Spring 2022 Real Triumphs Graduate
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, International Relations
College: Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs
A survivor of childhood sexual assault, Amelia Raudales has turned her personal experience into social and political action, especially for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. She has raised thousands of dollars for anti-trafficking initiatives and racial justice organizations, and interned for non-profits like The Children's Trust and Rock the Vote. Through FIU’s Diplomacy Lab, she conducted research for the State Department on trafficking, and as a Congressional intern in Washington, D.C., she advocated for survivors’ rights.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Amelia founded “Ame’s Crafts,” sewing face masks and headbands and donating all profits to organizations addressing humantrafficking. Just 21, Amelia has also created an app, Charitable Donations, that enhances in-kind giving, helps alleviate poverty and fosters sustainability. The app won Amelia admittance to the Clinton Global Initiative and selection as a Millennium Fellow.
A member of the Honors College, Amelia was named a FIU Hamilton Scholar and was also nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship. She has given back to FIU by leading several organizations, including the FIU Student Ambassadors and the Panther Community Action Board. Amelia said she is most proud of her admittance into the Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools because it will help her fulfill her dream of becoming a lawyer who fights for women and girls who are victims of sexual assault. She will spend the summer at Harvard Law School studying for the LSAT with 20 other students selected among a pool of 2,000 from around the nation who applied.
By Amy Ellis
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs