Jill Estes was raised in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. As the middle daughter of small business owners, she learned early on about how important it is to be an advocate for the “little guys.” She has also always been passionate about helping the underprivileged and disabled, especially children. Jill was a summer camp counselor for mentally and physically handicapped children for five years, was a volunteer at a hospital’s burn unit in college and has delivered meals during holiday food drives for as long as she can remember. She is most proud of coordinating and running an in-school mentoring program for over 100 law student volunteers to guide elementary-aged students at a low-income charter school in Gainesville, FL.
Although Jill is a Florida Gator through and through, her investigative interests began during a semester in American University’s “Justice Program.” Through this program, Jill secured an internship with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the Missing Children’s Division. This experience was life-changing for Jill as it awakened a passion for protecting families whose lives were devastated through no fault of their own. After college, Jill returned to the National Center to work in international case management. She assisted with locating and arranging the return of hundreds of children abducted from foreign countries into the United States. The highlight of her career there was coordinating the US State Department, the US Marshall’s Service, the FBI and local law enforcement for the first known recovery of an American child abducted to Thailand.
After earning a law degree from the University of Florida, Jill returned to a career of service at a consumer advocacy firm in Tampa, Florida. This firm and the Consumer Warning Network provide an outlet for exposing the truths about fraud and deception and for effecting change in corporate policies. This is the ultimate avenue to give a voice to those who need one, and Jill intends to speak loudly and to be heard.