Christine is an internationally recognized author and speaker on the social injustices facing under-served populations today. As a survivor of human trafficking, homelessness, and addiction, Christine – now blind as a result of a disease that forced her to choose between her unborn child and her eyesight – is on a mission to bring justice and awareness to the forefront of social change through education and unconditional love. Completely blind and eternally vigilant, today Christine uses her life experience and education to work as an advocate for trafficking victims, the homeless, recovering addicts, ex-offenders and disabled populations.
Christine is a proud mom of her 11-year-old son and practices a loving open adoption with her daughter’s adoptive parents. Christine is the author of Cry Purple: One Woman’s Journey through Homelessness, Crack Addiction and Prison to Blindness, Motherhood, and Happiness. Her newest book, “The Same Kind of Human: Seeing the marginalized and Exploited through Eyes of Love and Compassion” was recently released. She is the founder of Christine’s Vision and has been featured locally and nationally on various media outlets, including NBC, CBS, FOX and NPR and most recently an interview on Missouri Viewpoints. Christine also sits on multiple local, state-wide and international level boards and committees, and is the recipient of the 2015 Mental Health Champions’ Award for Addiction Disorders.