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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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Douglass Fellows Learn from Experts in D.C.

The Institute’s third class of Douglass Fellows joined staff for two days of hands-on orientation and training in Washington, D.C. in September. This year’s class had the unique opportunity to not only hear from members of the Institute team, but also from experts in the field, who shared how their legal experience shaped their careers and offered them a unique platform to bear witness to justice.

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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

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

"The Douglass fellowship was, without a doubt, one of the most rewarding experiences of my law school career. The work assigned to fellows is thoughtfully designed to expand their human trafficking knowledge, hone their legal research and writing skills, and provide a unique opportunity to support the Human Trafficking Institute’s critical mission."

- Whitney Kramer, Harvard Law School Douglass Fellow, Class of 2018-19

"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 Alyssa Currier.