About Our Founder

Jessica is a nationally recognized survivor leader that has built a national network of tattoo artists & removal specialists who provide services to survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, former gang members,  and overcomers of self-harm and addiction.  Jessica trains in Iconography, the history of human-trafficking tattoos, and on her lived experience.  She has over 20 yrs around the tattoo industry and she specializes in tattoo identification, & she has over 11 years as an advocate in anti-trafficking.  She has served as an expert witness in trafficking cases in Georgia and Alabama.  She has been a keynote and a presenter at conferences and trainings across the US and in Canada.  Her work is known in the anti-trafficking & tattoo industry across the nation. Jessica has trained over 15,000 law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community advocates, medical professionals, and more nationally and internationally.

Outside of ARI, Jessica is a Peer Support Counselor and provides Art therapy to Behavioral Health Centers & Safe homes.

Jessica has been awarded:

  • 2019 & 2020 Atlanta Non-Profit of the Year
  • 2021 Georgia Trends Top 40 Under 40
  • 2022 Atlanta Business Chronicles Leading Social Entrepreneur in Social Empowerment
  • 2022 Top 40 Georgia Innovators
  • 2023 Atlanta Magazine’s 2023 Women Making A Mark

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