Name: Victoria Vouloumanos
Location: Los Angeles, California
Position: Editor Intern
Fundraising Goal: $500
How did you get interested in global issues?
Human trafficking, unfortunately, sparked my interest in global issues. What I mean is—as a kid, my parents always made sure I knew to be alert and observant when out, whether at the mall or playing outside. I still remember my dad telling me how a kidnapper could pretend I was his unruly child who didn’t want to go home.
During my senior year of high school, my class was to give presentations to the school in honor of Women’s History Month. I decided my group would talk about human trafficking. It was then that I really got interested in human rights and global issues. The more I learned, the more impassioned I became about fighting for them.
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I am volunteering my time to serve the world’s poor because, frankly, I believe it’s the right thing to do and the least I can do.
So often, global issues are dismissed as consequences suffered by a specific people due to a specific government, as though they’re isolated and simple issues. That’s just how it is. The reality is these issues are truly global in that they are layered and interconnected. My interest in global issues and reasons for volunteering stem from a desire to help end human rights violations around the globe, of which these complicated issues are symptomatic.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
I play piano, and I am a 1st degree black-belt in Kenpo karate. I enjoy reading and writing, but also skydiving and zip lining! And my favorite author is Dostoevsky.
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