Now Accepting Applications for the 2021-22 Douglass Fellowship Cohort

Applications for the 2021-22 Douglass Fellowship cohort are now open until 11:59pm EST Sunday, Apr. 11, 2021.

Inspired by Frederick Douglass’s commitment to freedom, education, and advocacy, the Human Trafficking Institute provides this opportunity for third-year law students to participate in an 8-month legal fellowship program focused on developing future leaders in the anti-trafficking movement and providing resources to those currently combatting human trafficking around the globe.

Fellows will serve from September 2021 through April 2022 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 consists of three components: Research and Writing, Mentorship, and Partnership. Past Douglass Fellows have assisted in writing amicus curiae briefs in cases impacting human trafficking law, and contributed to the publication of the annual Federal Human Trafficking Report. Additionally, each fellow builds their network through mentorship by an expert in the anti-trafficking movement. Finally, fellows pair up to organize stakeholder engagement events or advocacy projects that further the work of the Institute. One creative example is the Trafficking Matters Podcast, founded by two current fellows, which features leaders in the field of anti-trafficking law.

To learn more about the Douglass Fellowship, click here.

To apply, click here.

About the author

Emma serves as the Content Coordinator on the Advancement Team for the Human Trafficking Institute. Before coming to the institute, she received a B.A. with honors in Global Studies and a minor in Human Rights from the University of Chicago. While in college and post-graduation, Emma worked as a consultant with the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking. Her work included crafting federal appropriations recommendations and co-writing a presidential transition report, alongside numerous writing projects centered on counter-human trafficking advocacy. Emma was also an intern for Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassidy where she performed research for upcoming legislation. Emma lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Shannon serves as the Social Media & Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Human Trafficking Institute. A professional storyteller from Springfield, Virginia, Shannon graduated as an Honors Scholar from Liberty University with a major in Strategic Communication, a specialization in Social Media Management, and a minor in Spanish. Before her work with the Institute, Shannon served as the Blog Editor & Curator at the Dressember Foundation, managing a team of writers and editing videos to raise awareness and support fundraising efforts for Dressember’s anti-human trafficking work. She also interned and contributed content for various organizations, including the Liberty University School of Communication & the Arts, Chick-fil-A Franchise, CEA Study Abroad, and Phoenix Bikes.

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