Kayla Houser is a senior program specialist focusing primarily on the PREA Targeted Implementation and Planning Support (TIPS), to which supports smaller confinement facilities to become PREA compliant. She joins Impact Justice with over a decade of experience in the victim services field, with specific focus on addressing sexual violence through an anti-oppression framework.
Most recently she coordinated the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s projects to reach survivors who are under- and un-served by the anti-sexual violence movement. Her work primarily focused on expanding sexual assault services to older adults, people with disabilities, and individuals who are incarcerated through training and technical assistance to rape crisis centers and allied professionals. Kayla spearheaded a multi-year project with Pennsylvania county jails and rape crisis centers to enhance services to incarcerated survivors. Her other work has focused on domestic violence services and supporting crime survivors through the post-sentencing process. She has a particular interest in trauma-informed approaches to corrections and survivor-centered paths to healing.
Kayla has received sexual assault and domestic violence counselor/advocate, and community crisis response training. She has BA in political science with pre-law and a certificate in diversity and social justice from Lebanon Valley College.