Policy Coordinator for the Avery Seal
How did you first learn about and begin working with The Avery Center?
I learned about the Avery Center when it was Free Our Girls, I was a part of the Care Package Program and then the Job Program. I had been unable to start a job I had just been offered due to COVID and saw on social media a shout out for the Job Program. I've been with The Avery Center since August of 2020.
What do you think sets The Avery Center apart from other organizations in this sector?
The Avery Center is a unique combination of lived experience and educated and informed allies. It is survivor focused and survivor led, making it a unique environment to be a part of that not many anti-trafficking services providers offer. Our drive to provide this is reflected in our research and services arms, which is a unique niche within the field. Research is not seen often as led by lived experience, and it is a powerful tool that we possess.
What's your favorite part/the most fulfilling part of your role?
I feel like the work I am doing in the research department is giving me the opportunity to do what I have always wanted to, addressing systems that impact the individual client. It is so fulfilling to be a part of projects that I know are making a difference from the macro to the micro.
What do you enjoy doing when you're not at The Avery Center?
Cuddling dogs, creating art, and playing Sky: Children of the Light and Zelda games
Who is someone you admire, and why?
I am motivated and inspired by my survivor siblings that keep me going and give me hope!
Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
I create electronic music and dabble in graphic design.
What advice would you give someone who wants to join the Avery team of superstars?
Don’t be afraid to risk, stay flexible, keep building on your education and see your lived experience as a vital asset to this work.
What you're listening to now:
The Allender Center Podcast
TV show you're hooked on:
Anything Psychologically Drama oriented- I can’t escape my calling.
Photo Credit: Lauren Trantham of Ride My Road
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