Basis senior sets sights on international human rights

| May 27, 2015

May 24, 2015 • By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa • Arizona Daily Sun

Mia Armstrong from Basis has her sights set beyond the mountains of Flagstaff.

The senior served as a summer intern for Arizona’s Ninth District U. S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in Washington, D.C., before her junior year of high school. Then she was asked to return the next summer.

Armstrong, who has deep interest in all things political and legal, said the move to Washington was a bit of a culture shock.

“It was a really exciting and inclusive experience,” she said. “It’s very fast-paced. I learned so much.”

Armstrong dealt mainly with researching answers to requests from Sinema’s constituents. She also did some researching for the representative for hearings and briefings. At the same time, she helped out with Sinema’s social media outreach.

“I did a little bit of everything,” Armstrong said.

As a part of her senior research project, Armstrong helped with research for Northern Arizona University’s chapter of the Innocence Project. The project investigates the legal cases of prisoners who believe they have been wrongly convicted and provides free legal representation to prisoners whose cases they take on.

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