Top Achievers 2012

Sarah Peterson listens to her heart

By From page D17 | March 09, 2012

Sarah Peterson

Sarah Peterson

Sarah Peterson doesn’t get uncomfortable talking about a topic that makes others squirm.

The 18-year-old El Dorado High School graduate has confidence that she can make a difference in the lives of women who’ve suffered unimaginable horrors. The Seattle Pacific University student is studying psychology and hopes to launch into a career helping women pulled out of human trafficking.

“I have a passion for working with young women, and I feel that I have been called to work with broken people,” Peterson said. “For me, the combination of these two passions point towards working with places like the International Justice Mission, or a Courage House. It’s an incredibly rampant and heartbreaking issue, and while I know I can’t solve it I want to help the girls that I can so that they can go on and have better futures, perhaps even working in the same field.”

Peterson said she became interested in this unconventional career after hearing about a Courage House in India while attending Green Valley Community Church in Placerville. She hasn’t ruled out the possibility of traveling abroad for her career, possibly to India.

With her passion for people and listening, Peterson said she’s positive this is the career for her.

When she’s not hitting the books (or ducking the raindrops) in Seattle, Peterson spends time volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission’s Men Shelter, where she puts her listening skills to work and befriends men in need of a sympathetic ear and support.

Noel Stack

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