January 30, 2024
Decriminalize Sex Work (DSW) has been fortunate to partner with dedicated and talented interns pursuing a number of fields of study, and we are thrilled to welcome Jessica Moore, who is pursuing a masters in public health (MPH) and plans to be a lawyer.
Moore is an Atlanta native. She graduated from Jasper County High School in 2018. While there, she engaged in independent biotechnology research focused on the genotype and phenotype of Lichens. The computational biology research “Lichen Phenotypic Expression with Genomic Verification” led Jessica to win the Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Georgia College and State University. Jessica went on to present her research at the State Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia and the International Science and Engineering Fair held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the International Science and Engineering Fair, Jessica received a special award from the United States Air Force recognizing her work in STEM. Jessica was later granted admission to the University of Georgia.
In 2022, Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from the University of Georgia. Following graduation, she embarked on a summer internship, as part of her experiential learning requirement, with the East Georgia Cancer Coalition creating resources tailored toward patients in 52 counties in Georgia undergoing cancer treatment and survivorship. By the end of the summer, Jessica was offered a position working with East Georgia Cancer Coalition as a program assistant where she has since been dedicated to serving the nonprofit organization for the past year two years.
Currently, Jessica is pursuing an MPH with a concentration in Health Promotion and a certificate in the Social Determinants of Health from the University of Georgia. Throughout her enrollment in the master's program, Jessica served as the clinic assistant at the Clarke Middle Health Center through the UGA medical partnership, which provides free health services to medically underserved families in Athens-Clarke County. During her 2nd year as an MPH student, Jessica is interning, as part of her applied learning practice requirement, with Decriminalize Sex Work (DSW). Jessica will graduate in May of 2024. Following her graduation, Jessica plans to attend law school with a specialization in public health law in the fall of 2024.
“Upon learning about DSW I was immediately drawn to intern with the organization. I know the power of advocacy because my accomplishments are owed to someone who advocated for me. DSW just felt like the perfect fit for me.”
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