T Ortiz, A.K.A. Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, is a Professional Orator, Human Rights Activist, and Motivational Personality. T is a leading force in advocating for the civil and social rights of all people, with a previous expertise in highlighting the intersectionality between the child welfare system and domestic human trafficking. In 2021, T was named as a National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) Hero. In 2014, T was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the world”, a TIME Magazine “30 under 30” in 2013, and a GLAMOUR Magazine “Woman of the Year” in 2011. Her advocacy has influenced many organizations including The United Nations, Google, The US. Congress, The White House, The American Bar Association, The Aspen Institute, and The Johns Hopkins Institution. Notably, she successfully petitioned the Associated Press to utilize practices conscious of survivor trauma and circumstance, such as the application of proper language in addressing child victims of sex trafficking. T is a proud Magna Cum Laude graduate from Morgan State University holding a B.S. in Strategic Communication. You can also find more about her story of triumph through the documentary “Hope Stories of Survival” available on-demand on Amazon Prime Video.
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T in Action: TEDx Amherst “Exploring Sexuality After Trauma”