Wilnisha Sutton 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. Before working with FAIR Girls, Wilnisha worked for San Diego Youth Services as a Case Manager for youth ages 12-24 who were being trafficked or impacted by CSEC. She was also a RISE Court advocate (Resiliency Is Strength and Empowerment) a program similar to the HOPE Court program in D.C. Superior Court. As a RISE Court advocate, Wilnisha had the opportunity to engage in the restorative work happening in the juvenile justice system. While Wilnisha has supported her community in many ways, including voter education and registration and anti-gang efforts, her heart is in becoming a leader in the anti-human trafficking movement because, if she believes if she can overcome human trafficking and find her purpose without access to support services, she knows she can help others in their healing journey through providing survivor-centered services.
Wilnisha received many awards for her efforts and community impact in the San Diego area. She was honored to receive the following awards: “Woman of the Year” (2018) by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher; “Community Advocate” (2019) from the Juvenile Justice Commission, and “Thriver of the Year” (2019) from Free to Thrive.
Wilnisha lives to inspire others to become the best version of themselves and motivate them to find their purpose in life. Singing is a passion of hers that has helped change her life. She has sung on stages across the United States, Ghana and Mexico. She is excited to continue her journey in D.C.Wilnisha Sutton