Theresa Caldwell Jenkins

Speaker Services, Motivational Speaker

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Phone: 202-505-5954
E-Mail: Theresa@theresajenkins.org
Website: www.theresajenkins.org
Availability: Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama; Nationwide

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Topics: Sex Trafficking, Sex Abuse, Mental Abuse, Domestic Violence, Crisis, Homelessness, Self-Empowerment, Personal Development, Women’s Empowerment, Teens, Addiction/Recovery

Areas: Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia. New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama; Nationwide

Title: Motivational Speaker

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Sex trafficking survivor shows how to spot and report predators and victims of abuse, and offers help, hope and life-saving strategies to victims, survivors, friends and family.

In a nutshell
Are you or a friend or loved one a victim of sex trafficking or abuse? Theresa Jenkins was sex trafficked from the age of 8 to 11 by a family member, and today she’s committed to bringing help and hope to victims and survivors like herself. Her passionate, energetic presentation gives you everything you need to know to stay safe and aware, both on the street and on social media, so you can spot predators before they strike and avoid getting trapped in a nightmare—or lifetime—of abuse.

“Sex traffickers are very savvy,” says Theresa. “They look for people who are vulnerable, have emotional issues, need money or don’t have social support or a stable living situation and they promise them better lives. People displaced by natural disasters or political instability are often targeted. They may promise education, a high-paying job, or a loving relationship. For example, a trafficker may target someone who faces financial hardship and needs to earn money to get out of debt or support their family.”

Theresa’s life-changing presentation shows you how to avoid sex traffickers or, if you’re a survivor, how to move beyond abuse, manage your fears, replace self-judgment with love, and start treating yourself really well. As part of her recovery, Theresa had counseling and training to help other victims. “I want to show them that they can make it back to living in normal society,” she says. Her eye-opening talk gives your group techniques they can use right now to create a happier, healthier lifestyle. “I’m committed to empowering those who are in need and hurting, using my skills and talent to raise awareness and encourage others to get involved in the fight for human rights around the globe,” she adds. “I give people hope. They look at me and know that if I can survive, they can too, and that love, courage and hope is real!“

No one should be treated as a commodity, and awareness is the first step. As friends, parents, guardians, teachers, community leaders, business owners, members of advocacy groups or law enforcement, or policy makers, we can each play a crucial role in combating human trafficking. After leaving this eye-opening presentation, you may save someone’s life!

Takeaway
Your audience will leave confident they know how to stay safe at all times and what to do if they’re caught in a sex trafficking situation. Plus, you’ll spot these red flags that someone may need help:

  • Communication seems rehearsed or scripted
  • Someone is monitoring their movements
  • They live with an “employer”
  • No access to identity documentation
  • No contact with friends or family
  • Poor living conditions and/or multiple people in a cramped space
  • Working excessively long hours with little or no pay

Why Theresa Caldwell Jenkins is unique…
“I’m a victim who has moved on from my mishaps,” says Theresa, who became an expert in sex trafficking because she was a victim. But she turned a negative into a positive, and is now married and living a peaceful life. “I overcame my fears and drug abuse,” she adds, “and I’m not afraid of my past. Today, I feel free and love to help people. I stopped looking back and stand tall.”

That’s why we need to make everyone in the community aware of this problem and help victims come forward to talk about it. I believe that will make it easier for others to ask for help. We have to create an environment and culture where vulnerable people, including prostitutes and immigrants, are not automatically treated as criminals.

Fast Facts
Theresa was sex trafficked from age 8 to 11 years and spent 15 years in the adult sex industry.

Runaways and women and girls with low education have fewer employment options and are at risk for exploitation. They may know they’re being taken advantage of, but they accept trafficking and abuse because they need to support themselves and their kids.

Victims may have been brainwashed and do not speak up. They may feel shame and fear, or that what has happened to them is their fault.

In some cases, victims don’t see themselves as victims.

Recruiters and dishonest employers may exploit women and girl immigrant workers who are looking for decent work, such as domestic labor. These employers prey on their victims’ vulnerabilities, such as language barriers and lack of documentation or family support, to hold them in debt bondage or in slave-like conditions by underpaying—or not paying at all.

