Inaugural Douglass Fellows Class Celebrated at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC

By: KELLI L. ROSS The Institute’s first class of Douglass Fellows completed their nine-month fellowship with a celebration dinner on April 18 at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. The seven Fellows, representing six law schools, were engaged in the Institute’s anti-trafficking work through three key components: (1) Research & Writing; (2) Advocacy; and (3) Mentorship. … Continue reading Inaugural Douglass Fellows Class Celebrated at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC

Institute Visits Guatemala to Gain Insight on Country’s Anti-Trafficking Framework

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS The Institute’s Special Counsel in Belize Dave Fillingame and former Douglass Fellow Cory Sagduyu recently visited Guatemala to learn about this Central American country’s existing anti-trafficking framework as well as gain insight on ways in which Belize and Guatemala can partner in their efforts to fight trafficking. “Since Belize and Guatemala are … Continue reading Institute Visits Guatemala to Gain Insight on Country’s Anti-Trafficking Framework

Douglass Fellow Cory Sagduyu Awarded Skadden Fellowship

Cory Sagduyu, a 2017-18 Douglass Fellow and third-year University of Virginia School of Law student, has been awarded the Skadden Fellowship. This program will fund her first two years working as an attorney for Ayuda, a nonprofit organization that assists immigrant victims of workplace crimes or labor exploitation. Sagduyu will provide both immigration and employment … Continue reading Douglass Fellow Cory Sagduyu Awarded Skadden Fellowship

Holly Thompson, 2018 Douglass Fellow, Selected for Summer Position at U.S. Department of Justice

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS WASHINGTON, DC — Holly Thompson, a member of the 2017-2018 Douglass Fellowship cohort, has been selected for a summer position with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She will work in the Criminal Section of the Department’s Civil Rights Division. After a competitive application process, Thompson learned of her selection … Continue reading Holly Thompson, 2018 Douglass Fellow, Selected for Summer Position at U.S. Department of Justice

The Institute Files Amicus Brief with 8th Circuit Court

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS MCLEAN, VA—The Human Trafficking Institute recently filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in support of the defendant, who employed a victim-centered approach to a human trafficking investigation. (Click here to read the 8th Circuit brief.) The case involves six plaintiffs who allege that the … Continue reading The Institute Files Amicus Brief with 8th Circuit Court

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018-19 Douglass Fellowship Cohort

Today, the application period for the 2018-19 Douglass Fellowship cohort begins. Applications will be accepted until 5 PM EST on Friday April 13, 2018. Inspired by Frederick Douglass’s commitment to freedom, education, and advocacy, the Human Trafficking Institute provides this opportunity for second- and third-year law students to participate in a nine-month fellowship program focused … Continue reading Now Accepting Applications for the 2018-19 Douglass Fellowship Cohort

Stanford Students Engage the Anti-Trafficking Community

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS Photo by: ELKE TEICHMANN The reality of human trafficking and issues surrounding the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) took center stage at Stanford University last week. On Wednesday, November 29th, former TIP Ambassador Susan Coppedge and the Human Trafficking Institute’s John Richmond met with Stanford students to discuss … Continue reading Stanford Students Engage the Anti-Trafficking Community

#InContext: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

By: HOLLY THOMPSON As a newly ordained pastor, young Dietrich Bonhoeffer stood boldly before a large group of German clergy and church-goers and delivered his call-to-action, “the Church and the Jewish Question.” It was April 1933 in Germany, and Hitler had recently been elected Chancellor. Bonhoeffer, incensed by the Nazi regime and the acquiescing church, … Continue reading #InContext: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

#InContext: Ida B. Wells

By: CORY SAGDUYU Ida B. Wells, an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement, devoted her life to shining light on the darkness of injustice. In 1862, Wells was born a slave in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The Emancipation Proclamation officially freed slaves in the South about six months later, and Wells devoted her life to … Continue reading #InContext: Ida B. Wells