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Gail Frances Gardner


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Gail Frances Gardner is the first African American woman in the state of Florida who is the namesake of Gail’s Law, a DNA Evidence Rape Kit Tracking System. She is the recipient of the Department of Justice’ Office of Victims of Crime’s Special Courage Award, and the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence Advocate and Activist Award. She is the CEO of the Gail F. Gardner Social Justice Association, Inc., grassroots, nonprofit organization in Florida. Gail Gardner is an author, advocate, and activist on behalf of those of marginalized communities and who have experienced injustice, and addresses systemic injustice issues at the local, state, and national levels, especially those who have survived childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and human trafficking of which she also a survivor.

Rev. Gardner earned a Master of Art degrees from the University of Central Florida in English Education, and Liberty University in Pastoral Counseling, and pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies with a concentration in Trauma Crisis
(including the negative effects on the marginalized mental health). She is also an ordained minister. She is an advocate for women who have experienced sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and human trafficking. She considers herself a
“Thriver” whose mission and vision are to share knowledge, encourage, inspire, promote compassion, empathy, and aid in the enhancement of the lives of other survivors and envision building strong communities collaboratively with other individuals,
organization, and legislative leaders in order to eradicate the violence connected with these social ills.

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