What drew you to first get involved in human trafficking issues?
I have always been drawn to social justice and community service, but I discovered my passion for human rights advocacy while in college. My passion for human rights is what pushed me to pursue a career in law; I went to law school because I knew that a deeper understanding of the rule of law would allow me to better address the many issues in the field of human rights.
When I was in college, I had the opportunity to work as an intern for Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. During law school, I worked as an intern in the Manila Office of International Justice Mission, assisting in the prosecution of alleged child sex traffickers. When the opportunity came to join BEST’s board, I was thrilled to be able to participate again in the work of promoting and protecting human rights.
What inspired you to join the BEST board?
I am motivated by BEST’s mission. I appreciate that BEST sees the potential in what I believe is an under-utilized space—partnerships between the non-profit and private sectors to solve complex problems of human trafficking.
Why do you feel it’s important to invest in your community?
Serving our community is a value that my parents went to great lengths to instill in me from a very young age. I believe that God loves each and every one of us, that we are all connected to one another, and that we are called to lend a helping hand to our neighbors, whether that neighbor is next-door or halfway around the globe.
When you are not working or volunteering, what other things do you like to do?
My husband and I love to explore the city. We live in downtown Seattle and love the city’s energy. I am also an avid reader; having been an English major in college, I especially enjoy Victorian Era English literature. I also enjoy playing the violin on occasion.