I’ve always been passionate about social justice. Over the years I’ve worked with different groups including youth offenders and victims of human trafficking. Through this I came to realise I had a real interest in the legal side of it all. I find the details and complexities of legislation so fascinating!
Though I loved my job, at this time I was encountering huge difficulties in my personal life. This included homelessness and trauma from ongoing abuse. Things reached the point where I had to leave my job and I found myself at risk of losing my home once again. Yet enduring these hardships made me aware of my own strength. I know that I can navigate through extreme adversity. I’ve worked extremely hard to build myself back up and now have two unconditional offers for a graduate diploma in law.
Becoming a paralegal will be my first step into the world of law and I don't want to stop there. Eventually I hope to become a qualified solicitor or barrister and help as many women as possible to achieve protection and safety. I don't put limits on my dreams and I know that through law I can become an effective and inspirational advocate for others.
Lauren is on Beam because she is at risk of homelessness. Due to the member's personal history, we've kept this profile anonymous by using a pseudonym. This is Lauren's second Beam campaign. Her first campaign launched in September 2018 to fund the initial year of her course.