Hi Chris & Phyllis! 

Matt and I want to thank you for joining us on the Fierce Freedom Podcast. You will find information on the topics you would like to cover, the recording and publishing plan, podcast questions and promotional graphics. These will be added as we get them completed.

The Podcast Guest Survey will assure that we have your details correct for the podcast. You will be able to upload your bio and any photos / headshots to be used for promotion. Please complete this at your earliest convenience.

The survey password is “fierce”. 


Cat Morgan, Fierce Freedom Podcast Producer

Christopher McKee

Christopher McKee

Retired Police Captain, Involved in First Prosecuted Trafficking Case

Christopher M. McKee retired from over twenty-eight years of law enforcement service, most recently as Captain for the Town of Suffield, Connecticut Police Department, having been appointed in October 2016. Prior to this appointment, Christopher M. McKee served as a Police Lieutenant with twenty-four (24) years of service with the Windsor, Connecticut Police Department, serving a jurisdiction of over 29,000 residents.

Captain McKee (Ret.) serves as an instructor providing professional development to police officers, juvenile court officials, youth mobile crisis clinicians, school faculty, and child welfare staff throughout the country on youth crisis intervention, de-escalation, communication techniques, and police-school relationships through the Crisis Intervention Team-Youth (CIT-Y) and the Adolescent Mental Health Training for School Resource Officers (AMHT-SRO) curricula of the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, Policy Research Associates (PRA), and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). Captain McKee also serves as an instructor for both the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE) on CIT-Y and other youth mental health topics and the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (CT JJAC) Effective Police Interactions with Youth and Effective School Staff Interactions with Students and Police curricula. Chris is in the process of completing his Master’s Degree in Leadership in Justice.

Phyllis V. Digioia

Phyllis V. Digioia

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW & Executive Director

She has been a social worker for over 28 years and has specialized in first responder care management and clinical mental health addictions, and trauma treatment for over 18 years. She frequently trains law enforcement audiences on the topics of law enforcement peer support, post shooting trauma, and mental health awareness during advanced police training as well as mandatory police officer recertification. She also trains first responders in a wide array of mental health topics including cumulative stress, trauma, wellness and resiliency.

“I believe that one individual who is determined to make a difference in the world, can, with desire, drive, dedication, discipline, passion, and persistence. The world can be altered and billions of people’s lives can be impacted positively in an unimaginable way.” ATGW

Topic(s) To Discuss

  • The need for support of first-responders
  • How we can support first responders through PTSD and other mental health concerns
  • The work of Honor Wellness and its goal to help these population


  1. Who would you say fits your provisional window?
  2. Why did you feel a desire to create Honor Wellness?
  3. What are some of the health concerns first responders experience?
  4. Do you think this is an under-served population when it comes to mental health?
  5. How do your programs work to combat the ill effects of this work on officers?
  6. How can you support a first responder who has experienced PTSD in their work?
  7. How can people directly support your work?


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Our Mission

The Fierce Freedom Podcast aims to shine light on all aspects of modern-day slavery by sharing compelling conversations with individuals who are using their passions and talents to fight human trafficking and exploitation. By telling these stories, we hope to both educate listeners through spreading awareness and to inspire individuals to rise up and fight within their sphere of influence. 


Once you have confirmed the date and time that works with our producer, you will receive a calendar invite with a link to a Zoom meeting. If you need to change the date or time we ask you try to let us know 7 days ahead of scheduled recording. 

We typically ask guests to reserve an hour of recording time, please let us know if you need to leave early so we can be sure to adjust accordingly.

The recording will then be edited for clarity and timeliness and will typically air the following Tuesday at 5am CDT. If you’d like to listen to the recording in advance, please let our producer know by the Friday before the air date.

If there are any topics you’d prefer not to speak on please let our producer know, we are also happy to edit anything out in post-production. Recording style is relaxed and conversational. Even though this is a serious topic our goal is to present information in an accessible way to listeners, we like to end on a note of inspiration and hope whenever possible.

That being said, relax, be yourself, and as always thank you so much for sharing your time and talents with us!



"I believe that all jails desperately need your training as the victims of human trafficking frequently pass through the system. If staff is not trained on the warning signs of human trafficking and what the victims my look like, these are missed opportunities to provide help."

Captain Curt Dutton, Chippewa County Sheriff's Office

“Your agency is my greatest resource to share with anyone I talk to.”

Amy O’Donahue, Deputy, Specialized Enforcement, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Officer Ashland and Bayfield County Sheriff’s Offices

"Human trafficking is a worldwide crisis. Everyone can do something. Stand against this egregious violation and maltreatment of our fellow brothers and sisters on this planet. Join Fierce Freedom and fight human trafficking at home and around the world!"


"Fierce Freedom is at the forefront of anti human trafficking! They are constantly working with the community to train, rescue, and bring awareness! If you're going to support an organization in your area, this is the one to partner with!"