Kalei serves as the Assistant Coordinator for the Department of the Attorney General, Missing Child Center- Hawaii, to assist law enforcement in recovering missing and exploited children. For over a decade, Ms. Grant has contributed her expertise by working with government and non-government agencies to strengthen system response and combat human trafficking. She is recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice Programs and Delinquency Prevention, with special recognition for her leadership in anti-trafficking contributions to resource development for front line responders.
Kalei has shared this knowledge on various platforms ranging from the Department of Education (DOE) superintendents and town hall community boards, the State of Hawaii Supreme Court Justices to the U.S. Department of Defense Combatting Trafficking in Persons (DOD CTIP) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Native Americans (HHS ANA). She is a recent graduate of the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy hosted by the Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) and part of the working group for U.S. Department of State, Senior Policy Operating Group (SPOG), to examine the role of demand reduction domestically and internationally.
As a Native Hawaiian and survivor of sex trafficking, Ms. Grant believes in Ho‘omau (the Native Hawaiian value of perseverance and persistence). The value pushing you to continue to fulfill your purpose; to persevere in your efforts by renewing those efforts and to perpetuate those that worked well. Anything worth having is worth working for; A life of freedom is worth it.
Alani is a special agent and the Alternate Commander for the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force out of the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General’s office which also covers the US territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the CNMI. She is also the handler for K9 Lulu, an electronic detection K9 who helps investigators find digital media devices in support of child sex exploitation cases. Prior to moving to Hawaii, Alani was the International Director of Investigations and Law Enforcement Development at the International Justice Mission, the world’s largest anti-slavery organization. In that capacity, she was responsible for all child sex abuse and sex trafficking cases in the Latin American area of responsibility including offices in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Bolivia, and El Salvador.
Alani is also a 17-year Air Force veteran where she serves as an Office of Special Investigations special agent. Previous assignments include running informants targeting Al Qaeda senior leaders with special operations in Iraq, protecting sensitive technologies from falling into the hands of spies, serving as the senior bodyguard to the Secretary of the Air Force, and investigating felony-level criminal offenses. Alani is passionate about protecting vulnerable populations, detests when the strong use their power to take advantage of the weak, and believes we always achieve more when we do it together.