Michelle Jewsbury is an international philanthropic, speaker, author, and
breakthrough coach. May 2014, she took her first humanitarian trip to Guatemala
where she helped an orphanage on the Rio Dulce. Her next mission trip took her to
Kenya, Africa with Kizimani, a non profit that focuses on bringing hope and
sustainable change to impoverished communities. In 2015, she embarked in a
career as Vice President for Young Vision Africa, a non-profit organization that
encourages young leaders in Sierra Leone to make lasting changes in their country.
Also in 2015, Michelle joined a team of people in Hyderabad, India where she
worked with Back2Back at one of their orphanages.
Michelle left her position with Young Vision Africa in August 2016 to
focus her efforts on ending domestic violence. Her desire to help victims of
domestic abuse came from personal experience in such a relationship. Michelle
was with her assailant for three years where she endured physical, sexual,
emotional and financial abuse. Michelle wrote, produced and performed a critically
acclaimed play about her experience entitled But I Love Him. The play debuted at
the largest Solo Festival on the West Coast, The White Fire SoloFest, with a nearly
sold out performance in February 2016. The show, also staged in the 2016
Hollywood Fringe Festival, received multiple reviews and commendations.
She has since completed and published her personal memoir with the same
title as her play. But I Love Him is a painful yet inspirational true story of a
strong, independent woman caught in the horrifying cycle of domestic violence
and how she got out. In this book, she shares the details of her struggle with
genuine honesty, taking the reader on a twisted journey of love, pain and
unyielding brutality that eventually leads…to peace. Mixing statistics, research and
resource with her own account (and even some humor), Michelle shows just how
far someone in her situation can sink, why it happens and how they can always
pick themselves back up. Those who hear her story walk away with a newfound
understanding about the horrors of domestic violence, how to escape and how to
build a new, healthier life.
In July 2017, Michelle founded Unsilenced Voices, a 501(c)3 nonprofit
focused on inspiring change in communities around the globe by encouraging
victims to break free and survivors to speak up about domestic violence and sexual
assault. The mission of Unsilenced Voices is to provide shelter and relief to
survivors of domestic abuse and sexual gender-based violence worldwide.