About Gina

Imagine experiencing childhood abuse, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. Now imagine surviving that and becoming a powerful advocate for others. After years of silence, Gina Cavallo broke through the fear and shame that had once held her captive. Finding her truth and courage, she realized that by sharing her lived experience, she could inspire others on their journey to freedom.

Since starting work in the anti-trafficking and prevention education field, Gina has become an important voice in state and national policy making. She has testified before the House on Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the implementation of the TVPA (Trafficking Victims Protection Act) and was selected to serve on the nationally renowned PACT (formerly ECPAT-USA) Advisory Council. Working with the NJ Department of Education, Gina helped in the development of Guidelines for Schools on Human Trafficking and frequently speaks to students on the prevention of Human Trafficking.

As a lived experience expert, Gina engages with legislators and testifies in the State House, advocating for change in laws and addressing sex trafficking and exploitation. She has delivered keynote speeches and training sessions to law enforcement, health care providers, educators, and community groups throughout the United States. Gina’s organization, We RISE USA, provides resources and emergency assistance to survivors. Gina received the National Liberators Award for Survivor Leader in 2020, served with Shared Hope International, and is a member of the Survivors Leaders Institute and Survivor Alliance.

Awards and Recognition

  • Commendation from U.S. Army
  • Rising Phoenix Award
  • Certificate of appreciation William Paterson University
  • Senatorial Citation  from  State of Ohio Senators Teresa Fedor and Stephanie Kumzie
  • Recipient of 2020 National Liberators Award for Leadership
  • Proclamation from Township of Toms River
  • Finalist with White House Champion of Change for my work
  • Ramapo College Russ  Berrie Award Making a Difference