Making an Impact
Hannah Joseph, BA ’15, MA ’15
Hannah Joseph made a large impact at Webster University through her involvement in Walker EDGE and many student organizations. After earning a Human Resources bachelors and master’s degree in only 4 years, she secured a highly competitive job at Amazon in Human Resources immediately following her graduation. Then, she made a dramatic career shift, by transforming her work in order to serve at the International Justice Mission (IJM) as a Business Development and Human Resources Fellow in Mumbai, India. IJM is a global organization that collaborates with local, state and national governments and grassroots organizations to protect the poor from violent forms of injustice with particular focus on bonded labor and sex trafficking.
After months of living in India and working at IJM, Joseph describes it as “home.” “The people – my amazing community – are what keep me grounded. The organization I volunteer with is doing amazing work here in fighting to end slavery, and I am so fortunate to be a part of it. Being here is like finding the missing piece to my life’s puzzle. It’s a beautiful gift.”
Joseph is well accustomed to making foreign countries a home, as she studied abroad in Cha-am/Hua Hin, Thailand and Vienna, Austria during her time at Webster University where she was first exposed to her pursuit for the greater good. “If I had not gone to Webster, a school that values and honors diversity and being a global citizen, I most likely would not have studied abroad in Thailand for a semester. I would have been stuck in my comfortable life in the States, with a mind that was unaware of the corruption still happening in our world today. On top of that, I would not have been able to visit my uncle and aunt in Cambodia to see the work they are doing there with rescuing kids from human trafficking. I would have never met those kids in their safe house who changed my life. Webster opened up doors for me to step into my future. I am forever grateful.”
Joseph describes her time in Mumbai as “pivotal” given her role on the team to host the first international conference on human trafficking, the first of its kind in India. While the atrocities of human trafficking are gaining more of the attention and solutions they deserve, the work IJM is doing is far from over, “We won’t stop fighting for justice until all are free.”
“The people – my amazing community – are what keep me grounded. The organization I volunteer with is doing amazing work here in fighting to end slavery, and I am so fortunate to be a part of it. Being here is like finding the missing piece to my life’s puzzle. It’s a beautiful gift.”