Community Response Advocate, District Heights, MD
Wilnisha Sutton (she/her) is a Community Response Advocate. She has always wanted to give back to those impacted by injustice. She is a lived experience expert (Survivor), so she knows how important it is to reach out and inspire others who have been through similar hardships as her. Ms. Sutton worked for San Diego Youth Services at STARS (Surviving Together, Achieving and Reaching for Success) as a Case Manager for youth ages 12-24 who were being trafficked or impacted by Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. She was also a RISE (Resiliency Is Strength and Empowerment) Court advocate, which is a program similar to the HOPE (Here Opportunities Prepare you for Excellence) Court program in D.C. Superior Court. Therefore, when she was hired to be a HOPE court Case manager with Fair Girls it was a perfect fit. Serving at both diversions youth courts gave Ms. Sutton the opportunity to engage in the restorative work happening in the juvenile justice system. While Ms. Sutton has supported her community in many ways, including voter education and registration as well as anti-gang efforts, her heart is in becoming a leader in the anti-human trafficking movement. She believes if she can overcome past experiences and find her purpose without access to services then she knows she can help others on their healing journey through providing survivor-centered services. Ms. Sutton is also a powerful speaker she has spoken on many platforms, panels, organizations, and colleges regarding topics such as Human Trafficking, racism and activism, self-love, and empowering others to be their authentic self. Ms. Sutton lives to inspire others to become the best version of themselves and motivates them to find their purpose in life. She is excited to continue her journey in DC, and to serve more folks at Network for Victim Recovery of DC.