Miss District of Columbia 2008 is uniquely well-suited to represent her city. Intelligent and self-effacing, by day she’s a hard-working staffer at Innocents at Risk, a non-profit that combats human trafficking; by night she’s a vivacious addition to Washington’s social scene.
WHY DID YOU COMPETE TO BE THE NEXT MISS D.C.?
Scholarship money. I made it through George Washington University with a scholarship, student loans, and working full-time to pay my bills. I’d never done anything like this before, so the Miss America Pageant will be my second pageant ever. Every penny from this will go towards loans and law school.
WHATS THE ISSUE CLOSEST TO YOUR HEART?
Helping, protecting, and educating children. As Miss D.C. my [cause] is human trafficking, and over 50 percent of victims re children. In the D.C. metro area alone, human trafficking is a $100 million industry.
HOW CAN WE HELP END HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Become educated, raise awareness among others, learn to spot the signs of possible trafficking, and support local NGOs like Innocents at Risk and The Polaris Project.
Photography Joseph Allen