Student Intern Profiles
Emily Arthur, 1L
El Pozo de Vida
Emily will support El Pozo de Vida with legal research to inform changes in the laws and policies of Mexico on behalf of victims of child trafficking, and she will assist with the case management of children who have been rescued.
Cortland Bobczynski, 1L
Protection of Children
Cortland will serve in the legal branch of CitizenLink, a Focus on the Family affiliate, to further their work in law and policy reforms on behalf of families, faith, and freedom in the United States.
Kyle Carter, 2L
Kyle will intern with the Freedom Firm, an organization directed by Regent Law alum Evan Henck, which supports the rescue of children caught in sex trafficking in India, the successful prosecution of perpetrators, and the rehabilitation of survivors.
Paul Davis, 1L
Justice Ventures International
Paul will intern with JVI, a Christian nonprofit organization that supports efforts in China and India that aim to eradicate human trafficking, empower the urban poor, and ensure justice for the vulnerable.
Danielle Gallaher, 2L
National District Attorneys Association
Human Trafficking & Protection of Children
Danielle will intern with the National District Attorneys Association, the largest professional association of attorneys in the United States. Her internship will focus on equipping prosecutors with the research and tools needed to best protect children who are victims of grievous crimes in the United States. She will also support a joint project of NDAA and Shared Hope International.
Elissa Polley (1L)
National District Attorneys Association
Human Trafficking & Protection of Children
Elissa will intern with the National District Attorneys Association, the largest professional association of attorneys in the United States. Her internship will focus on equipping prosecutors with the research and tools needed to best protect children who are victims of grievous crimes in the United States. She will also support a joint project of NDAA and Shared Hope International.
Benjamin Goodrich, 2L
Human Trafficking; Protection of Children; Rule of Law
Remote & Onsite Locations
Benjamin will intern with Orphan Secure, a nonprofit organization of former intelligence who conduct security and vulnerability assessments of orphanages in war-torn countries, and provide intelligence training to foreign law enforcement on best practices and applicable laws regarding criminal investigative procedures to combat human trafficking.
Protection of Children
Kellisia will intern with Dream Ghana. Specifically, she will support the legal efforts of the Human Rights Advocacy Centre in Ghana to work on behalf of school-related gender-based violence.
Refugees & Immigration
Seoul, South Korea
Ra Hee will intern in South Korea with the Women's Hope Center. She will support their efforts to provide legal assistance to women who have been rescued from domestic violence as well as from commercial sexual exploitation.
Rebecca Knight, 2L
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
Protection of Children
Rebecca will intern with CCAI, an organization that advocates on Capitol Hill to reform the policies and laws effecting both domestic and international adoption, as well as addressing the needed reforms within the foster care system of the United States.
Jessica Krentz, 1L
The Land and Equity Movement: Uganda
Protection of Children & Rule of LawUganda, Africa
Jessica will participate in Regent Law’s summer abroad program in Uganda focusing on East African Human Rights and the Rule of Law, after which she will remain to support rule of law development through the efforts of The Land and Equity Movement: Uganda.
Alyssa Martinez, 1L
Uganda Christian University
Protection of Children & Rule of Law
Alyssa will serve as an intern to support the efforts of the Legal Action for Persons with Disabilities Uganda (LAPD). Her research will support a broad-based legal initiative to reform laws and policies to better protect and serve this vulnerable population in Uganda, and to ensure adherence to both national laws and international laws and international treaties.
Elizabeth Miller, 1L
European Center for Law and Justice
International Religious Freedom
Elizabeth will serve with the ECLJ, an international nongovernment organization that engages legal, legislative, and cultural issues through advocacy, education, and litigation on behalf of protecting religious freedoms and the dignity of each person.
Kristy Mutchler, 2L
Kansas Dept. of Children & Families
Kristy will provide assistance in research and training coordination for the newly established anti-human trafficking initiative of the Strategic Development and Faith-Based and Community division of the Kansas Department of Children and Families.
