Senior Lana Robins has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for her dedication to serving the community during the month of November.
A member of the women's tennis squad, Robins has volunteered for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and Shared Hope International's Juvenile Sex Trafficking Conference throughout the fall semester.
Twice a week, the international affairs major works with the U.S. Attorney's Office's Anti-Trafficking office to analyze jail calls, organize evidence and aid in the coordination of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.
Robin's interest in working to stop human trafficking resulted from a previous internship.
"After working on juvenile sex trafficking legislation as an intern in Congressman Dave Reichert's office, I became passionate about combatting human trafficking and began volunteering with organizations such as Shared Hope International
, Courtney's House
and the U.S. Attorney's Office," said Robins.
Sidelined by injury during the fall semester, Robins has used her time off the court to give back to the D.C. community.
"My injury has given me more time to pursue my interests off the court," said Robins. "I've been lucky enough to spend a lot of that time interning at the U.S. Attorney's Office."
Robins' desire to become a federal prosecutor led her to discover the opportunities with the U.S. Attorney's Office and Shared Hope International.
"I've always naively believed that a successful prosecution completed a victim's rehabilitation," said Robins. "However, I've learned that the healing process requires much more than seeing one's trafficker go to jail. The healing process for many victims is a lifelong endeavor that requires extensive resources, support, perseverance, and faith."
In addition to her individual service projects, Robins has joined her teammates to serve her community, spending time at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center's Heart to Heart experience and Boo at the Zoo.