2/13/17

Student Staff Projects for Spring 2017

We wanted to provide a brief update on the work of the Center this semester. Every semester the Center for Global Justice student staff completes legal projects for other organizations. 



Currently, we are working on a number of important projects, and we welcome your prayers for each. The projects are listed based on the organization for whom the project is done and the human rights issue that it covers:

  1. International Justice Mission/Rule of Law, Domestic Violence, & Land Grabbing:IJM works in Uganda to protect women from violence and to protect widows and children from the scourge of land grabbing. We are drafting two legal memoranda that will aid IJM in this work. The first memo relates to the proper procedures for prosecuting domestic violence cases and how to obtain custody of children. The second memo provides legal analysis on how various common law countries handle the question of prosecuting a defendant for multiple offenses arising out of the same conduct.

  1. Kyampisi Childcare Ministries/Rule of Law & Protecting Children:KCM works to combat child sacrifice in Uganda. This past summer, the Center sent three interns to work with the Director of Public Prosecutions. Our interns informed the DPP of one child sacrifice case that the Center has worked on previously and noted potential legal defects in the trial against the witch doctor. After reviewing the file, the DPP, with the help of our students, drafted a legal appeal. The court recently agreed to hear the appeal. We drafted a legal memo for KCM and our other partners on why the case should be overturned and a new trial should be granted against the witch doctor. We will provide ongoing support as the case progresses.

  1. Uganda Christian University/Protecting Children:Uganda is considering making abortion legal in certain circumstances. The Center is drafting a policy paper in conjunction with Uganda Christian University that argues why Uganda is not legally obligated to change its abortion laws and neither should it change its abortion laws as a matter of policy.

  1. Shared Hope/Sex Trafficking and Protecting Children:
    Shared Hope works to combat the sex trafficking of children in the United States. One of the ways it does this is through the Protected Innocence Challenge, a 50-state survey that comprehensively reviews the laws of every state and makes recommendations on how each state can and should improve its laws as they relate to sex trafficking. We are helping Shared Hope update the PIC by conducting a 50-state analysis of how state trafficking laws criminalize conduct of victim-offenders (i.e., trafficking victims who are forced to traffic other women) and the consequences of being convicted (e.g., sex offender registration).

  1. Justice Ventures International/Human Trafficking:
    Justice Ventures International fights sex and labor trafficking in India. JVI often provides legal assistance to non-profit organizations that provide employment and services to trafficking victims. To aid these organizations, the Center is putting together a legal toolkit that explains all the steps involved in creating a non-profit corporation.

  1. Turkey Project/Religious Freedom:
    The Center is working with key partners in Turkey to draft a short booklet/legal memo that explains the legal situation regarding religious freedom in Turkey. Although in theory a secular country, Turkey is becoming more and more Islamic, and Christians are facing persecuting. The Center is drafting a booklet that will educate the Turkish on what Turkish law actually says and inform Christians of their rights.

  1. Alliance Defending Freedom/Religious Freedom:ADF works to defend religious freedom in Europe. The Center monitors all new cases before the European Court of Human Rights to help ADF determine whether it wants to intervene in certain cases.

2/9/17

When Bob Goff Came to Campus

The following blog post, written by CGJ student staff member Moriah Schmidt, is about Bob Goff's visit to Regent University.  Bob spoke to Regent Law and Government students during an afternoon session, met with the Center for Global Justice student staff, then spoke at the University chapel about his work rescuing children from injustices in Uganda, Somalia, and Iraq.

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He stepped to the front with a grin, hugging Professor Brauch with enthusiasm: “I don’t shake hands, I hug!”

That was my first introduction to Bob Goff in person. He is a lawyer, an entrepreneur, a sought-after speaker, a writer, but most importantly, a strong follower of Christ and a leader, not a follower. Bob Goff is not a person to wait on the sidelines for someone to tell him “Go!” He sees a need, and he goes out to meet it.

Moriah with Bob Goff

The Regent School of Law and School of Government students were privileged to hear from Bob Goff in a smaller setting on Friday, February 3rd before his evening service, which was open to the public. He challenged us to move to higher ground in our interactions with others, our careers and how we live out our Christian faith in every aspect of our lives and, most importantly, in how we treat others. He introduced some unique ways of showing love and humility.

First was the cake pops. If he runs into someone who he has trouble getting along with or understanding in some capacity, he doesn’t let that stop him from befriending that individual; rather, he mails them a cake pop. On the other side of the spectrum, he may “duck” a person; that is, send them a few ducklings via the United States Postal Service. That may be an extreme way of being intentional about relationships, but it works for Bob!

