Sarah Heilmann

About Sarah Heilmann

Sarah works as a lawyer at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in Berlin. She is responsible for measures and legislation in the fields of gender equality, women’s rights and protection of women against violence. During her legal clerkship she gained working experience in the international development cooperation. Sarah worked in the country unit for South East Asia at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in Bonn where she supported the resumption of the international cooperation with Myanmar. After her Second State Exam Sarah worked with the Society for International Cooperation (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ) in Bangladesh. There she joined the program Rule of Law and strengthened her intercultural understanding. In her free time Sarah volunteers as a translator for Child Fund and as a communication advisor for an NGO that supports the integration of young refugees. She loves to travel and is a real foodie.

orphanage tourism

Explained: Australia’s parliamentary inquiry to combat orphanage tourism

During the last few weeks we heard spectacular news about some of the largest travel and volunteer sending companies (i.a. Projects Abroad[1], World Challenge[2] WorkingAbroad[3]) to stop sending volunteers into residential care institutions (orphanages). This is a great deal regarding children rights within the tourism and volunteer travel sector. But there is no such decision without a good reason especially if it is about leaving a huge market potential aside. […]