#InContext: Mum Bett

By: EMMYLOU MANWILL In the wake of the Revolutionary War, Patriot demands for “freedom,” “liberty,” and “equality” circulated throughout New England as new state governments formed. The Massachusetts Constitution, which took effect in 1780, included a Bill of Rights proclaiming, “All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential and unalienable rights.” … Continue reading #InContext: Mum Bett

#InContext: Agnes Igoye

By: REBECCA JUN Today, there are an estimated 24.9 million victims of human trafficking; that is about three times the population of New York City. While it is important to grasp the millions of lives in this vicious cycle, Agnes Igoye fights for each individual. In an interview with Vital Voices, a non-profit organization that … Continue reading #InContext: Agnes Igoye

#InContext: William Wilberforce

By: ASHLEIGH PELTO William Wilberforce was a nineteenth century British member of Parliament who dedicated his life and political career to the abolition of slavery. He is widely regarded as the “voice of the abolition movement” and his advocacy brought about substantial and lasting change in terms of the slave trade in early 1800s England. … Continue reading #InContext: William Wilberforce

#InContext: William Lloyd Garrison

By: ARIANA HADDEN Known for creating an abolitionist newspaper called The Liberator, which garnered both positive and negative attention, William Lloyd Garrison is considered an American journalistic crusader of his time and one of the most influential people during the early fight to end slavery. Garrison was born on December 10, 1805, in Massachusetts to … Continue reading #InContext: William Lloyd Garrison

#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: Ariana Hadden The concept of struggle for humanity is a common trope endured by many individuals in the world, and Nelson Mandela is no exception. Born on July 18, 1918, Mandela grew up in South Africa and into a way of life that was vulnerable to segregation coupled with racism, eventually leading him to … Continue reading #InContext: Nelson Mandela

#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: CHERISSE FRANCIS Nelson Mandela, now regarded as one of the most influential civil rights activists of all time, was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The extraordinary life of ‘Madiba’ as he was called by his clansmen was punctuated by a series of unfortunate events beginning … Continue reading #InContext: Nelson Mandela

#InContext: Albert Einstein

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Albert Einstein grew up in a secular, Jewish family in Germany. Though born in Württemberg, Germany on March 14, 1879, he spent most of his childhood in Munich. Even as a child, Einstein was fascinated by science. He credits seeing a compass as the first “wonder” that attracted his attention. Although raised … Continue reading #InContext: Albert Einstein

UVA Robert F. Kennedy Fellowship Recipient Joins The Human Trafficking Institute

By: TAYLOR KING Cassondra (Cj) Murphy joined the Institute as a Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Fellow. This nine-month fellowship, established in 2007, enables new University of Virginia Juris Doctor (J.D.) graduates to start their careers as public service attorneys. It is named after the late Senator and Attorney General Robert Kennedy, a graduate of … Continue reading UVA Robert F. Kennedy Fellowship Recipient Joins The Human Trafficking Institute

#InContext: Anne Frank

By: CASSONDRA (Cj) MURPHY One of the most notable authors of the 20th century, Anne Frank has become a voice for the millions of victims of the Holocaust through her diary. The account of her 25 months in hiding during the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands has come to symbolize the human cost of war … Continue reading #InContext: Anne Frank