Jillian graduated on the chancellor’s list and cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in International Studies and German with a minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights. During her final semester she focused on a thesis on human trafficking and sexual slavery. She also completed a study abroad program at the Goethe Institute in Berlin, Germany for German language where she lived in Berlin for months and traveled around Germany and other countries in Eastern Europe visiting and studying concentration and extermination camps.
In college, Jillian was actively involved in STAND, German Club, the German Language and Culture Foundation, where she even gave their acceptance speech for the Richard Vinroot International Achievement Award at the Mayor’s International Cabinet Awards (MICA) in May of 2012. She is signed with Marilyn’s Talent in Greensboro, NC and Mega Models in Miami, FL. She is also a member of Forest Hill Church, where she belongs to a life group and volunteers for Falcon Fun Night and other community activities. She resides in Charlotte, NC with her dog Mika and cat Dexter.
She founded All We Want Is LOVE in July of 2012. She quickly realized the desperate need for education, empowerment, and emotional liberation for victims of trafficking. Two of her favorite quotes are;
“You may choose to look the other way but you may never say again that you did not know”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
Ashley serves as the Director of Programs for All We Want is LOVE.
She worked with NC Stop Human Trafficking in the Charlotte area and began looking to become more involved with anti- trafficking efforts. Ashley became a speaker on behalf of NC Stop, and knew this was a true passion of hers. On this journey and through fate she was introduced to founding member, Jillian Mourning.
Ashley wants All We Want Is LOVE to take on changing the world, empowering the youth, and making a difference for ending human slavery. Ashley currently holds the title as Mrs. NC State, with this Ashley uses her title to build awareness for the organization and the "Student Traffick" program in the schools. She is dedicated to changing the mentality of the community and helping others understand what trafficking is and the signs to look for in a victim. She is the mother to a 3 year old little girl, Ava Rilyn and this makes it that much more important to her to focus on the youth and educating them about trafficking and being a resource for others to come to.
One quote that was shared with Ashley when she started on this path was: " Life is a gift from our creator.... and it should never be for sale" - Anonymous.
Ashley Boland currently serves as Director of Communications for All We Want Is LOVE. In her role, Ms. Boland is responsible for advancing the overall profile of the organization through traditional and new media, educating the public about resources and services available through the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), and developing a fundamental network to combat human trafficking.
Ms. Boland is an avid human rights activist and has worked with numerous charity organizations and nonprofits throughout the metropolitan area. Prior to meeting Jillian Mourning and her involvement with All We Want Is LOVE she worked for the U. S. Department of State. In addition, Ms. Boland studied Psychology at Towson University. She has an undeniable passion for humanity and a heart for those who are victims of injustice.