Institute Launches Douglass Fellows Program to Develop Future Anti-Human Trafficking Leaders

McLean, Virginia – The Human Trafficking Institute is launching its Douglass Fellows program, inspired by Frederick Douglass’s commitment to freedom, education, law enforcement, and advocacy. This program will provide an opportunity for law students and exceptional graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a nine-month fellowship focused on providing resources to those currently combatting human trafficking around the globe and developing future leaders in the anti-human trafficking movement.

Fellows will serve from September through May each academic year and will be chosen through a competitive process based on academic achievement, leadership potential, research and writing ability, and demonstrated commitment to human rights and anti-trafficking efforts.

The program will consist of three components: Research, Mentorship, and Advocacy.

Fellows will have the opportunity to support the Institute’s research efforts to provide clear, data-driven materials for scholars and criminal justice practitioners engaged in combatting human trafficking. The Institute will also pair each Fellow with a mentor who currently works in the anti-trafficking sector, and each Fellow will coordinate an Institute event at their educational institution during their fellowship year.

Applications will be accepted through May 24, 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.

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Kelli Ross

Kelli Ross

Kelli’s background is in journalism, public relations and peacebuilding. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Communications Officer / Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Lwala Community Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in Washington, D.C., directly supporting the Bureau’s Assistant Secretary; as director of communications for microfinance organization Five Talents in Vienna, Virginia; and as business reporter at The Jackson (TN) Sun. She has worked and studied in Kenya, South Sudan, Liberia, India, Peru, and Israel. Kelli holds a BA in communication arts from Union University and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.