Douglass Fellowship

What is the Douglass Fellowship?

Inspired by Frederick Douglass’s commitment to freedom, education, and advocacy, we provide an opportunity for law students chosen through a competitive process to participate in a eight-month fellowship program focused on developing future leaders in the anti-human trafficking movement and providing resources to those currently combatting human trafficking around the globe

Empowering the Next Generation of
Anti-Trafficking Leaders

Through thorough research and being paired with a mentor, each Douglass Fellow will deepen their understanding of human trafficking and make a significant contribution to the cause of freedom.

The Douglass Fellows represent the next generation of anti-trafficking leaders working to decimate human trafficking at its source.

Fellowship Updates

Special Counsel and Douglass Fellow’s Research Published in Criminal Law Bulletin

by | May 13, 2022 | Douglass Fellows,Our Stories,U.S. Updates | 0 Comments

During the 2020-2021 Douglass Fellowship, fellow Alicen Rodolph and HTI Special Counsel Tyler Dunman co-authored an article about recommended practices for prosecuting...

Photo of the Douglas Fellows

Celebrating the Finale of the Fifth Douglass Fellowship Class

by | Apr 21, 2022 | Douglass Fellows,Our Stories,U.S. Updates | 0 Comments

On April 15, 2022, we celebrated the finale of the 2021-2022 Douglass Fellowship. Team members from HTI and leaders in the anti-trafficking field came together to...

HTI Welcomes 5th Class of Douglass Fellows from Top Law Schools

by | Sep 16, 2021 | Douglass Fellows,Our Stories,U.S. Updates | 0 Comments

On Thursday, September 9th, our 5th class of Douglass Fellows began their orientation and met our team. This year’s fellows come from top law schools throughout the...

Celebrating the Fourth Douglass Fellows Class with a Virtual Finale

by | May 7, 2021 | Douglass Fellows,Our Stories,U.S. Updates | 0 Comments

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,...

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

by | May 4, 2021 | Douglass Fellows,Our Stories,U.S. Updates | 0 Comments

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...


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

by | Apr 6, 2021 | Douglass Fellows,Our Stories,U.S. Updates | 0 Comments

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,...

Now Accepting Applications for the 2021-22 Douglass Fellowship Cohort

by | Feb 25, 2021 | Douglass Fellows,Our Stories,U.S. Updates | 0 Comments

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,...

Douglass Fellows Launch Trafficking Matters Podcast

by | Jan 26, 2021 | Douglass Fellows,Our Stories,U.S. Updates | 0 Comments

From the Human Trafficking Institute’s Douglass Fellows comes the Trafficking Matters podcast. In each episode, listeners will hear from Douglass Fellows Samantha...

Douglass Fellow Highlighted by USC Gould School of Law

by | Jan 25, 2021 | Douglass Fellows,In the News,Our Stories,U.S. Updates | 0 Comments

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,...

Trafficking Matters: A Douglass
Fellowship Podcast

From HTI’s Douglass Fellows comes the Trafficking Matters podcast. In Season 1, hosts Alicen Rodolph and Samantha Franks speak with anti-trafficking professionals, providing helpful resources and insights for those interested in joining the movement.

“As a law student searching for opportunities to contribute to anti-trafficking initiatives, learn from experts in the field, and gain mentors who are leaders throughout the trafficking space- I cannot imagine a better opportunity than the HTI Douglass Fellowship. This fellowship has honed my research and writing skills, created lifetime friendships, and increased my understanding of both domestic and international human trafficking, all of which I will take into my career as a new lawyer.”

Mirelle Raza, USC Gould School of Law, Class of 2020-21

Meet the 2022-23 Fellows

Monica Naranjo

Alyssa Grzesiak

Alyssa Grzesiak

Rebekah Carey

Bekah Carey

Our Mentors

Douglass Fellows have been paired with mentors from many prominent anti-trafficking NGOs and government agencies

Apply for the 2023-2024 cohort

Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort are now open. Click here to apply.

If you have questions, contact Alicen Rodolph ([email protected]).