Matthew Stephens
Senior Technical Advisor - Child Protection

Matthew Stephens is the Senior Technical Advisor for Child Protection with World Vision US based in Washington, DC. For over 16 years, Matthew has worked domestically and internationally to strengthen government and community responses to child abuse, neglect and exploitation. Since 2011, Matthew has served as World Vision US’s principal technical advisor for child protection programming in over 20 countries. Prior to his current role, Matt spent eight years in the Republic of Georgia, and from 2007 to 2011 led World Vision’s response to human trafficking in the Middle East and Eastern Europe as Regional Anti-Trafficking Coordinator. Principle interests are faith community influence on violence against children, system dynamics in CP systems, male engagement in addressing adolescent GBV, and child labor trafficking. 

Areas of Expertise
  • Violence Against Children
  • Child Protection Systems
  • Child Trafficking
  • Child Labor
  • Child Marriage
  • Children in Emergencies
  • Faith Communities and Violence
  • Children Outside Parental Care
Personal Life

Matthew and his wife Salome have three children: Elene, Andrew and Noah. 


B.S. Psychology – Abilene Christian University
M.S. Social Work – University of Texas-Arlington


New Vows: Empowering Communities to End Child Marriage (2019, co-author)

In the Shadow of a Broken Shrine: Child Labor in Nepal (2017)

Facilitators and Barriers to Community Protection, Health, and Social Welfare Service Delivery: Para-Social Worker Experiences in Five Countries. (2018, co-author).


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