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Program Overview

Empowering the Next Generation of Anti-Trafficking Leaders

Through thorough research and being paired with a mentor, each Douglass Fellow will deepen their understanding of human trafficking and make a significant impact contribution to the cause of freedom.

The Douglass Fellows represent the next generation of anti-trafficking leaders working to decimate human trafficking at its source.

During their orientation, the Fellows also met their mentors – all of whom hold senior positions in federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations – who work in the fight against human trafficking.

Douglass Fellows in DC: Learning from Authors of History

Kenneth B. Morris welcomed The Human Trafficking Institute’s second class of Douglass Fellows at the end of their orientation in Washington, DC. Morris is co-founder and president of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the great-great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington.
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Institute Visits Guatemala for Insight on Country’s Anti-Trafficking Framework

The Institute’s Special Counsel in Belize, Dave Fillingame, and former Douglass Fellow, Cory Sagduyu, recently visited Guatemala to learn about the country’s existing anti-trafficking framework and gain insight into how Belize and Guatemala can partner in their efforts to fight trafficking.
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The Institute Files Amicus Brief with 8th Circuit Court

The Human Trafficking Institute recently filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. This brief was co-drafted by Douglass Fellows Cj Murphy from the University of Virginia School of Law and Emily Sauer from Pepperdine University School of Law.
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Meet the 2018–19 Fellows

Alana Broe

University of Virginia School of Law

Jasmine Dela Luna

University of Chicago Law School

Whitney Kramer

Harvard Law School

Sarah Parker Hamill

Pepperdine University School of Law

Meghan Poole

Boston University School of Law

Jessica Skocik

Notre Dame Law School

2018–19 Mentors

Carl A. Benoit

Chief, Office of the General Counsel, Critical Incident Response Group Legal Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigations

Benjamin J. Hawk

Deputy Director for Litigation, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit

Betsy Hutson

Associate at McGuire Woods


Christine Raino

Senior Director of Public Policy at Shared Hope International

Laura Rundlet

Acting Deputy Director, U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons

Yiota G. Souras

Senior Vice President & General Counsel National Center for Missing and Exploited

Martina E. Vandenberg

Founder & President The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center

"I highly recommend! One of my best experiences throughout law school."

- Emily Sauer, Pepperdine University School of Law Douglass Fellow, Class of 2017-18

"I wasn't sure what to expect from this program, but whatever I was expecting, you have surpassed it in every way possible. I can't tell you how grateful and honored I am to be a part of the inaugural class of Douglass Fellows and to be involved with the Institute."

- Katherine Carey, Stanford Law School Douglass Fellow, Class of 2017-18

Apply TODAY for the 2019-20 Douglass Fellowship class!

Applications will be accepted until 5 PM ET on Thursday, April 18, 2019.
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Have questions about the Douglass Fellowship? Contact Kyleigh Feehs.