Kimberly Palermo is currently pursuing a master’s in social work at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She was selected as the Celia M. Howard Fellow at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and will be conducting research on all the facets of human trafficking. Within the institute, she also served as the Graduate Social Work Intern. During her time she assessed and evaluated with individuals, groups and organizations to advocate for policies that advance social well-being.
In 2014, Kimberly earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from SIU Carbondale. While pursuing her undergraduate degree she held the position of president for the Southern Illinois Dance Company. She also provided services to survivors of abused women and children throughout the southern Illinois region while volunteering at the Women’s Center.