After decades of work on the front lines, RESPOND was established to fill identified gaps in the system that impede justice, healing and advancement of reform.
Our vision integrates the experience of individuals, communities and systems to improve the collective response to violence and trauma.
We are committed to providing tools to assist practitioners and facilitate a survivor’s experience with the systems designed to protect them.
“Kelsey’s knowledge and institutional insight has proven invaluable to building our non-profit. ” - Mother
“When my daughter was raped and murdered, I knew I had to do something. Starting a non-profit to address the issues which ultimately led to her murder was the direction I decided to take. I knew nothing about the system I hoped we could help change. And then I met Kelsey McKay, founder of RESPOND. Kelsey’s knowledge and institutional insight has proven invaluable to building our non-profit. Her experience, familiarity with barriers, and her ability to translate complexities helped us make true progress. I am forever grateful for RESPOND’s collaboration on the work we do.” -Mother