But the part of the talk that both convicted and challenged me was his reminder to “read your own paper,” or look at your own target. Especially in law school, it is far too easy to look at what everyone else is doing and compare yourself to them. It’s easy to question whether you should be doing more or acting like so-and-so. But God has called us each individually and has gifted us in capacities that are distinguished from anyone else. Sometimes we need that reminder to step back and look only at God, not anyone else, cutting off distractions and realizing what God has given us and how he has called us individually. This means, often, doing what seems impossible or things that have never been done before. 

God wants us to be ready and willing. We simply respond and say “I’m here, God” and let God guide us to the rest. Bob Goff’s interactions with world leaders, ambassadors, and his connections worldwide show the importance of relationships and being available. He has gifted Bob with this relational aspect that allows Bob to travel to places and survive


As Bob spoke of the gospel message, “It’s not easy, but it’s simple,” the same is true for pursuing the path God has called us to.

Talking with Former Attorney General John Ashcroft Before Lunch

CGJ Executive Director Jeffrey A. Brauch, and his wife, Becky

CGJ Academic & Administrative Director S. Ernie Walton

CGJ Student Staff

1/25/17

CGJ Director Ernie Walton Attends Abortion Report Launch Today

Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law administrative director, Ernie Walton, is on his way to attend this Noon event.

Click the link to attend the live webcast today: http://www.frc.org/events/abortion-worldwide-report-100-countries-1-century-1-billion-babies.



Abortion Worldwide Report: 100 Countries, 1 Century, 1 Billion Babies

Report launch event hosted by Family Research Council and Global Life Campaign
Abortion was first authorized in 1920 by the former U.S.S.R., and is currently authorized, partly or fully, by 136 nations, but the 60 nations still prohibiting abortion face relentless international pressure to permit abortion without restriction. We now have nearly a century of evidence documenting what happens when governments authorize abortion: it does not become rare, but increases exponentially. Indeed, in less than one century, abortion has become the Greatest Genocide ever, far surpassing all wars and democides combined. The Abortion Worldwide Report is the first to systematically track reported abortions in 100 nations, territories and regions, from the year of authorization through 2015. The Report contains 4,915 country years of data, major findings, country abortion graphs showing the impact of authorization, world maps, and a policy table for 196 nations. The principal authors are Wm. Robert Johnston, Ph.D., and Thomas W. Jacobson, M.A., who compiled the data and information in the Report over the last 32 and 14 years respectively.
Come join experts from Human Life International, Global Life Campaign, Charlotte Lozier Institute, Regent University, and Family Research Council, as they unpack the groundbreaking findings of this Report.
Arina O. Grossu, M.A., is the Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, where she focuses on sanctity of human life issues ranging from conception to natural death.
Fr. Shenan J. Boquet is the President of Human Life International (HLI). He has traveled around the world spreading the Gospel of Life. Father Boquet is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining Human Life International in August 2011.
Charles A. "Chuck" Donovan is the President of the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI). He served as Legislative Director of the National Right to Life Committee more than three decades ago, worked as a writer for President Reagan, helped to lead the Family Research Council for nearly two decades and most recently has been Senior Research Fellow in Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation. Donovan has played key roles in the development of public policy regarding public financing of abortion, compassionate alternatives to abortion, the child tax credit, marriage penalty relief, and rights of conscience. Donovan earned a B.A. in English at the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife Meg reside in Virginia. They have two daughters and two sons.
Brian Clowes, Ph.D., is the Director of Education and Research at Human Life International (HLI). He is a graduate of West Point, a former A-Team leader for the Army Special Forces ("Green Berets"), and holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Systems Science. Since 1995, he has been HLI's Director of Research, and is one of the most accomplished and respected intellectuals in the international pro-life movement. Best known as author of the most exhaustive pro-life informational resource volume The Facts of Life, and for his Pro-Life Basic Training Course, Dr. Clowes is the author of nine books, over 90 scholarly and popular articles, and has traveled to 50 countries on six continents as a pro-life speaker, educator and trainer. He and his wife, Kathleen, have seven children.
Thomas W. Jacobson, M.A.is the Executive Director of the Global Life Campaign (www.GlobalLifeCampaign.com). From 2001-2010, he served as Representative to the United Nations for Focus on the Family, meeting with ambassadors, diplomats, and officials from 110 nations, and authoring 80 policy briefs. In 2002, he began compiling abortion data on countries and created one of the two databases from which he and Dr. Johnston teamed up to create this Report. Jacobson earned a M.A. in Public Policy from Regent University, a B.A. in Psychology from George Fox College, and a diploma in Biblical Studies from Lutheran Bible Institute. He lived in Brazil for four years, and has traveled to many nations, including meeting with government officials in 18 nations. He has two sons.
Ernie Walton, J.D., is the Academic & Administrative Director of the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, & the Rule of Law, based in the School of Law at Regent University. He earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the same school, where he serves as a lecturer, specializing in human rights, international law, and national security law. He earned his B.S. at Houghton College in Business Administration/Economics, magna cum laude.
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1/19/17

