A.R.I, Inc. is survivor-led. Growing up in a Christ-centered and loving family, Jessica has always had a heart for outreach and local missions. She won state awards for the arts, female vocals, and poetry. Her world began crashing around her at the age of 15 Jessica was being sexually abused by a "friend" of the family. This led to a downward spiral of self-harm and she started experimenting with drugs. Jessica dropped out of high school and ran away from home. She answered an ad in a local paper for a customer service rep and was lured in by a trafficker. She was branded (tattooed as property) and exploited for 5 months. She managed to escape nearly losing her life (October 2003). This led to a life further in addiction and abusive relationships. Jessica stepped into recovery in May 2008 and turned her life over to God.
Her trafficker is now serving a life sentence in prison for trafficking, multiple counts of battery, multiple counts of statutory rape and murder. Her brandings were covered in 2016. Soon after ARI began to reach survivors of not only trafficking but domestic violence, self-harm, addiction, and other forms of trauma and abuse across the United States.
Through her story and heart for the hurting, Jessica hopes to be a beacon of HOPE to those she serves. She is a firm believer in allowing voices of survivors to be heard and no longer silenced.
This is a 2007 mug shot of Jessica -she was arrested for violation of a controlled substance.