Being part of a military family, Tamara moved a lot growing up. Despite living in such diverse communities, she found kindness and honesty everywhere she went, and saw that despite cultural differences, there is unity in the everyday struggle of trying to live a good and productive life. Within this unity she sees that poverty, race, gender, and ethnicity do not alter potential, yet the inequities that result from such factors frustratingly do. Throughout college (Emory University), Tamara volunteered and interned in some of the most destitute areas of the world, yet has found some of the brightest, most compassionate minds. It is in the quiet lives of these hardworking individuals that she finds her inspiration for public service work.
Tamara believes that women’s empowerment is the key to global security and it is her goal to help governments and communities around the world improve how gender violence cases are handled and how gender discrimination is perceived. While in college Tamara interned for an NGO in rural Kenya, helping to lead gender empowerment workshops that focused on increasing women’s leadership in government and in securing more gender equitable rights under a newly proposed Constitution. It was here that she first found her intersection with the law and gender-based violence. Witnessing how difficult it was for the women to integrate the ideas they learned in the seminar into their substantive lives made her see how the law stands as the backbone to a just and fair society. Through an independent research project in Cape Town, South Africa she found a disparity between laws that promise certain rights, and a social reality that fails to secure them. This knowledge made her understand that the law alone is not enough to secure a right and that it is through committed individuals that human rights are made visible. She is fully intends to be one of those individuals.