I’m a paralegal, a writer, and an activist with a passion for protecting civil rights and ensuring access to justice. I currently work at the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project where I defend the right to vote and fight back against voter suppression targeting people of color, low-income people, and people with disabilities. I also serve on the Montgomery County Committee Against Hate/Violence promoting cross-cultural, interfaith understanding and advising county leadership on how to address hate crimes and bias incidents targeting minority communities. My writing has been published in The Washington Post, The Mobile Press-Register, The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, and The Montgomery Advertiser.
A proud first-generation, low-income, non-traditional student from Mobile, Alabama, I earned my GED, graduated summa cum laude from Coastal Alabama Community College with my A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies, and received a full scholarship to transfer to Georgetown University where I graduated with my B.A. in Government. In my junior year, I was one of 59 students awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a highly competitive federal scholarship for college students committed to pursuing careers in public service.
While at Georgetown, I did a year-long internship as a legal assistant in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division where I helped enforce federal laws protecting the right to vote and monitored federal compliance. Before joining DOJ, I interned at the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law assisting voters through the Election Protection Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE). I was also an intern for DC Mayor Muriel Bowser in the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs serving the residents of the District of Columbia.
While in community college in Alabama, I founded my own nonprofit organization, Mobile Equality, dedicated to advocating for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) community. Our organization campaigned for a city ordinance protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, amending the state’s hate crime law to cover crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, and investing in community resources for transgender youth at risk of suicide and self-harm. I interned at Legal Services Alabama providing free legal assistance to low-income clients and the South Alabama Center for Fair Housing ensuring access to equal opportunities in housing and lending. I also served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Alabama where I had the distinction of being the youngest person nominated and elected to the board.
Before branching into civil rights generally, I was a well-known youth activist for the separation of church and state, religious freedom, and the interests of atheists, agnostics, and humanists. I was a legal and public policy intern at American Atheists and a PAC and legislative intern at the Center for Freethought Equality, the political arm of the American Humanist Association. I also served on the Youth Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In recognition of my activism, I received the 2017 David Norr Youth Activist Award from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the 2014 Activist of the Year Award from American Atheists, the Catherine Fahringer Memorial Student Activist Award from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Award for Outstanding Activism from the Secular Student Alliance.
I live in Silver Spring, Maryland with my fiancé Peter and our cat Jack. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the DC metro area, gardening, reading, and watching movies and TV. I’m an avid fan of all things horror.