Libba Phillips

Speaker, Writer, Hopeful Navigator


Speaking and Training

Libba's Bio

Libba Phillips is the founder of Outpost for Hope and is bringing awareness to ‘the missing, missing’ and 'the kids off the grid‘; phrases that describe the invisible population of unreported missing children and adults. These unaccounted for lost ones often end up as silent victims of exploitation, human trafficking and harm. Libba founded Outpost for Hope in 1999 after her sister Ashley, who was struggling with depression and drug addiction, disappeared from a life of homelessness on the streets.


Libba is a graduate of Sacramento County Child Protective Services Citizen's Academy, a member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and has a Certificate of Training with the State of CA Dept. of Justice on Missing and Unidentified Persons. Libba has also successfully completed the 'train-the-trainer' course at the National Training Academy for the NamUs System. She has given workshops at the National CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) Conferences and at the National NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Convention in Washington, DC.


Libba's mission to bring awareness about ‘the missing, missing’ has been written about in several national publications including Reader's Digest and People magazine.  The search for her sister inspired the Lifetime television movie, "Bringing Ashley Home".  Libba resides in Florida with her family.


Libba Phillips can provide training presentations to speak on the following topics:

Lost Among The Homeless:  America's Shadow Population

Missing with Mental Illness:  A Misunderstood Dilemma For Law Enforcement & Families of The Missing

The Intersections between Homelessness & Human Trafficking

The Kids Off The Grid:  America's Unaccounted for Missing Children


Presentations may be customized for the following audiences:


Law Enforcement
Social Work
Healthcare (Physicians, Nurses, other Service Providers, etc)
Mental Health (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Counselors, Advocates)
Homeless Services
Drug & Alcohol Recovery Providers
Guardian Ad Litem & Child Welfare Organizations
Pastors Chaplains & Care Providers


Keynotes, Workshops, & Seminars

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Speaking & Training Testimonials

Libba Phillips, founder of Outpost for Hope, has a sister who has been missing multiple times since the onset of bipolar disorder and substance abuse problems. Libba shared what she has learned while searching for her sister in a gripping workshop Treatment Advocacy Center attended at the NAMI 2010 annual convention July 2-4 in Washington DC.

Libba reported that there are an estimated 110,000 reported missing persons in the National Crime Information Center database maintained by the FBI and thousands more missing but not in any database or on the public’s radar screen. They are often unaccounted for due to estrangement from family and friends and often due to a reluctance of law enforcement to take reports on people who are “free” to be missing, homeless, and seriously mentally ill. The result of this is that thousands are victimized or killed because their vulnerability is exploited. In the 11 years since Libba Phillips launched a search for her sister, Outpost for Hope has trained family members, police officers, mental health advocates, and others to help locate loved ones who are in crisis, lost in the streets among the homeless. Libba’s own story and a downloadable copy of a Resource Guide to help families and others locate the lost may be found at