Meet the 2021–22 Fellows
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
Natalie Assaad is a third-year law student at The George Washington University Law School. Before law school, she worked at several anti-trafficking nonprofits including the National Human Trafficking Hotline and International Justice Mission. She also handled restraining orders as a clerk at Suffolk Family Court in Boston. As a law student, Natalie interned at Shared Hope International and Amara Legal Center where she conducted anti-trafficking research and supported attorneys who provide free legal services to survivors of trafficking. Natalie also interned at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section, and was a summer intern at the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. She is the Editor-in-Chief of GW’s International Law in Domestic Courts Journal and a student attorney at the Domestic Violence Project Clinic.
Mentor: Bridgette Carr, Human Trafficking Clinic, University of Michigan School
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE SCHOOL OF LAW
Ashleigh is a third-year law student and Decade Scholar at UC Irvine School of Law. As a clinical student in UCI’s International Justice Clinic, Ashleigh worked with Professor Paul Hoffman representing victims of child labor trafficking in a class-action lawsuit against Nestlé USA and Cargill. The case, Nestlé USA, Inc. v. Doe I, went before the Supreme Court last December on the question of whether American corporations can be held accountable for serious human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute. She also worked in Washington, D.C., in the international law office for the U.S. Coast Guard Office of the Judge Advocate General. This year, Ashleigh is the Editor-in-Chief of the UC Irvine Journal of International, Transnational, and Comparative Law, and she externed this summer with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where she worked on human trafficking cases
Mentor: Enrique Carnero Rojo, Office of Public Counsel for victims, Internations Criminal Court
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GOULD SCHOOL OF LAW
Maura Reinbrecht is a third-year law student at USC Gould School of Law, where she is a Public Interest Scholar, a student attorney at the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC), and was a finalist of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. For IHRC, Maura is coauthoring a report on the efficacy of sting operations in anti-trafficking enforcement. Maura received her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Global Liberal Studies from New York University. While at NYU, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires and Florence. Following graduation, Maura worked as a paralegal and later at a nonprofit in Mexico assisting Central American asylum-seekers. In law school, Maura spent her first-year summer interning at the New York Legal Aid Society in the Immigration Unit. This past summer, she worked as a summer associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. Through the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest summer associate externship program, she also spent two weeks at MDRC, a nonprofit education and social policy research organization.
Mentor: Andrea Rojas, Polaris
BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Christy Salzman is a third-year law student at Boston University School of Law. She graduated from Central Washington University with a major in Political Science and dual minors in Sociology and Non-Profit Organizational Management. Prior to law school, Christy worked at various anti-trafficking organizations, including Compassion First and Washington Trafficking Prevention. In law school, she spent her first-year summer as a legal extern for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in the Special Assault Unit in Seattle, Washington. During her second year, Christy served as a student attorney in the Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Program, where she worked on T Visa applications for human trafficking survivors. She is Executive Editor of the International Law Journal, and spent her second-year summer as a legal intern at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Human Trafficking Unit.
Mentor: Betsy Hutson, Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, U.S. Department of Justice