Meet Kimya Motley
"When ONE woman shares the pain of her heart, it empowers millions of others to heal. They will say, "If she can do it, so can I.' When we start doing this, we can heal the world."
Ms. Kimya N. Motley is an inspirational speaker, author, and subject matter expert for Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Dating Violence prevention and intervention. She is a certified educator in the state of Georgia with over 20 years of teaching experience in the public-school system.
She received a Bachelor of Sciences in a dual program with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the College of Education from the University of Georgia. Additionally, Motley received a Master of Sciences in Counseling Psychology from The University of Missouri.
After surviving a near death tragedy in 2011, Motley founded Haven of Light International, Inc. in May 2013. Haven of Light International is a non-profit designed to help families rebuild their lives after abuse.
Motley earned the distinction of Teacher of the Year for Rosebud Elementary and served on the Teacher Advisory Council to the Gwinnett County School System’s Superintendent for the 2015 – 2016 school year. In the same year, in recognition for her work as an educator, she received commendations from Kelly Kautz, Mayor of Snellville and State Senator Gloria Butler.
Motley received a commendation from Governor Nathan Deal in March 2016 for her work as a leading domestic violence advocate. The Investigation Discovery Channel named her their Everyday Hero for the month of November in the same year for the work she does inspiring a difference in the lives of others through her dedication to victims’ rights and healing.
In November 2017, Motley released her memoir, Born of Violence,which made it to number four on the Amazon Hot New Releases List for Partner Abuse within a month of its release. Born of Violence is not only an inspiring account of survival and God’s display of love amidst tragedy, but it is also a moving call to action to victims of Domestic Violence and has been featured on Good Day Atlanta.
In March 2018, Motley received Resolution 1404 from the Georgia House of Representatives and the Nikki T. Randall Servant Leadership Award from Representative Pam Dickerson for her tireless commitment, dedication to the community, and valuable contributions in the best interests of the citizens of Georgia for the work she is doing as an unwavering advocate for Marsy’s Law for Georgia.
Motley enjoys reading, dining out, pinning recipes to her Pinterest board (that she wishes she had more time to make) and spending time with her 23-year-old son, Theron, her 17-year-old daughter, Corinne, and her 12-year-old Pomeranian, Peanut.