You’ll learn how to…

  • Stay safe and aware at all times
  • Know what to do and who to call if you’re caught in a sex trafficking situation
  • Trust people who can help you, such as police and doctors
  • Stay safe on social media
  • Safely engage with people
  • Recognize the signs of human trafficking and spot victims
  • Safely speak up for yourself
  • Conquer shame and fear if you’ve been a victim
  • Create a happier, healthier lifestyle

What people are saying… 
“Awesome young lady and a great comeback!”
– DJ Vic, host, WRFG 89.3-FM Atlanta

Books 
A Diary from Hell: Being Sold as a Child in America

Best-fit Audiences

  • Colleges, Universities, Schools, Youth Groups
  • Non-Profits
  • Conferences, Expos, Fairs, Retreats
  • Parties, Events of all types
  • Business & Civic Groups
  • Millennials
  • Community Organizations
  • Attorneys, Military, Police,
  • Emergency Preparedness,
  • Parents, Educators
  • Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Small Offices
  • Travel Companies, Cruise Lines
  • Therapists, Psychologists, Counselors and Coaches
  • Women’s Groups, Career Women
  • Political & Historical Groups/Associations
  • Churches, Synagogues, Religious Groups
  • Christian Groups
  • Libraries, Museums
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Hospitality Organizations, Restaurant Associations
  • Health Care Groups, Hospitals, Medical Offices
  • Health Workers, Healers, Caretakers, Cancer Survivors
  • Nursing Programs, Medical Centers
  • Health Spas, Fitness Centers
  • Rehab Centers, Recovery Support Groups

Presentations

Offered as keynotes, breakouts, seminars or workshops, retreats, trainings and webinars, and customized for your group. Theresa Caldwell Jenkins is also available as a panel guest or moderator.

Sex Trafficking Awareness

In this life-saving presentation, Theresa Jenkins draws on her personal experience as a sex trafficking victim and survivor to give you the facts and strategies you need to spot predators fast and never fall into their trap again. And if you suspect that someone may be a victim of sex trafficking, you’ll know the signs of abuse, so you can help.  

You’ll learn how to…

  • Stay safe and aware at all times
  • Know what to do and who to call if you’re caught in a sex trafficking situation
  • Trust people who can help you, such as police and doctors
  • Stay safe on social media
  • Safely engage with people
  • Recognize the signs of human trafficking and spot victims
  • Safely speak up for yourself
  • Conquer shame and fear if you’ve been a victim
  • Create a happier, healthier lifestyle

As part of her recovery, Theresa had counseling and training to help other victims, and she’s an expert in helping survivors find the path out of victimhood and back to a normal life. “You can make it back to living in normal society,” she says, and this talk gives you a step-by-step roadmap so you can do just that.

Meet Theresa Caldwell Jennings…

“I’m a 43-year-old survivor of child sex trafficking and adult sex abuse. I was sex trafficked as a child by a family member and became a teen parent. By the time I was 19, I had two children and was caught up in the adult sex industry, where I spent the next 15 years. Drugs, prostitution and becoming homeless was a way of life, and I lost my children and my self-identity.

“I hit rock bottom and was homeless, living in my car, when God spoke to me in a dream. He told me that if I didn’t get my life together, I was going to die. But I was not ready to go yet. After that dream, I went and got myself cleaned up, and I got on the right path. That’s when I started speaking to women and helping others.”

What people are saying…

“Awesome young lady and a great comeback!”
– DJ Vic, host, WRFG 89.3-FM Atlanta

I love Theresa… She is so awesome, and her story is inspiring!”
– Mesi James, owner of We are the James Radio

Books by Theresa Caldwell Jenkins

A Diary from Hell: Being Sold as a Child in America

Product DetailsTheresa Caldwell Jenkins was a victim of sex trafficking as a child by a family member. She was kept in a closet and beaten daily, neglected and physically and mentally abused. Sometimes she was allowed to eat and sometimes she wasn’t. She was left in the care of a family member who took her young innocence by selling her for sex to men at an early age. When most children are at the tender age of adolescence and playing at the playground, she was living in a daily hell. The welfare system failed her many times, sending her back to a home that only the devil could have occupied. By  age 11, she had attempted suicide seven times. With no success, she ran away to live on the streets of Cincinnati, Ohio, until she was caught and sent to many children’s homes and foster homes. Read as she takes you through her journey as she recounts her “Diary from Hell.”

 


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