UN Special Rapporteur Report Promotes HTI Recommendations

Last week, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons released a report including points HTI recommended in its submission. Douglass Fellow Sam Franks drafted the HTI submission after the Special Rapporteur requested input from civil society groups to incorporate in her report on the non-punishment principle. The non-punishment principle is the concept that … Continue reading UN Special Rapporteur Report Promotes HTI Recommendations

Celebrating the Fourth Douglass Fellows Class with a Virtual Finale

Last month, the 2020-21 Douglass Fellows class gathered with alumni, mentors, and HTI staff for a virtual finale event to welcome Samantha Franks, Alicen Rodolph, Johanna Lee, and Mirelle Raza to the network of talented Douglass Fellow alumni. The four third-year law students spent the evening reflecting on the achievements made and relationships formed over … Continue reading Celebrating the Fourth Douglass Fellows Class with a Virtual Finale

Civil Litigation as a Tool to Combat Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains: A Douglass Fellow Advocacy Event

Many are unaware that the products they use every day are produced with forced labor at some point in the supply chain, generating profit from exploitation for multinational corporations. Most goods produced by multinational corporations involve supply chains where components are produced by separate manufacturers or in multiple locations, providing various opportunities for exploitation that … Continue reading Civil Litigation as a Tool to Combat Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains: A Douglass Fellow Advocacy Event

Former Douglass Fellow and Colleague Train Future Anti-Trafficking Leaders at Pepperdine Law

Former Douglass Fellows at the Human Trafficking Institute go on to join an amazing network of alumni working for justice as prosecutors, legal aid providers, educators, and more. Sarah Hamill is one of them. Making the goal of the Institute to equip the next generation of anti-trafficking leaders her own, she began teaching the innovative … Continue reading Former Douglass Fellow and Colleague Train Future Anti-Trafficking Leaders at Pepperdine Law

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 … Continue reading Now Accepting Applications for the 2021-22 Douglass Fellowship Cohort

Douglass Fellows Launch Trafficking Matters Podcast

By: KELLI L. ROSS From the Human Trafficking Institute’s Douglass Fellows comes the Trafficking Matters podcast. In each episode, listeners will hear from Douglass Fellows Samantha Franks and Alicen Rodolph as they speak with those who are working to decimate human trafficking. In Episode 1, “Human Trafficking Myths & Legends,” Rodolph and Franks unpack myths … Continue reading Douglass Fellows Launch Trafficking Matters Podcast

Douglass Fellow Highlighted by USC Gould School of Law

The USC Gould School of Law News featured Mirelle Raza, USC Gould Class of 2021 and the law school’s first Douglass Fellow, in an online article published January 15, 2021. Four USC Gould students were named to prestigious fellowships, helping them advance their careers in public interest law. Mirelle Raza, Class of 2021, is the … Continue reading Douglass Fellow Highlighted by USC Gould School of Law

#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: JOHANNA LEE “Pulling the branch of a tree” — this is the literal English translation of Nelson Mandela’s Xhosa birth name, Rolihlahla. While Mandela proclaimed he did not believe that names are destiny, Rolihlahla—colloquially translated to mean “troublemaker” — seems to be a suitable name for a child who would grow up to be … Continue reading #InContext: Nelson Mandela

#InContext: Gary Haugen

By: ALICEN RODOLPH Reflecting on history, what is most perplexing and indefensible are “the simple failures of compassion.” In these failures, we watch societies experience the destruction that occurs when oppression and injustice reign unchecked. Oppressor replaces oppressor, free to persecute because individuals who have the ability to speak out remain silent. Perpetrators are emboldened … Continue reading #InContext: Gary Haugen