Kathleen Quinn has worked with others since 1992, taking action on the multiple harms generated by sexual exploitation, first as a community volunteer and later as the Executive Director of PAAFE, the Prostitution Awareness and Action Foundation of Edmonton. She was part of a neighbourhood initiative that challenged the City of Edmonton to take action on the demand side (the sex consumers), resulting in the creation of the Prostitution Offender Program in 1996. Funds generated by this program are used to help heal the harm through poverty relief, counselling, bursaries and support for women who have experienced sexual exploitation. Kathleen is a strong advocate and speaker on the human rights of vulnerable persons who are exploited by sexual predators, sex consumers, human traffickers, drug traffickers and pimps.
PAAFE's vision is a community where there is hope, respect and transformation for persons, families and communities impacted by sexual exploitation.