My name is Natalie. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I am / a daughter / sister / enjoyer of a good book, movie or song / former cubicle dweller at an investment firm / saved by a rebel / Mizzou grad / SLU MBA / Journey member / aspiring chorus girl in a musical / autumn, marching band, football, game night and scavenger hunt enthusiast / wannabe photographer & writer / swimmer in my glory days / business suit wearer / public transportation rider / recovering aloof people pleaser / enjoyer of cities & the great outdoors / practical idealist yearning for all things to be made right / in progress.
I am humbled and honored to be working as a structural transformation design fellow in the Uganda field office of International Justice Mission, a human rights organization. In Uganda IJM casework centers around issues of property grabbing against widows and children. Our tireless staff of lawyers, investigators and aftercare providers work for victim relief, perpatrator accountability, holistic aftercare, and sustainable improvements to the public justice system. I am concentrating on that last part–how to change the processes so that public justice offices function better and protect the vulnerable. Pray. Our vision is that one day widows and children will not live in fear that their homes and livlihood are in jeopardy.
I hope that this blog is one of many ways to stay in touch during my fellowship. I want dialogue, I want your updates, I want to email, skype, snail mail. Help me to help us stay in touch.
And if I don’t know you, welcome! Please say hi!