A respected speaker, writer, and mentor, Jessa Dillow Crisp uses her childhood experience of severe abuse and trafficking to illustrate both the stark realities of sex trafficking, and the truth that healing transformation is possible.  

After her escape and recovery process, Jessa got her degree in Counseling and is presently working on her Master's as a step towards obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. 

In addition to making some of the best lattes in Colorado, Jessa is the co-founder and Executive Director of BridgeHope and is part of the Rebecca Bender Initiative speaker's team. Jessa inspires others through speaking engagements around the world, gives hope through mentoring other survivors of human trafficking, and provides high quality training and consultation services to anti-trafficking organizations around the USA.

Some highlights of Jessa's speaking career include speaking with legislators at the Colorado State Capitol, keynoting at the ANSR Sociological Research Conference, training the Department of Homeland Security, and filming with both Real Women Real Stories and 27Million. 

When she is not working, Jessa enjoys hiking Colorado's mountains with her husband John, finds delight in artistically expressing herself through photography, and is passionate about deeply connecting with people over freshly brewed coffee.


“I was beyond impressed with Jessa’s presentation of her journey. I have heard a lot of people (professionals, survivors, volunteers, etc.) talk about trafficking, but rarely—if ever at all—would I fully endorse everything said in those talks. But after hearing Jessa share, I honestly felt like I had nothing else to add to the conversation and that everything she said was 100% completely spot on. If any organization is wanting to know how to move forward with fighting the injustice of sex trafficking, they would do well to listen to Jessa and to build their efforts around the ideas and perspectives she shares.”
— Terry Mosteller, J.D. | Director of Prevention at Exodus Cry