The recent press conference hosted by Representatives Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD 19) and Michael Smith (D-HD 41) has inspired a young Atlanta writer to provide further coverage of the event. At the press conference, Safe America Foundation and its collaborators announced a new venture to help rescue victims of human trafficking, as well as opioid addicts and veterans suffering from PTSD.
Damion Olinger, 16, attended the press conference and submitted coverage of it to VoxAtl, which bills itself as “Atlanta’s home for uncensored teen publishing and self-expression.” The article was submitted as part of the Atlanta Teen Voices initiative, supporting teens in metro Atlanta sharing their stories and ideas. You can read Damion’s coverage of the event on the VoxAtl website.
Damion Olinger currently attends Locust Grove High School and The Academy for Advanced Studies. He is a mental health advocate who has pushed for more access to information about mental health in schools.
Rep. Rakestraw, Paulding County’s first female legislator, represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves as a member of the Appropriations, Regulated Industries, and Small Business Development Committees. She is Secretary of the Juvenile Justice and the Economic Development & Tourism Committees, and also serves as Vice Chairman of the Science & Technology and Special Rules Committees.