|Institution||St Mary’s University, Twickenham|
|Discipline||Criminology and Sociology|
|Affiliations||Master’s program is affiliated with the Centre for Modern Slavery at St Mary’s University, Twickenham|
Sarah is a graduate student at St Mary’s University, Twickenham with the goal of obtaining her degree in Human Trafficking, Migration, and Organized Crime. In December 2017, she graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) with a Bachelor of the Arts in Sociology, Specialization in Non-profit and Community Development, and a Minor in Criminology.
While at TCNJ, Sarah was inspired to study human trafficking by a class titled ‘Women in World Perspective’. The final assignment was a research paper focused on an issue that affects women worldwide but limit the research to a singular country. Sarah chose to gather information on the child sex trade in the United States (not including the importation of peoples). The lack of available research on this topic at the time sparked an interest in creating greater public awareness on issues of human trafficking. During her time at TCNJ, Sarah was an active member of the national service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Through the many roles she held within this organization, Sarah was heavily involved with the youth population in the disadvantaged, at risk community surrounding the school. She tutored 2nd-5th graders in an after-school program, who were reading and doing math at a level far below national average. These children also frequently witnessed violence in their community and experienced numerous social problems, including low educational certification attainment compared to the national average.
Sarah interned at the Dean of Students office as the Health and Wellness intern, where she reported on school and community events related to self-image and mental/physical wellness. She also interned at Isles Inc. where she came to understand some of the other issues impacting the underprivileged community where she tutored children. Her main focus was conducting housing surveys (collecting data about building conditions) in order to help make buildings safer and repopulate homes. After Sarah returns home, she hopes to utilize the knowledge from her master’s program to work in either government or education.
In 2016, Sarah submitted a 3,900 word research paper titled “The Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States”.
Sarah has a moderate ability to communicate via American Sign Language (ASL) and basic communication skills in Korean.