With the whirlwind of sexual misconduct allegations that have hit the news, it is easy to feel both angry and motivated to help. Senior J’aime Radding has done just that, channeling her want to help others into action. Expressions caught up with the ambitious San Luis Obispo High School student on exactly how she is making a change.
Expressions: What are you doing to help support victims of sexual trauma?
Senior J’aime Radding: I am an intern and a high school representative of the human trafficking track force at the District Attorney’s office. I specialize in community outreach and data collection.
Expressions: How did you acquire this position?
Radding: I read that San Luis Obispo is one of the major transportation pathways for trafficked individuals for both labor and sexual exploitation, because we are in between the major cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco. I proposed the creation of the position of intern and petitioned the District Attorney. I created a proposal and a resume and sent it to them, and they agreed to make the position for me.
Expressions: What are you working on right now within your job?
Radding: I am currently working on a project for outreach within the community and specifically towards contacting and providing aid to those who are being affected by human trafficking or have been victims of it in the past.
Expressions: Why do you like the position and find it rewarding?
Radding: Growing up, I developed a strong penchant for human rights and being able to make a difference in my community and eventually attacking a global issue is truly inspiring and fulfilling.
Expressions: What is something interesting you have learned?
Radding: People who have been trafficked are more heavily susceptible to other future ailments, both physical and financial.