Elizabeth Oklevitch, 2L
US Attorney’s Office
Protection of Children & Human Trafficking
Rochester, New York
Elizabeth will serve within the United States Attorney’s Office, specifically supporting their efforts on behalf of children who are victims of violent crimes, including human trafficking.
Heather Pate, 2L
Kyampisi Child Care Ministries (KCM)
Protection of Children
Heather will participate in Regent Law’s study abroad program at Uganda Christian University focusing on East African Human Rights and the Rule of Law. Following these courses, she will intern with KCM, an organization dedicated to ending child sacrifice in Uganda. Heather will assist KCM in developing a litigation strategy and drafting petitions to be filed in the Constitutional Court and the African Court of Justice.
Abigail Skeans, 2L
Protection of Children & Rule of Law Development
Uganda, Malawi, and South Sudan
Abigail will return to Uganda to continue her groundbreaking work with Sixty Feet, strengthening juvenile justice programs through legal advocacy, and collaborating with government officials and international NGOs to implement case management programs and other reforms on behalf of children in East Africa.
Nicole Tutrani, 2L
Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Protection of Children & Human Trafficking
Nicole will intern with Naval Criminal Investigative Service to support active case file review, to liaison with area task forces and victim shelters, and to research sex crimes, family violence, and the issues of human trafficking as it relates to the military.
Jaclyn Walliser, 1L
Human Trafficking & International Religious Freedom
Jaclyn will work with the Jubilee Campaign to promote human rights and religious liberty of ethnic and religious minorities around the globe through research and writing projects related to human rights, human trafficking, and refugee cases.
Erica Weston, 1L
Campus Crusade for Christ
Rule of Law & Religious Freedom
Erica will intern in the Office of the General Counsel of Campus Crusade for Christ, supporting their efforts with research and writing to further rule of law development in the United States and abroad.
Monica Bailey, 3L, Hope for Justice
Human Trafficking, United Kingdom
For 3L Monica Bailey, the decision to accept an internship at Hope for Justice in Manchester, England was easy to make, but not easy to implement. As a wife and mother of three young children, she knew the only way she could say yes to an internship overseas was if the Lord worked out the details. "Through generous sponsorships, all my expenses were paid, allowing my family to cover travel costs for just four people and not all five of us. I was so thrilled to be able to go." Working with Hope for Justice, an organization that takes a comprehensive approach to eradicating labor and sex trafficking in England, Monica was tasked with creating a comparative laws analysis which was based on the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act and current UK laws to create a resource that Hope for Justice could use for reference in how to improve the laws in the UK.
Andrew Cziok, 2L, Freedom Firm
Human Trafficking, India
During his time in India with Freedom Firm, Andrew assisted with managing over 80 active cases and drafted memos for use by prosecutors to use in hearings and upcoming trials. He completed a project that had been in the works since 2007, finalizing an amicus brief of sorts called a Writ of Petition that the High Court of Bombay can use to research the growing problem of traffickers who are improperly released on bond. Freedom Firm is dedicated to the liberation of children enslaved in commercial sexual exploitation, to their effective rehabilitation, and to justice against those who have profited from their misery. Despite having to operate within an often frustrating legal system, Andrew gained valuable experience that covers many aspects of life. "I got more than I could have ever expected out of this internship. I definitely furthered my legal education and will come back with stronger lawyering skills than when I left Regent in May, but more importantly, I have seen what I want to do when I graduate..." Andrew hopes to carry these experiences with him during his next two terms and into his career.
Sarah Drury, 2L, Jubilee Campaign
Refugees/Int'l Religious Freedom, Washington, DC
Sarah spent the summer after her 2L year following her calling to advocate “for those who have no voice and are being mistreated” by interning with Jubilee Campaign in Fairfax, VA. Jubilee Campaign is an organization founded by Regent Alum Ann Buwalda which promotes the human rights of ethnic and religious minorities, particularly in Muslim and Communist Countries. Jubilee Campaign also advocates for the release of prisoners of conscience and works to protect vulnerable women and children from bodily harm and sexual exploitation. In addition to attending immigration hearings and following cases through from client consultation to end result, Sarah was also able to attend several events with other individuals working to end human rights abuses in North Korea, a fervent personal passion of hers. Sarah also worked on research projects for Jubilee Campaign to assist their work in Africa. Sarah’s internship with Jubilee Campaign provided her with a unique entry point into the world of human rights advocacy.
