Kelly Diane Galloway| Up and Comer Award Endowment Winner
Kelly Diane Galloway is a modern day abolitionist. While it may be difficult to think that human trafficking is a problem in Western New York, the reality is that this largely unreported crime affects women and girls throughout our region. Kelly has fought to eradicate this issue, often rescuing women from the bleakest of circumstances.
After establishing Ramp Global Missions in 2015, Kelly continued to advocate for victims of human trafficking, working to open Mona’s House in 2017. This is the first restoration home exclusively for women who have been rescued from human trafficking, where they are encouraged and empowered to begin the journey back to wholeness through a 12-month program. Through their outreach, Kelly aims to bring awareness to as many people as possible. She teaches how to avoid being trafficked and what to look for in identifying victims, and trains volunteers to do the same. Kelly spends countless hours personally escorting women to court to fight for their rights, and sits beside them when they have been mistreated so badly that hospitalization is required.
At Mona’s House, there is no prejudice and no judgment. Each woman is welcome with open arms, and services are individualized based on each unique situation.
By providing a place where residents are encouraged to take control of their own destiny, Kelly is helping women heal while working toward a Western New York where human trafficking is no longer a silent crime.