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Meet Alison

Meet Alison Friedman

Alison Kiehl Friedman has spent her life protecting those most vulnerable.  Alison joined People For the American Way right out of college, advancing voting rights, preserving class sizes and an independent judiciary.

She co-founded a non-profit to fight human trafficking and moved to the area in 2009 to continue that fight as a senior State Department official guiding the Obama administration’s intensified focus on human trafficking at home and abroad.

Alison helped author a law to fight slavery in supply chains that has become an international model in the fight to end human trafficking, and her work at the State Department led to an Executive Order to strengthen protections against trafficking in persons in federal contracts. Alison’s career has taken her around the world, working with international officials, religious leaders, non-profit organizations and people from across the aisle to protect children and families.

Why I'm Running

Alison Friedman

As a political appointee in the Department of State under President Obama, I worked closely with the foreign service, civil service, and military. Together, we traveled the world, working with government officials, businesses, and survivors to do everything we could to fight human trafficking.

We made real progress built on a foundational belief that people are good, the world is unfair, and good people can fix it.

Then came November, and a new president who leads with a fear that trickles down into classrooms and a cruelty that threatens our values, our health, our ability to provide for our families, and our national security.

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In January, amid the inspiring marches and protests taking place across the country, my daughter Olivia came home from school with a note to the President about kindness.

When I went to take this picture, she refused, because, “What if he finds out that I wrote it and brings his guns to our house?”

We talked about how being an American means being able to stand up for what you believe in, even if the people in power disagree.  And how, in our family, when we see something unfair, we do something to change it.

That’s why I decided to run for Congress in Virginia’s 10th District.