Douglass Fellows: 2017-18

Katherine Carey

Katherine Carey

Stanford Law School

Katherine is a third-year law student at Stanford Law School. She graduated from Occidental College in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs. Before starting law school, she worked at various anti-human trafficking nonprofits including a shelter in Sacramento, California, and Polaris and Free the Slaves in Washington, D.C. Katherine co-founded Stanford’s first club addressing gendered violence and successfully lobbied for the addition of a class exclusively about human trafficking law to be added to Stanford's curriculum. It will debut in Winter 2019. She spent the summer following her first year of law school handling criminal appeals at the California Attorney General’s office and her second summer at the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office handling misdemeanor and felony matters. She plans to become a prosecutor.

Brittany Davis

Brittany Davis

Columbia Law School


Brittany is a third-year law student at Columbia University Law School. Her passion in support of anti-trafficking began with advocacy work during her time at McGill University. As a native of Canada, Brittany then worked as an intern in the Ontario Provincial government where she researched and drafted anti-trafficking legislation for the province. At Columbia Law School, she is the Coordinate for the Human Rights Institute 1L Advocates Program and runs Columbia's student organization aimed at policy advocacy around violence against women issues. Brittany hopes to work with legislators to create appropriate legislation that will help survivors of trafficking or gender-based violence and other vulnerable groups attain justice.

Cassondra (Cj) Murphy

Robert F. Kennedy Fellow

Cassondra (Cj) is a University of Virginia School of Law Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Fellow with the Human Trafficking Institute. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served as the Assistant Managing Editor of the Virginia Law Review and a fellow in the Law and Public Service Program. After the completion of her fellowship with the Human Trafficking Institute, Cj will serve as a law clerk for the Hon. Charles P. Kocoras on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Meaghan Newkirk

Meaghan Newkirk

Duke University School of Law

Meaghan is a term law clerk for the Honorable Mark E. Walker, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. She attended Duke Law School after working for three years as a paralegal at a plaintiff-side litigation firm. During her law school summers, Meaghan interned with the Charity & Security Network, took classes at the Duke-Geneva Institute on Transnational Law, and worked as a summer associate at Williams & Connolly LLP. At Duke, she participated in the International Human Rights Clinic over three semesters and ultimately hopes to do strategic impact litigation and policy work around human rights.

Cory Sagduyu

Cory Sagduyu

University of Virginia School of Law

Cory works at Ayuda as a Skadden Legal Fellow, providing comprehensive legal services for low-income immigrants who have been victims of workplace crimes or labor exploitation. She previously interned at the Justice Department’s Criminal Section working on prosecution of official misconduct, hate crimes, and human trafficking. She helped represent victims of domestic violence and human trafficking during internships at Ayuda, Human Rights First, and the Equal Justice Center. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law. During law school, she directed the Migrant Farmworker Project, which provides legal information to potential victims of labor trafficking or workplace exploitation.

Emily Sauer

Emily Sauer

Pepperdine University School of Law

Emily currently serves as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carlos Bea of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Emily graduated second in her class from Pepperdine University School of Law in May 2018. During law school, she served as a member of the Inaugural Class of Douglass Fellows and worked on several projects for the Human Trafficking Institute, including drafting and submitting an amicus brief to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the Department of Justice. Emily was also active in clinics during her time at Pepperdine, through which she helped obtain a full published reversal for her client in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and a permanent restraining order for a victim of domestic violence in the Los Angeles Superior Court. She also served as an editor of the Pepperdine Law Review and co-chair of Pepperdine's International Moot Court Team. Emily's long-term career goals include working for the U.S. Department of Justice in its human trafficking division or the U.S. Department of State in its human trafficking initiatives.

Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson

Vanderbilt University Law School

Holly is a third-year law student at Vanderbilt University Law School. During her first summer as a law student, she worked as an intern for Federal Magistrate Judge Alistair Newbern and as a legal intern with International Justice Mission’s field office in Bolivia. She worked as a Douglass Fellow during in her second year of law school. During summer 2018, Holly was a legal intern in the Civil Rights Division's Criminal Section at the Department of Justice. Holly wants to secure a position first in public interest litigation and later in systemic reform work to address the injustice of violence against the most vulnerable people and communities. Holly is especially interested in combating forced labor both domestically and internationally.