Danielle Gallaher, 2L, District Attorney's Office
Human Trafficking, Pennsylvania
Danielle worked with Pearl Kim, an Assistant District Attorney in the Special Victim’s Unit for Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Her internship allowed her to gain very practical experience in prosecution, with an emphasis on human trafficking. Danielle’s heart is “to bring the love of God to people who have been deprived of the opportunity to experience it for themselves...to fight for them and for God’s vision for them.” Danielle notes the most valuable aspect of her internship was, “actually seeing what it takes for a prosecutor to prosecute human trafficking cases.” The experience Danielle gained during her time in the Delaware County District Attorney’s office in Pennsylvania helped her to “better understand various mechanisms and interactions in the criminal justice system... how to operate as a prosecutor and use the position to influence various governmental sectors” as she continues to minister to the oppressed through her second term and her legal career.
Holly Godwin, 2L, New Light India
Human Trafficking/Protection of Children, India
Her willingness to go to the other side of the world is what took 2L Holly Godwin to Kolkata, India last summer. She believes she is called to use the passion she has to end human trafficking to help others rather than merely to help advance her future law career. New Light is an organization that has provided shelter, educational opportunities, recreational facilities, healthcare and legal aid for the children, girls and women in the Kalighat community in Kolkata since 2000. Throughout her internship, Holly researched the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), a report used by the United States Department of State in assessing what strides a nation is making in addressing human trafficking. Holly also researched the growing trend of “fast courts” in India, a new program to bring justice to trafficked people more quickly. Holly also interviewed women and children helping to bring their stories to New Light’s blog. Working with the victims gave her invaluable insight “not only into the sex trafficking industry in India, but also the courts and legal system.”
Regina Goff, 3L, Office of Kansas Secretary of State
Immigration/Int'l Rule of Law Development, Kansas
Regina considers her time with the Kansas Secretary of State as “eventful” and a” true blessing.” She describes the Secretary of State’s Office as “the filing cabinet for State government,” which allowed her to be involved with many important issues. During her internship, Regina’s primary responsibility was acting as a law clerk to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ryan Kriegshauser. Regina had the opportunity to contribute to many legal writings, including drafting candidate objection board orders in the state congressional redistricting dispute. Regina also wrote the first draft of several briefs filed 42 U.S.C. 1988 portion of the Essex v. Kobach lawsuit, which she describes as an “extraordinarily fulfilling” task.
Kelsi Herbert, 2L, GenerateHope
Human Trafficking, California
Kelsi, a rising 2L, worked with GenerateHope, Inc., a San Diego based non-profit which provides comprehensive and long-term recovery programs, services, and housing for young women who have been trafficked, prostituted, or otherwise sexually exploited. Kelsi expanded on the work done by 2011 student intern Alana Martinez to research zoning information and classifications for expansion of the current GenerateHope Home in San Diego. To help advance the GenerateHope plan for a home for formally trafficked mothers with children, Kelsi researched key components to starting the home such as zoning, and occupancy and daycare laws. She also researched 501(c)(3) regulations for organizational fundraising. Kelsi also acted as an advocate for the girls on behalf of GenerateHope by helping them to find any outstanding warrants against them and contacting the appropriate public defenders for their cases. Kelsi “thoroughly enjoyed (her) work with the program” and plans to continue contact with GenerateHope in the future.
