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T Goes To College 2013

T Goes To College 2013

Withelma “T” Ortiz is a survivor leader and advocate. From the ages of 10-17 T survived being subject to commercial sexual exploitation here in the united states, through Domestic Human Trafficking, throughout California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada. T now uses her lived experiences to teach, lead, and educate on needed reforms to systems and existing services that often interface with youth who have been sexually victimized including the child welfare, juvenile justice and mental health systems. T has lectured at Many venues including Georgetown Law, The TriBeca Film Festival, and the U.S. Senate. She has testified before members of Congress, and shared her story on a national level as one of GLAMOUR Magazine's 2011 Women of the Year. T currently serves on The National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council and is a Young Woman Leader and Member of the Board of Directors for the Human Rights Project for Girls Based in Washington, D.C. Her efforts are ongoing and continual, as she is working on her Campaign to raise funds for college and Most Recently Been Awarded By The Los Angeles County Probation Department For Her Local & National Work. She is also a Daily Mentor to other girls who have been similarly forced into the modern day form of slavery. T feels that with A College Degree (Major in Mass Communications; Minor in Public Policy) That she can further contribute to her advocacy of Victims of Domestic Human Trafficking and Foster Youth. Some of Her Experience Includes:Served as a Panelist at the U.S. SenateModel for Blair Underwood including September's "Red Carpet Event" featuring Robin Thicke, Ginuwine, Faith Evans, Jermain Dupree & Sydney Nycole, as well as the upcoming Blair Underwood K&G Clothing Stores CommercialServes on the Board of Directors for the Human Rights Project 4 Girls Based in Washington D.C.4 year Local Community MC (SEM Awareness Week & Runaway Awareness Week)GLAMOUR Magazine's Woman of the YearTriBeca Film Festival Panelist for Google IdeasStory on ABC NightlineAssisted in Building an Alameda County Social Services ProgramAssisted in Building a Nationally Known Alameda County Non-profit for Sexually Exploited YouthWith a College Degree, She Could Change The World!!

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