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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.

The Human Trafficking Institute Selects 2019-20 Douglass Fellowship Class, Announces Mentors

This September, the Human Trafficking Institute will welcome seven students from some of the nation’s top law programs for the 2019-20 Douglass Fellowship class. This 8-month public service fellowship is named in honor of Frederick Douglass and his commitment to freedom, education, and advocacy.

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2018-19 Douglass Fellows Class Celebrated at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C.

The Institute’s second class of Douglass Fellows completed their nine-month fellowship with a celebration dinner on April 10 at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C. The Fellows, representing seven law schools, were engaged in the Institute’s anti-trafficking work through three key components: 1) Research and Writing; 2) Advocacy; and 3) Mentorship.

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Douglass Fellows Host Advocacy Events to Raise Awareness

Each year, the Douglass Fellows program has participants from elite law schools across the country. Throughout the year, Fellows are asked to organize and execute at least one advocacy event, which provides an opportunity for participants to highlight important conversations within the anti-trafficking movement.
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Meet the 2019–20 Fellows

Rachel Geissler

University of North Carolina School of Law

Faith Laken

University of Chicago Law School

Emmylou Manwill

Boston University School of Law

Ashleigh Pelto

University of Michigan Law School

Rachel Unger

Georgetown University Law Center

Douglass Fellows Alumni


2019–20 Mentors

Kristen Abrams

McCain Institute

Bethany Biesenthal

Jones Day

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


Meg Roggensack

International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and Institute for Business and Human Rights

Mary Ellison

State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Yiota G. Souras

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

"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

Have questions about the Douglass Fellowship? Contact Kyleigh Feehs.