Mary Hill, 3L, The A21 Campaign
Human Trafficking, Ukraine
Mary spent her summer in Ukraine researching and raising awareness about human trafficking issues for the A21 Campaign. The A21 Campaign stands for "Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century" and has responded to the need to step-up and rescue victims of trafficking throughout many parts of Europe. Mary, a rising 3L, was tasked with researching and writing a report highlighting the particularly brutal human trafficking in Eastern Europe. She was also charged with creating pamphlets containing the legal rights for both foreigners trafficked to Ukraine and Ukrainian victims of trafficking. Beyond her research and awareness work, Mary also contributed to the A21 shelter program by staying in the transition home and teaching English lessons. Mary describes her time in Kiev, Ukraine as "especially exciting," and enjoyed adding the city to her travel experiences.
Kevin Hoffman 2L, International Justice
Protection of Children/Int'l Rule of Law Development, Rwanda
“Holistic Immersion” is the phrase that best describes the experience of Kevin Hoffman the summer following his first year in law school. Kevin spent the summer in Kigali, Rwanda working with International Justice Mission’s office living out his passion for justice and service. IJM is most well-known for its anti-human trafficking work throughout the world. In Rwanda, however, the focus is assisting the Rwandan Government in the prosecution of criminal and civil cases of child sexual assault. “The sheer emotional impact of riding to court in the same vehicle as one of our four-year-old clients and her father was both heart-breaking and inspiring. The impact of this stayed with me for the remainder of my internship.” This and several of his other experiences will follow Kevin in his pursuit of justice and service through his legal career as a rising 2L and an ambassador of Christ.
Kristen Holmes, 2L, Breaking Free
Human Trafficking, Minnesota
Kristen spent her summer in St. Paul, Minnesota with the non-profit Breaking Free. Breaking Free works with women in prostitution and victims of sex trafficking in the St. Paul and Minneapolis area. Kristen created a comprehensive list of all perpetrators that were court ordered to attend the Breaking Free perpetrator education program, which provided valuable information regarding tracking repeat offenders who had come through the program. Kristen also accompanied the women to meetings with their attorneys. In addition, she attended advocate training classes on assisting victims in obtaining legal documents and orders of protection. In Kristen’s words, “my work at Breaking Free was incredibly rewarding. Some days I couldn’t even believe that I was fortunate enough to work for such an incredible organization.”
Margaret "Beth" Iha, 2L, Restoration Ministries
Human Trafficking, Washington, DC
Margaret, a rising 2L, spent her Summer at Restoration Ministries in Washington D.C.. Since 2008, Restoration Ministries has been building relationships with trafficked women and girls through Bible studies, spiritual retreats, mentoring, and support groups in the D. C. area. Margaret split her time between work at the Youth Services Center and the Psychiatric Hospital of Washington. Her other responsibilities included creating agreements and waivers for incoming interns, volunteers, and contractors. She also attended monthly task force meetings and meetings with a District Attorney working on trafficking cases. In Margaret's words, "I know I made an impact on the lives of some of the girls I met, including one girl whose life trajectory changed dramatically as the result of God using me and the other RM team members for intervention and intercession."
Anastasios Kamoutsas (Stasi), 3L, The A21 Campaign
Human Trafficking, Greece
“Abolishing Injustice” is what Stasi spent the summer of 2012 doing. In the fall of his second term in law school, Stasi developed a passion to “contribute in some way, shape or form” to anti-human trafficking efforts. In Greece, Stasi worked with the A21 Campaign. The A21 Campaign stands for “Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century” and has responded to the need to step-up and rescue victims of trafficking throughout many parts of Europe. During his internship, Stasi was tasked with the restructuring and organization of the A21 Campaign’s feasibility report. The result was a step-by-step process for future individuals who wish to start a branch of the A21 Campaign in other countries. Stasi also worked extensively with the Trafficking in Person’s Report (TIP), a comprehensive report conducted by the State Department. His work on this project honed his legal research and writing skills, while allowing him to constructively work on an issue central to the battle for human rights around the world.
