JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A political operative in Missouri has been honored for her volunteer work in the community.

Sarah Wood Martin was presented with the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) 2017 Elissa Froman Award on Saturday, March 25, for her work in combatting human trafficking in the Show-Me State.

The NCJW each year honors an emerging leader who has a strong impact on improving the lives of women and children in their community. Named in honor of the beloved NCJW staff member and faithful advocate for social justice, Elissa Froman, the Elissa Froman Inspiring Leadership Award recognizes individuals who stand for the values that Elissa embraced – a deep commitment to Judaism, a passion for mentoring, advocating for social justice, and a dedication to issues of concern to NCJW.

Martin’s stellar resume carries time as a former Missouri House staffer, a Gateway Government Relations associate, executive director for the Midwest Cyber Security Alliance, and as a self-employed political consultant.

But the work for which she was honored for was her efforts on fighting the exploitation of women and children. Martin was appointed by House Speaker Todd Richardson to the Human Trafficking Task Force where she has worked on providing solutions to solve a growing problem in Missouri.

Martin currently is running for alderman of St. Louis’ 11th Ward.

Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.