Who We Are

We Are Disruptors

There are two kinds of people in the world.  There are the “1's” who believe that one person can change the world and they pursue ways to achieve it.  There are the “1’s” who believe one person can’t change the world, but still have hope they can do something.  We know that if all the “1’s” come together we can provide the passion, the know-how and the get it done spirit to DISRUPT the chains of one of the largest problems the world faces today…..human trafficking. 


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Karen Heard, CEO

Karen has always felt passionate about bringing people together to fight for a common good. After a trip to Cambodia in 2015 where Karen witnessed the horrors of human trafficking first hand, the ministry that has now developed into The 1 Collective was born. Karen lives in the Atlanta area with her two daughters where she loves to be outside paddle boarding or hiking, collecting art history, and spending quality time with her family. 

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Anna Heard, Executive Director

In 2017 Anna visited Cambodia with a team led by Karen Heard. Since then Anna has had a heart for the communities and people of the nations. As Executive Director Anna will be helping to break the chain through mobilizing field visits, overseeing fundraising, and making sure that every member of The Collective is informed, seen, and heard. 

"I am passionate about the fight against human trafficking and it is my joy to be a part of The 1 Collective's efforts to break the chain."

Project Cambodia

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Sony Meas

Sony Meas has worked tirelessly for over a decade to improve the lives of the people in Cambodia.  With a Master’s Degree in Rural Development Management, Sony has created programs that work to end poverty and has fostered deep relationships with those in his community.  He wears many hats for The 1 Collective and teaches English, manages our Project Cambodia sponsorship program, teaches soccer to dozens of children and manages four teams, drives students to school, works in the communities around him, counsels parents,  and so much more.  He and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Rebekah and Angel and live in the Kdhey Takoy village outside of Phnom Penh.  We are grateful to have him as our Cambodia Director. 


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Kim Meas

Kim Meas is the lead teacher for English classes provided through Project Cambodia.  She has taught English to almost 80 children, five days a week for the past five years with The 1 Collective.    Kim never stops mothering and caring for the children in the villages around her and is highly respected and loved.  In her own words, “To serve and work with children is the best privilege in my life”. Kim is married to Sony Meas and they have two daughters, Rebekah and Angel, and live in the Kdhey Takoy village outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  Kim is a vital member of our team and we are honored to have her on our team.  



Beauty for Ashes

Beauty For Ashes is a non-profit 501c3 organization founded in 2014 by Lauren Byler.  They support the efforts in North Africa to prevent, protect and restore victims of human trafficking.  North Africa is a strategic location for combating human trafficking because it is the literal ground along which the majority of trade routes cross from all of Africa to Europe, Asia, and the Americas.  Currently, they have one transition home in a large city in North Africa with plans to expand to other cities in the area and through other countries in the region.  They also work to provide outreach to prostitutes and to educate those who are most vulnerable and at-risk.

The 1 Collective works closely with their US Director, Chrissy Duke, to provide support for their efforts to expand their current facility and the programs they offer.