Rebekah Kaylor, 3L, Operation Blessing International
Human Trafficking/Domestic Violence, Japan
During her time in Japan with Operation Blessing, Rebekah pursued her passion for fighting human trafficking. Working with Operation Blessing, Rebekah developed ground-level research regarding human trafficking in Japan. Rebekah was able to couple academic research on human trafficking in the Japanese National Diet Library with hands-on experience interviewing shelter director, domestic violence counselors, pastors, and a Japanese government immigration advisor. Of particular interest to Rebekah was the domestic violence and human trafficking issues that followed the tsunami disaster in the Tohoku region of Japan. Rebekah, a rising 3L, is very grateful for the opportunity to have served in Japan. “I was overwhelmed that God opened this opportunity to be able to go to Japan and pursue an internship regarding fighting human trafficking, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to come to law school.”
MinShik Kim, 2L, Dongchun Foundation
Minshik, a rising 2L, was assigned to the refugee division of the DongcheonFoundation of BAE, KIM & Lee LLC in Seoul, South Korea. The innovative Dongcheon Foundation is a public interest division within the Bae, Kim & Lee LLC firm that advocates on behalf of refugees and the disabled. Here, Minshik offered was a strong asset as a caseworker for refugee applicants. Speaking both Korean and English allowed Minshik to work across nations to assist the refugees. Minshik’s work included researching and discerning South Korean and United States refugee and asylum laws, as well as assisting attorneys with writing briefs for the refugee cases. Minshik describes his experience as a great opportunity for anyone interested in refugee policy.
Gregory Lush, 3L, Peace and Reconciliation Project
Int'l Rule of Law Development, Uganda
Greg’s summer was spent with Jubilee Campaign’s Peace and Reconciliation Project in northern Uganda. In the wake of Uganda’s civil war, the Peace and Reconciliation Project’s aim is to bring hope and restoration to war torn areas and to combat “the depredations left by years of totalitarian rule followed by civil war.” Greg, a rising 3L, had the opportunity to serve the attorneys for the Justice Centre, focusing on mediation and case resolution. By evaluating potential clients’ claims, Greg helped the Justice Centre attorneys decide which cases to pursue. From Greg’s perspective, “this internship was an experience that will happen only once in my life, and I am extremely grateful that I had this opportunity. This internship and our experiences here have been a huge blessing to us; I only hope that we have been as much of a blessing to them.”
Brittany Marshall, 2L, The Dream Center
Human Trafficking, California
Brittany Marshall is a 2L whose calling is to work as a human rights advocate. She spent her summer in California working with The Dream Center LA- Project Hope. Project Hope is an organization working to restore victims of sex trafficking. Brittany had the unique opportunity to spend her summer working directly with the victims of trafficking throughout their process of restoration. Working with The Dream Center’s restoration home allowed Brittany to see first-hand the scars that human trafficking leaves on its victims. Brittany is deeply moved with compassion for the vulnerable in society and seeks to give individuals the “opportunity to encounter the love of God displayed in Jesus Christ.” Her internship with Project Hope gave her the opportunity to share the love of God as she built relationships with survivors in their journey to restoration.
Heather Pate, 2L, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
Protection of Children, Washington, DC
Heather, a rising 2L student, had the opportunity to work with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCAI) in. Located in Washington D.C., CCAI is a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness about the needs of children without families and to remove policy barriers that hinder children from knowing the love and support a family provides. Heather was tasked with researching foster care, adoption policies and tax code, and assisting foster youth interns. In addition, she researched how prescribing psychotropic medication for foster youth affects Medicaid policies. Heather describes her experience with CCAI as “quite remarkable” and highly considers this work as a possible career opportunity.
Kirk Schweitzer, 3L, Peace and Reconciliation Project
Rule of Law Development, Uganda
Kirk spent the summer after his 2L year living out Scripture’s command to be a peacekeeper in his internship with Jubilee Campaign’s Peace and Reconciliation Project in northern Uganda. In the wake of Uganda’s civil war, the Peace and Reconciliation Project’s aim is to bring hope and restoration to war torn areas and to combat “the depredations left by years of totalitarian rule followed by civil war.” During his time in Uganda, Kirk was able to work closely with local judicial officials, observe court proceedings, and gain insightful perspectives into the Ugandan judicial system. He joined attorneys and legal volunteers in the field on a rotating basis to resolve land dispute mediations. Kirk’s reflection of many his experiences in Uganda share a common theme, “It was great to see cases resolved like this outside of court.” Contrasting the American experience, Kirk spent his summer living out a unique opportunity to pursue peace and infuse hope into a broken society using mediation and reconciliation as an alternative to the litigation process.
