This fresh-faced law student from Southern California turned our heads when we discovered her passion: justice for all. Her volunteer experience at a shelter for victims of human trafficking influenced her decision to go to law school—and inspired us to get to know her better.
Life turning point
I was working in Taiwan at a shelter for victims of human trafficking and labor exploitation. I met so many people who wanted nothing more than to make a decent wage and who instead were abused and exploited by traffickers and employers who had no respect for human dignity and whose only concern was profit maximization. I will never forget the incredibly strong and resilient people I had the great fortune of becoming friends with.
Using the law to fight inequality
In Taiwan, I met many migrant laborers who were exploited and abused because they did not know their legal rights and had no access to the legal system or lawyers who would advocate on their behalf. Becoming a lawyer would put me in a better position to address social and economic inequality.
Seeking international justice
I was lucky enough to travel to Cambodia to intern with an organization that monitors the UN-sponsored Khmer Rouge Tribunal. It was such an eye-opening experience getting to learn more about international criminal law.
Cuddly canine companion
A Pekingese/pug mix named Fred whom I love to death.
You might be surprised that …
You'll find me watching …
I've traveled to 44 states in the United States. I hope to make it 50 soon.
Downton Abbey. Also, Top Chef and No Reservations—I love cooking shows.
I wouldn't call myself a foodie, but I like trying new things and experimenting with different flavor combinations. I am inspired by the sophistication of chefs Richard Blais and David Chang, but I also love street food. I especially enjoy making Italian and Mexican food and learning how to cook authentic Vietnamese dishes from my mom.
Skincare is important because …
It's important to be able to feel beautiful in your own skin without the luxury of expensive clothing and accessories. Everyone can take care of their skin.
More about Caroline
Where are you from originally?
My parents immigrated to the United States from Vietnam about 30 years ago, and I was born and grew up in Orange County, California.
What is your best skincare advice to others?
Wash your face twice a day and exfoliate at least once a week. Don't frown so much. Laugh. Wear sunscreen and cool shades so you don't squint so much when you're out in the sun. Also, exercise and be mindful of your diet.
Who is your beauty icon?
My mom. She always looks effortlessly beautiful to me.