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2013 TEDxColumbus: Out There

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes is quintessentially a servant to the community. Born into a family of educators, Stephanie Mitchell Hughes grew up listening to stories about women subjected to physical and emotional abuse, and children who were poor and often came to school hungry and went back home to an empty house, sometimes overnight.

These stories shaped and informed Ms. Mitchell Hughes’ work as an attorney and her social activism in the areas of child advocacy, domestic violence, and empowering women and girls.

She has represented children who are abused, neglected and dependent, advocated on behalf of children with learning differences, worked on local, state, and national initiatives in support of victims of domestic violence, and supported other programs to empower and educate women.

In recognition of her work, Ms. Mitchell Hughes received a Peacemaker Award from CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence.

In February 2006, Ms. Mitchell Hughes became a single parent herself, with few resources, and no support. Despite all of her experience and education, Ms. Mitchell Hughes found it difficult to continue to practice law. However, Ms. Mitchell Hughes also realized that her difficulties as a single working mother stood in stark contrast to the challenges experienced by other single mothers with less education, even fewer resources, and no support.

Ms. Mitchell Hughes openly shares her personal story so that other single mothers will learn from her many mistakes and be encouraged on their journey.

Lawyer, Servant, Savior