Equal Justice Works Fellow
In anticipation of Catherine’s featured blog post on Friday, she answered a few questions to get to know her better. Read below to learn more about this week’s featured contributor.
How did you become involved with Metropolitan?
About a year and half ago the Legal Aid Society (LAS) of Metropolitan Family Services, in honor of their 125th anniversary, launched a new program, A.T. L.A.S.S.T., to provide legal services to survivors of sex trafficking. In August 2011, I received an e-mail from a mentor of mine that LAS was looking to bring on a fellow to run the A.T. L.A.S.S.T. project. With a background in anti-trafficking work, I received the position in September 2012 and secured the fellowship funding with a two year Equal Justice Works Fellowship sponsored by Latham & Watkins to work on the A.T. L.A.S.S.T. project.
What are some of your favorite things about Chicago?
I have only lived in Chicago for a couple of months and am just starting to get to know this great city. I’m from a small town so I really enjoyed being able to use public transportation and read while commuting to work. I’m also a huge fan of the Lincoln Park Zoo (I have already gone 3 times since living here!) and walking along Lake Michigan.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
“God has a plan to help bring justice to the world—and his plan is us.”
Gary Haugen, Founder of International Justice Mission
How can people best help others?
By paying attention and being willing to speak up and step up to lend a hand. Sometimes helping out can be as simple as making a phone call for help or reporting something that seems suspicious. So much evil happens in front of our eyes because we don’t want to get involved.
What’s your biggest hope for the future?
I’m always hopeful that I will work myself out of a job. I strongly believe that all forms of slavery and trafficking can be ended during my lifetime. I would love to be forced to go into a different area of law or find a new field because no one is subjected to slavery.
Stay tuned for Catherine’s blog feature on Friday!