Int'l Religious Freedom/Rule of Law Developemnt, Middle-East and North Africa
Aaron’s summer experience was in the Middle East-North Africa region (MENA). His work was with an association of Christian agencies and individuals advocating the human rights of the Christian communities in the Middle East and North Africa, involved documenting religious persecution for an ACLJ report, acting as a Special Rapporteur for the Issue of Human Rights in Iran, and collaborating on a much larger project surveying religious freedom as it pertains to state provisions of education in the MENA region. Aaron, a rising 3L, considers himself “blessed to partake in many unique experiences during (his) internship.” Aaron’s commitment to service extends not only to his academic experience, but on a personal level as well. “The human component is probably the most difficult to articulate. You begin a battle in the mind to focus on the task-at-hand, to remain committed, clear minded, and faithful in what is in front of you.”
Abigail Skeans 2L, Sixty Feet
Protection of Children/Rule of Law Development, Uganda
Abigail has had a heart for justice and the rule of law since childhood. Due to some difficult circumstances in her family, Abigail witnessed the effects of a "broken system" and wanted to do something to help kids who desperately need advocates to protect them when the law does not. After coming to Regent Law, Abigail was put in touch with an organization called Sixty Feet, a group created to bring hope and restoration to the imprisoned children of Uganda in Jesus' name by addressing juvenile justice issues. As part of the program, Abigail assisted in training lawyers and judges on plea bargaining agreements and instructed the social welfare and probation officers on how to effectively counsel the juveniles. Abigail agreed to develop an electronic database system which she will work on throughout the year until her return to Uganda next summer to continue the pursuit of justice for children in that country.
Olivia Summers, 3L, European Center for Law & Justice
Int'l Religious Freedom, France
Olivia Summers is a third year law student with a passion for international human rights. Olivia spent her summer working with the European Centre for the Law and Justice (ECLJ). The ECLJ is “an international, non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights in Europe and worldwide. During her internship, Olivia was able to research law pertaining to issues of first impression for the ECHR, gain a deeper understanding of European Law, attended ECHR proceedings, and worked on ongoing projects to help the cause of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Olivia’s experience with the ECLJ allowed her to delve deeper into her passion for international human rights issues.
Tracy Trickett, 3L, Virginia Beach Justice Initiative
Human Trafficking, Virginia
Tracy, a rising 3L, worked with the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative. The Virginia Beach Justice Initiative is a faith-based grassroots coalition with the mission to bring an end to the issue of human trafficking by empowering the residents of Virginia Beach and surrounding cities through education, awareness, advocacy and prevention campaigns. Tracy was tasked with researching the Children in Need Services (CHINS) program in the Hampton Roads area to determine whether it would be a viable option for public defenders to help child victims of trafficking in Virginia. Tracy also contributed extensive research to the VBJI on Safe Harbor laws across the country, allowing VBJI to monitor, track, and emulate successful Safe Harbor policy. In Tracy’s words, “this internship was a great experience. I never thought aspects of defense would appeal to me, but I can see how God can really use someone in that field.”
Nicole Tutrani, 2L, The Samaritan Women
Human Trafficking, Maryland
Nicole spent her internship in Baltimore City working for the organization The Samaritan Women. The Samaritan Women is a Christian non-profit that functions as a transition home for women in crisis, a culinary vocational training program, and a urban farm that grows produce to support their vocational and therapeutic programs. In addition to their hands-on approach, The Samaritan Women is also leading a state-wide justice initiative to combat human trafficking. Nicole was tasked with creating a step-by-step plan for transitioning the Maryland code over to a "Safe Harbor" system of legislation. She had to first identify the applicable statutes and then determine what kind of trafficking legislation was missing from the Maryland code. . Nicole highly valued her time at The Samaritan Women as truly rewarding. She says, "The beauty in all of this was how much I was actually able to contribute to the organization from legal and spiritual perspective."
