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IWP summer intern to combat human trafficking

Julie ChristianJulie Christian, IWP summer 2009 intern and a junior Political Science major, was crowned Miss University of Central Oklahoma 2010 at her school on Saturday, November 14th. In June, Ms. Christian will advance to the Miss Oklahoma Pageant, a Miss America preliminary, and credits her experience at IWP with helping her to prepare for the competition, especially the interview process.

As Miss UCO, Christian will serve as a role model within the community while promoting her chosen platform, which involves serving as an advocate for Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans (O.A.T.H.), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of human trafficking, identifying victims and working collaboratively to provide comprehensive services to victims in Oklahoma .

“Many people in our state are unaware that Oklahoma ranks number seven in the nation for sex trafficking, and, as Miss UCO, I’ve been given an opportunity to really broadcast this issue. I plan on going to law school for Human Rights Law, so my career and heart is and will be devoted to doing what I can in whatever capacity I’m filling to bring this issue to light,” said Christian.

In addition, Christian will receive a $1,800 Central tuition waiver scholarship, a $500 cash scholarship and other gifts.