Laramie Gorbett has always fostered a passion for advocacy and activism and has taken that passion and implemented it into her personal, academic and professional life. She received her BA in Anthropology from Texas Tech University in 2002 where she was a McNair Scholar, President of Lamda Alpha Honor Society and President of the Sociology Club. In her graduate studies at New Mexico State University (MA 2006) and USC she used non-human primates as models to explore violence against females from a cross-cultural, biological and evolutionary perspective. Laramie has many years of experience working with survivors in various capacities, including her work at Women’s Protective Services, Lubbock Rape Crisis Center, Domestic Violence Educational Services in California, Williamson County Crisis Center, Trinity Center and as a Victims Counselor with Travis County Sheriff’s Office. She participates on the Austin Travis County Family Violence Task Force, Family Violence Protection Team and Immigrations Services Network of Austin. She holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management from Center for Community-Based & Nonprofit Organizations & Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations. In 2009, Laramie founded Empower Art, an emerging non-profit that teaches healthy coping skills to survivors of abuse through music and art workshops. She developed curriculum specifically for survivors of complex trauma. She has facilitated hope and healing workshops for survivors of human trafficking, refugees, and other marginalized populations. She is an active participant in the global V-DAY movement to end violence against women and girls.