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American Samoan Charity Anna Porotesano has been selected as a 2013 Pacific Young Leader on Disarmament. She is a recent graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.


She was also the recipient of the prestigious Truman Scholarship, a graduate study scholarship sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Foundation. Since graduation Charity has returned to American Samoa to work for educational change and is a youth representative on the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.


Cong. Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin told Samoa News, “I congratulate Ms. Charity Anna Porotesano for her selection to the 2013 Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament class. Ms. Porotesano is truly an inspiration to young people in our territory. She has worked diligently in her education to build the tools she will need for a life in public service and is dedicated to helping the people in our territory.”


“Ms. Porotesano’s commitment and dedication in her academic pursuits has earned her the privilege of participating in the 2013 Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament class and I commend her for her dedication to public service.”


“I am grateful to have dedicated Samoan students like Charity that give hope for a bright future for American Samoa. Also, I want to congratulate Charity’s parents and extended family. Once again, I congratulate Ms. Porotesano and I thank her for her continuing dedication to public service,” Faleomavaega said.


The Federation of American Scientists and the Pacific Islands Society started the 2013 Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament program. The program provides young leaders with the opportunity to publish a series of articles that will be delivered to the Conference of Disarmament (CD) leadership at the start of the 2014 session. The CD was established in 1979 as the international community’s multilateral disarmament negotiating forum.


Source: Cong. Faleomavaega’s office