensed by grotesque injustice, Kimberly led Make Way Partners to the successful completion of building the first orphanage on the border of Darfur, Sudan. Building supplies had to be transported nearly 2,000 miles over hostile terrain with no roads or bridges. Today MWP continues to build upon that groundbreaking success and leads a powerful, indigenously based anti-trafficking network spanning Sudan and South Sudan and housing, educating, and employing more than 2,000 indigenous peoples.
Kimberly is a certified Equine Professional and Organizational Leader through Natural Lifemanship and uses these skills to help others find their deepest calling, value, and joy in the Abundant Life we are promised in the here and now. She is passionate about helping others to discover their unique purpose in this world. She leads the daily operations of MWP, and divides her time between each of its international locations, writing, and public speaking in the US and abroad. Kimberly takes great pleasure in blazing new trails with others on their journey–most notably her horse and constant companion, Rusty-the-True–that rescued her along the way.
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