Emily Troutman, 30, is a writer and photographer living in Baltimore, Maryland. Her writing, photography and video work focus on politics, identity and social documentary. Emily is currently posted in Haiti to document the tragedy of the earthquake that struck on 12 January 2010. From 2005 to 2009, she was a freelance writer in Istanbul, Turkey. She also took photographs and videos in conflict zones such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon and Uganda. Emily holds a degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, 2005.
In September 2009, Emily’s video entry for the Citizen Ambassador video-contest was selected by a committee of the United Nations. Her video, “My Message to World Leaders: One Person at a Time” reminded world leaders of the 6.7 billion real people who want to be remembered and who want a safe and good life.
Emily Troutman said she was compelled to submit a video because “real change is only created by hope and empathy, by strength and commitment, and by listening to others.”