During the summer of 2011, twelve of our students will serve in funded (thanks to generous donors!) international internships working on critical human rights issues. Click here to follow their experiences on the summer intern blog.
Alana Martinez is a rising 3L whose passion and calling to assist in the rehabilitation of victims of sexual slavery is clear. She is spending her summer interning at GenerateHope, Inc., a San Diego based non-profit which provides a comprehensive and long-term recovery program for young women who have been trafficked, prostituted, or otherwise sexually exploited. Martinez, a California native, values an internship in the state where she plans to practice law because it is giving her first-hand experience with both the legislative and practical sides of combating domestic sexual exploitation. "Just as Regent Law has helped me identify my calling to work with sexually trafficked victims, GenerateHope seeks to help each victim rehabilitate so that they too can recognize they have a specific calling."
Anna Ernest is a first year Regent Law student with a passion. As a dual citizen of the United States and Russia, she is inspired to seek a career fighting for basic human rights and freedoms for people all across the globe. "After coming to America and learning how a truly free society interacts with both its laws and government, I knew that I had found my calling." Thus the European Center for Law and Justice (the ACLJ's European counterpart located in Strasbourg, France) serves as the perfect place for Anna to get her feet wet in the realm of international law and human rights policy making and legislation.
Rising 3L Charity Ramsey came to law school to pursue a career in human rights advocacy. Her summer internship with Regent Law alumna Ann Buwalda ('90) and Jubilee Campaign USA-which promotes the human rights and religious liberty of ethnic and religious minorities around the world-is an integral step in empowering her to practice her passion. Working entirely with Jubilee's pro-bono cases, she is especially excited about utilizing her knowledge of immigration law in learning the ins and outs of asylum and refugee cases. She takes her role as a representative of Regent Law and a leader in training very seriously and believes she is "changing the world one case and campaign at a time."
When asked "Whom shall I send?" second year law student Jeana Masters-Publico answered with a resounding "Here I am. Send me" (Is. 6:8). Little did she know such an answer would send her half a world away working with a cause near and dear to her heart. As an intern with India's faith-based Freedom Firm she is coming alongside Regent Law alumnus Evan Henck ('07) to not only play a role in rehabilitating children rescued from the sex slave trade and "exposing them to grace, peace and unconditional love," but she is also using her legal training to bring the people responsible for their captivity to justice. "This internship is an opportunity unlike any other to provide me with first hand insight in a field I feel I may be led to dedicate my life to."
Serving the underdog has long been the calling of rising 3L Kayla Rolen. As an intern with Doma International she is getting the chance to do just that. Doma was co-founded by Regent Law alumna Julie Clark ('07) "to embrace and empower vulnerable women and children whose homes and lives have been filled with anger, abuse, hostility, pain, and injustice." Doma, which means "home" in several languages, seeks to redefine and redeem that word to those who have forgotten or never known that a home can be a good thing. Kayla is working primarily with Ohio's unique CATCH program (Changing Actions To Change Habits)-a Doma supported docket court tailored to bring restoration and justice to women involved in solicitation and sexual slavery. "Interning for Doma is teaching me how best to incorporate my legal education into a career that allows me to live out God's love by helping people."
Rising 3L Keila Molina considers returning to her Mexican roots for her summer internship a dream come true. Since she came to Regent Law for the sole purpose of learning how to be an advocate for abused and neglected children, her internship at Casa Alianza-which works with orphans and street children in Mexico-is tailored to combine her cultural heritage with her burden for children. "This internship is allowing me to exemplify the love of Jesus Christ... and be His hands and feet." Keila is fluent in Spanish and English and is making the most of her time by augmenting her Spanish legal vocabulary. In addition to her work with Casa Alianza she is developing a relationship with a kindred spirit in Mexican Congresswoman Rosa Maria Orozco who, like Keila, entered her profession to combat the exploitation of children.
