Vednita Carter has dedicated her life to advocating for victims of prostitution. She is an author, sought-after speaker and trainer, and an award-winning pioneer in the abolitionist movement. She has extensive experience in developing and planning programs for sex trafficked women and girls, and was awarded the Norma Hotaling Award for her life-long service to victims of sex trafficking. In 1998 Vednita was appointed to the Female Offenders Task Force by the Commissioner of Corrections, and she received an Outstanding Community Service award from Minnesota Women of Color for her work. She is a consultant to the United States Department of Justice, a trainer to the FBI, and has been invited to speak at the United Nations on the topic of prostitution and its impact on African American women.
Recently, Vednita was elected to serve as vice president of the board for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Children (CATW). Vednita was awarded the prestigious Path Breaker Award from Shared Hope International for her tireless efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex. In 2014, Vednita attended President Obama's State of Union address as the guest of Representative Erik Paulsen and in March was named a CNN Hero.