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 Intimate Partner Violence. 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.
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 resolutions 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.
In November 2018, Gwinnett County District Attorney, Danny Porter, awarded Motley the Victims Voice Award, saying that Motley has “tirelessly advocated” for Georgia and Gwinnett’s crime victims through her “integral” role in passing Marsy’s Law for Georgia.
In March 2019, Motley’s story was featured in the domestic violence training videos for the National Football League and is now being used to educate all 32 teams. Additionally, In April of the same year, Motley and her daughter were featured on The Rachael Ray Show,a national television talk show.
Motley was awarded the Gender Justice Award by the Georgia Commission on Family Violence in September 2019. The Gender Justice Award is given to individuals who increase safety for victims and survivors of domestic violence, enhance accountability of batterers, and make systemic changes to laws in Georgia – all to eliminate gender inequality.
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 24-year-old son, Theron, her 18-year-old daughter, Corinne, and her 13-year-old Pomeranian, Peanut.