Emily Freeborn is a Staff Attorney for CHILDREN AT RISK working in the Center to End Trafficking and Exploitation of Children. Hailing from Ohio, Emily earned her B.S. in Business Administration and minor in Spanish from The Ohio State University. She later graduated cum laude from New York Law School in 2013. Emily began her legal career in Texas at the Office of Attorney General Child Support Division and became interested in human trafficking after working with victims on a service project with the Houston Young Lawyers Leadership Academy. She formerly served as a Staff Attorney for Catholic Charities where she screened newly arriving unaccompanied immigrant children for humanitarian relief due to persecution, abuse, neglect, abandonment, and human trafficking. She also directly represented immigrant youth in immigration and state court proceedings. Emily joined CHILDREN AT RISK in October 2016 where she advocates for greater protection and services for victims of human trafficking and leads local demand reduction tactics as the Houston Coordinator for the CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Network.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a Firefighter or a Lawyer.
Which teacher had the greatest impact on you?
Mr. Joe Yoshimura aka “Yosh” who taught me American History in 8th grade and Ethnic Studies in 12th grade. Mr. Yoshimura, whose Japanese American family was forced into internment camps before he was born, taught the good bad and ugly of American history. His Ethnic Studies class, only open to seniors, examined the plight of all ethnic backgrounds in the U.S., creating unity among students and a common urge to take action to counteract the negative experiences our fellow countrymen.
What is your dream for Texas children?
To look beyond their families, social circles and local communities to first envision and then create a vibrant sustainable lifestyle for themselves and their fellow global citizens.