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Keynote Speaker

Kristen Curran


Kristen survived a horrific attack from her ex-husband.  Her story is compelling, as is the systemic response.  Some of her story is outlined in The Washington Post, through a series of articles outlining the man's power and status.  These links are below.

Kristen Curran is a Lieutenant Commander and Judge Advocate in the United States Coast Guard.  She currently serves as a Senior Trial Counsel (prosecutor) at the Coast Guard Legal Service Command where her caseload primarily consists of prosecuting sex crimes, child abuse and child exploitation. In previous Coast Guard legal assignments, she represented over 200 Coast Guard members at Courts-Martial and various administrative hearings as Defense Counsel, Special Victims Counsel, and Respondent’s Counsel.  Prior to being chosen to participate in the Coast Guard post graduate legal program, Kristen served in various Coast Guard positions, including two tours afloat first as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter ASPEN in San Francisco, California and later as Operation Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter OAK in Charleston, South Carolina.  Her individual military awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Commendations Medals, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with the Operational Distinguishing Device.

Kristen is a 2005 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with B.S. in Marine and Environmental Sciences, with high honors.  She graduated cum laudefrom The American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C, where she served as Managing Editor of the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law. She is admitted to the D.C. “Bar.” 

Kristen resides in Northern California with her four children.


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