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the most vulnerable citizens in our society,



Fighting to Protect the Rights of Mothers and Children

Every year, thousands of parents are forced to hand over their children to proven abusers. Sometimes, those abusive ex-partners harm or even kill their children.


Why does this keep happening?


It happens because there are huge flaws in our family court system—ones that often prioritizes the “rights” of abusers over the safety of protective parents and children. As a certified victim and child safety advocate, my purpose is to be a voice for people who aren’t heard and a defender for people who can’t always defend themselves. I work in this field at all levels, from supporting individual victims to advocating for system wide reform.

My work includes:

  • Board President of Family Court Awareness Month

  • Panelist on the Allen v. Farrow documentary series.  

  • Child Safety Advocate on local Family Violence Coordinating Council.

  • Collaborator on legislative reform with state policymakers

  • Member of the National Safe Parents Organization.

  • Contributor to The Washington Post

  • Certified High-Conflict Divorce Coach and Certified Victim Advocate.

  • Co-author of Stop the Silence: Thriving After Child Sexual Abuse.

  • Educating decision-makers and other professionals on domestic violence and sexual abuse

  • Identifying legislative gaps

  • Working with advocacy groups, legislators, and victims

  • Maryland SB17 - Child Custody - Cases Involving Child Abuse or Domestic Violence - Training for Judges

  • Maryland SB57 - Sexual Offenses - Crime of Violence and Lifetime Supervision

Personal Experience

My experience with an ex-husband who was convicted of sexually abusing one of my daughters and then later repeatedly allowed to spend time alone with our other two daughters, drove me to become an unapologetic, outspoken advocate for women and children. Today, I strive to use my voice to shine a spotlight on legislative gaps, pushing for child safety led legislation to become a priority nationwide. I believe our legal system should be used as a tool to easily and quickly protect women and children from physical and sexual violence. My goal is to put an end to systematic abuse of already traumatized families, and to provide children with the safe environments that all human beings have a right to.


Working within the advocacy space is complex, and it requires insights that often come only through hands-on experience.  

In addition to working on legislative change, I also offer my services through a variety of methods for collaboration.  This includes, writing, speaking, and networking on a larger scale to promote widespread change.

Do you have a project you'd like to collaborate with me on?  If so, please reach out via email at:

I can't wait to advocate for real change, together.

Get To Know Me

Want to get to know more about my past advocacy work?  Please check out my work below, along with my petition.

Senator Bailey, Jaymi Sterling

Maryland Mom Fighting to Save Children from Sex Offenders

A Maryland mom is back at it in Annapolis at the State House next week working to create tougher penalties for child sex abusers.

Annie Kenny is fighting to pass the Sex Offender - Lifetime Supervision bill.

The 2021 versions are HB531 and SB333.

We first told you about Kenny in 2019. The bill would mandate that anyone convicted of sexually abusing a minor in the St...

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There’s this place around the corner from you, seemingly insignificant, but it hosts a house of horrors. It’s a place where the same therapists, medical providers and teachers who are legally required to report suspected child abuse are not allowed to save a child before more abuse occurs. Where truth is obsolete, and right and wrong don’t matter.

It’s called family court. And I’ve been tr...

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