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Victoria Rooks

Victoria Rooks

Victoria grew up in Suffolk County, N.Y., around her family's child care center, where she learned first hand about the positive impact of play. She earned a B.A. in anthropology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. While there she became involved in different service projects, including raising puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. In 2016 she moved to the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) as a community health volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps. In Eswatini’s mountainous region of Hhohho, Victoria worked with community partners on sustainable projects focusing on HIV mitigation, youth literacy, girl’s empowerment, and early child development. She extended her service in Eswatini to work with Save the Children Swaziland on the child protection initiative Children On the Move, which advocates for the rights and protection of unaccompanied migrant children in Southern Africa, including child victims of human trafficking. When not at Playtime, Victoria works as an advocate with the National Human Trafficking Hotline. During her free time, you can find her reading a book, going to yoga classes, or getting lost in and around D.C.

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