HOLMDEL, NJ - Ilsy Hoo is on the move. An Aberdeen Township mother of two teens, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Hoo is working to help those in need. Specifically, victims of domestic violence. She has a way to amplify her voice for her causes as well. She was recently crowned as the 2020 Miss New Jersey for America and came to Monmouth County with a busy career before pageantry.

"When I moved out to New Jersey a few years ago, I wanted to help entrepreneurs on how to speak in public and how to present their business effectively. During my journey I was approached by a hip hop artist. He loved what I was doing and loved what I put out on social media and needed some help with his brand. That journey brought me to IHeart Music Awards with him, to helping him put together music videos, to attending the Grammy's with him. I also write for Bella Magazine as well. I've been writing for about 8 years about relationships and dating. I recently wrote about three couples who survived COVID-19. I would have to say that was one of the most emotional articles that I had to write. Their stories of love were so beautiful."

So, for Domestic Violence Awareness month in October, Hoo is bringing awareness to the issue and is working on unique legislation that may be made into law in the near future. The bill was filed in 2018 and was sponsored by Assemblywomen; Mosquera, Huttle and Lapitt. 

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According to the legislation the bill would prohibit an award of alimony to a person convicted of a crime or offense involving domestic violence of that crime or offense. If the recipient of an existing alimony award is subsequently convicted of a crime or offense involving domestic violence against the payer spouse or partner, such conviction would constitute 'changes circumstances' for the purposes of a petition to terminate the alimony award.

Hoo, Miss New Jersey for America, hopes to be the difference in the lives of others. As a domestic violence survivor herself, she is passionate about bringing awareness to organizations that can bring a safe haven to those in need.  

Assembly Bill #399 is a focus for her further her goal to help victims of domestic violence. "The reason why I picked domestic violence as my platform is because I call myself a survivor. I don't call myself a victim because I was once a victim." said Hoo.

During a podcast recorded by LegisLEADERS, Hoo describes her journey as a domestic abuse survivor and the work that she is doing for others as part of her platform. You can hear about the legislation and so much more from Hoo by clicking the following link to listen to the Podcast hosted by LegisLEADERS.