Douglass Fellows Meet with Descendent of Frederick Douglass

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS

Washington, DC – Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. welcomed The Human Trafficking Institute’s inaugural class of Douglass Fellows during their orientation in Washington, DC. Morris is the co-founder and president of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the great-great-great grandson Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington.

Morris toured the U.S. Capitol with the Fellows, and then spoke with them at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

“The first time I heard about the Douglass Fellowship program, I felt very honored … It’s very humbling to know that, all these years later [Douglass’s] legacy, his life, still matter, and can inspire the next generation of leaders,” he said.

During their orientation, the Fellows also met their mentors – all of whom hold senior positions in federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations working in the fight against human trafficking. They include: Federal Bureau of Investigations, Human Rights First, U.S. Department of Justice, International Justice Mission, U.S. Department of State, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center.

In its inaugural year, the Douglass Fellowship accepted the top 10% of applicants. The fellows study at elite law schools across the country. The Fellowship is from September through May and will support the Institute’s efforts to provide clear, data-driven thought leadership to scholars and criminal justice practitioners in the fight against human trafficking.

Click here to read more about the Douglass Fellowship program.

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Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan Roberts

Prior to his role at the Institute, Jonathan was a Research Fellow at the Greater Mekong Research Center, a public policy think-tank in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There, he conducted research on the political economy and development outlook of Southeast Asia. He is particularly interested in institutional reform and the rule of law in developing countries. Jonathan holds degrees from Seattle Pacific University and the Université Lumière Lyon II in France. He speaks English and French.