First year law student Marie Krouse is one of four Regent Law students spending the summer working for the Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) in the fight against domestic human trafficking. As an intern with RJI's policy and legislation team she is gaining great insight and experience on the life-journey of a bill, from its inception to its enactment as a law. She is also thankful to bring light to one of the greatest areas of darkness in the world. "By seeking to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking and lobbying for laws against it, we are defending those who can't defend themselves and being the voice and love of God in a place where most have lost all hope."
Matthew Watson is a rising 2L who was drawn to the Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) for many reasons. "Regent University's motto, 'Christian leadership to change the world,' is happening right now at RJI. I believe I have been called to advocate and defend those who cannot do so for themselves." Not only is working with this modern day faith-based abolitionist organization giving him experience doing research and drafting legal documents that are directly impacting the human trafficking trade, but it is serving as a great opportunity for him to network and make contacts in the field which he intends to pursue after graduating in 2013.
A diverse background and sensitivity to cultural differences are gifts that first year law student Monica Ryou is excited to draw from and share in her summer internships and future legal endeavors. She is spending the summer in her home country of South Korea working between Somyoung Law Firm and Advocates for Public Interest Law which focus on international religious freedoms and human trafficking. She considers these internships a part of how she can show gratitude to both countries which have helped form her identity as a Korean-American. "It is my responsibility to give back those blessings and opportunities so that my action would inspire the future immigrants to do the same thing when they achieve their dream."
First year law student Natalya Merkuryeva-Dennett is from Saint Petersburg, Russia and is glad to be returning to her home country to intern at Moscow's Soprotivlenie. At this non-profit organization Natalya is working first-hand with the witnesses and victims of crimes who do not know the law or their rights, and who cannot afford to hire the attorneys they so desperately need. Not only that, but she is excited to be learning the criminal code of the Russian Federation and to help organize "Victim Support Europe," a conference that unites similar organizations from all across the continent. She has a point-blank understanding of her work that helps to put a calling to the legal profession into refreshing perspective. "I think this experience is amazing. A lot of people don't know the law and don't know about their rights, so I talk to the victims of crimes and use my knowledge of the law to help them."
Few people have the unwavering resolve that drives rising 2L Nicole LeBoeuf. "I believe that human trafficking is one of the most despicable crimes to ever exist. Traffickers generally prey on the poor, needy, and destitute and it's a crime that typically targets children and women. I think it's our Christian duty to fight human trafficking." She is excited to spend her summer interning with the Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI), working alongside legislators, attorneys, the attorney general, and other political leaders to amend Virginia human trafficking laws and secure more funding for the fight against modern day slavery. "The Lord called me to the legal profession for this specific purpose."
Stephen Seefried is a rising 3L who believes that his calling is directly tied to the mission of the Center for Global Justice. "My goal is to advance the gospel, human rights, and social justice in the United States and abroad through competent criminal prosecution, defense, and legal consultation. The Center's mission to promote human rights and the rule of law coincides entirely with my goal." His summer internship with the Richmond Justice Initiative-where he and three other interns from Regent are combating human trafficking at the legislative level- is providing the invaluable insight and experience that are crucial to his pursuit of those goals.
During the summer of 2010 as Regent prepared to launch the Center for Global Justice, four of our students served in funded international internships working on critical human rights issues in Cambodia, Washington, D.C., France, and India.
Joanna worked in Cambodia with Transitions Global, an organization which uses holistic and innovative solutions to provide a safe environment where victims of human trafficking can
heal through intensive trauma therapy, life skills training and learn viable,
sustainable job skills.
Ashleigh's summer internship was with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington, D.C. CCAI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family.
Ernie was headquartered in Strasbourg, France while working with the European Centre for Law and Justice, an organization which coordinates and supervises Christian attorneys throughout Europe who are defending the rights of believers to evangelize, worship, and live as Christians without fear of persecution or discrimination.