Kim is the Executive Director and founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation’s largest network of people of faith engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits and conditions for workers, especially those in the low-wage economy. Since 1996 she has been helping build interfaith groups and workers centers around the nation. Kim was named one of 14 faith leaders to watch in 2014 by the Center for American Progress, and one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2009.
Kim is the author of Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid – And What We Can Do About It, the first and only book to document the wage theft crisis in the nation and propose practical solutions for addressing it. The first edition came out in 2008 and the revised edition in 2011. The book and Kim’s extensive speaking on the subject helped coin the phrase “wage theft” and has helped get the issue of wage theft on the national radar.
Prior to Interfaith Worker Justice, Kim was a trainer for the Midwest Academy, and Director of Organizing for Bread for the World. She writes a column for the online magazine Religion Dispatches. She is co-author of Organizing for Social Change, the best-selling organizing manual in the country.
Kim is the Choir Director at Good News Community Church, a multicultural congregation in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. She also enjoys visiting with her twin sons, Eric and Benjamin, who are away at college.
About this year’s Ladies of Charity USA Assembly
Our theme is Just Care: Vincentian Women in Action. The Ladies of Charity are called as women to the Gospel to love and care for one another. Caregiving is an expression of our interdependency. It is the way, according to St. Vincent de Paul, our founder, that we can truly experience God through one another. At this National Assembly, we will highlight how we are supporting family caregivers. We will also call attention to what society needs to do to bring justice and support to families who care for a loved child, disabled family member or an elderly parent or spouse. As Vincentian women in action We Just Care!