Lachelle RoddyI am honored to join the ACLU of Virginia as The Secular Society Women's Rights Research Assistant. Working on women’s issues for a nonprofit has been a goal of mine since I was a tiny six year old.
Growing up in a city where poverty, police brutality, and sex crimes are high, I developed a strong conviction that all people should be free from economic, state, and sexual violence. Through my adolescence, I took training sessions with the Tampa Bay Women’s Crisis Center, the Sexual Violence Task Force of Tampa Bay, the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, and the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking on sexual assault counseling, suicide prevention, and human trafficking response.
This passion only strengthened while in undergrad at Hollins University where I majored in Political Science (B.A., 2015) on a pre-law track, and chaired the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) and the Student Anti-Genocide Coalition (STAND). I gained international experience in eight different women’s rights based internships in four different countries. My favorite internship was working with the Women’s Legal Center and the Sex Worker’s Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) in South Africa.
In my spare time I am a freelance circus artist, specializing in all things aerial. Over the past seven years, I have performed or instructed with circuses in the United States, England, South Africa, and Jamaica. My focus is to use circus arts as a way for sexual violence survivors to (re)connect with the body, gain self confidence, and build trust with others.
I look forward to using my skills to further the ACLU of VA’s women’s rights work funded by The Secular Society while learning much more along the way.