Sarah Wentz

Program Coordinator, Human Rights

As a Human Rights Program Coordinator, Sarah is responsible for organizing the Global Freedom Exchange, a two-week exchange program that takes place across three U.S. cities for women anti-human trafficking advocates from around the globe. Sarah also works on various aspects of Voices Against Violence: The GBV Global Initiative, including planning and implementing programming aimed at combatting gender-based violence and femicide in Honduras, as well as supporting efforts to provide urgent financial assistance to survivors of extreme forms of gender-based violence around the globe.

Sarah first joined Vital Voices in September 2015 as an intern with the Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship team and was then brought on to the Human Rights team as a program assistant. Previously, Sarah interned with the Economic Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, where she received a certificate of appreciation from Ambassador Brian A. Nichols for her contributions over her eight months of service. Sarah holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian studies with a concentration in Spanish language studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently working toward a Master of Arts in Ethics, Peace and Human Rights from the School of International Service at American University.

 

What’s the best place you’ve traveled to?

Huarascán National Park—named for Peru’s tallest mountain—near the small city of Huaraz, Peru. The snow-covered peaks, bright turquoise glacial lakes and crystal-clear rivers, and sweeping valleys were mesmerizing. I tripped numerous times while hiking the Santa Cruz Trail because I couldn’t tear my eyes from the breathtaking landscape in order to watch my step. Totally worth it.