Kembry McNeil-Thompson: Marymount University Senior Pursuing a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Criminal Justice.
My name is Kembry, and I currently intern for the Virginia Coalition Against Human Trafficking [VCAHT]. Over the next few weeks, through a series of blog entries, I hope to share my internship journey experience with you in order to educate about both human trafficking and the critical need to help trafficking survivors by removing legal barriers to finding their wholeness. I will tell the story of how I ended up as an intern for VCAHT, talk about some of the things that I have learned about trafficking with regards to the legal system, educate about trafficking stereotypes, and express what I hope to accomplish once my time with VCAHT has ended. My desire is to bring readers a sense of understanding as to what it’s like to be part of an organization focused on work that is so much greater than ourselves. May each entry express how important the work of VCAHT truly is, and may each reader be able to take something away from my experiences that encourages them to take some action, however small they may feel it is to remove barriers for survivors. I challenge you to also become a part of striving to make a difference in someone else’s life; one important step in doing this can start with supporting the efforts of VCAHT and the survivors it represents by volunteering and/or interning with VCAHT.