Special thanks to Cell Block 2 City Block (Sacramento) for artwork
Human trafficking survivor from Milwaukee, Chrystul Kizer, shot and killed Randy Volar in an act of self-defense in June 2018 when she was 17 years old. Prior to his death, officials in Kenosha knew about Randy Volar’s history of sexual abuse against young black girls. In February 2018, Volar, a 33-year old white man, was arrested on multiple charges including child sexual assault and was released without bail. Police had collected evidence that shows Volar had been sexually abusing multiple black girls, including Chrystul
Kenosha prosecutors failed to act when they knew Volar was committing acts of violence and exploitation against black girls, including Chrystul. Yet, DA Michael Graveley is charging Chrystul with first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a life sentence in Wisconsin; her bail is set at $1 million. In December 2019, Chrystul’s lawyer argued that affirmative defense law applies to Chrystul’s case. The judge rejected this argument; however, the judge’s ruling is subject to appeal. Affirmative defenses protect trafficking survivors from prosecution for “offenses” as a result of being trafficked.
DA Graveley is choosing to assert to Chrystul, her family and the broader community that Black women and girls do not live lives worth saving. Chrystul was a child and was being victimized and sexually exploited by an adult. Black girls have the right to resist sexual violence and the right to survive.
Throughout pre-trial hearings, organizers from Milwaukee, across Wisconsin and beyond have worked to uplift Chrystul’s story and generate community support to demand DA Graveley drop all charges. To learn more about how to get involved in the fight for Chrystul Kizer’s feedom, visit the “Actions” menu on this site.