Update on Hope's Case

In a previous newsletter, we told you about Hope, a young girl who was kidnapped, kept on a shrine, had her blood drained, her tongue cut, and her teeth removed. Thanks to a legal letter we drafted, the prosecutor increased the charges in that case. While we were thankful, we were not sure how the case would turn out and whether we would be able to provide additional assistance to see the prosecution to the end. But God knew. 
In summer 2016, we sent three to interns to work with the Uganda Department of Public Prosecutions (our equivalent of the Attorney General). The following blog post is by one of those interns, Debbie Stieglitz. If you are unfamiliar with Hope’s story, and would like to learn more about her story and the work that has been done for her, you can see Debbie's past posts here and here.
1/25/17: additional news story update at http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Herbalist-accused-of-mutilating-toddler/688334-3785452-akkljwz/index.html

I was blessed this morning to wake up to this fantastic post on my Facebook page.  Hope’s trial to convict the witch doctor that tortured her for one and a half years resulting in her cerebral palsy diagnosis began this morning!  



Three witnesses went forward today for Hope and the court has been adjourned for the day to resume again on January 25th.  Please keep Hope and the prosecution team in your prayers as they seek justice for Hope and to keep this witch doctor in jail so that he may not do to any more children what has been done to Hope.

11/29/16

Announcing the 2016 PIC Report Cards

Every semester the Center for Global Justice supports Shared Hope with the Protected Innocence Challenge (PIC).  The PIC is a 50-state survey designed to improve the laws of all 50 states as they relate to the sex trafficking of children. This semester, the Center is analyzing whether each state has vacatur laws that allow minor sex trafficking victims to have any convictions that resulted or related to their trafficking vacated rather than merely expunged.  Below is a blog post from a student staff member working on this project.  After Chelsea's post is an announcement from Shared Hope about this year's PIC report card grades.


Chelsea Mack

I am working on a project for Shared Hope for this semester.  The project is focused on searching through the statutes of each state to find a vacatur law that essentially allows human trafficking victims to clear their records of a delinquent adjudication or conviction that is related to their being trafficked.  This type of statute is important because the victims are able to have a fresh start and need not worry about a conviction following them for the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, through the research that the student staff team has gathered so far, there does not appear to be many vacatur laws in place to help human trafficking victims.  Most of the vacatur laws that we are finding only allow a victim to vacate the conviction for certain acts related to trafficking, such as prostitution.  Unfortunately, this type of vacatur law turns a blind eye to the other offenses that human trafficking victims are often charged with under domestic law.  More states need to provide vacatur laws that are all-inclusive in regards to the types of acts acceptable for vacation.  It is unfair that these individuals are punished for crimes that they committed as a result of being victims to all forms of abuse.  I think that these laws can only help the victims and I hope that more legislators will begin to understand the importance of adopting this type of vacatur law.

This post was written by a Center for Global Justice student staff member.  The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School, or the Center for Global Justice.

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Announcing the
2016 Protected Innocence Challenge
Report Card Grades

Shared Hope's Protected Innocence Challenge is the nation's only comprehensive study of state laws on sex trafficking, providing 51 Report Cards which grade each state and DC on 6 areas of law. What is your state's grade? Find out here!

Last week, at the National Foundation of Women Legislators annual conference, Shared Hope hosted a press conference to release the 2016 Report Card Grades. You can watch the press conference here.

This Year's Report
Every state now has a law covering child sex trafficking according to the annual Protected Innocence Challenge State Report Card released by Shared Hope.
“But kids can still be prosecuted as criminals in 31 states because law has not kept up with reality – the reality is that these children are victims of sex trafficking and cannot be criminals at the same time for the same thing,” said SHI founder Linda Smith, at a press conference in Orlando, FL where the National Foundation for Women Legislators is meeting.

SHI started the annual report card—known as the Protected Innocence Challenge—six years ago, in 2011, when 26 states got Fs and 15 had Ds. This year 30 states have As and Bs.

While she commended legislators and activists for the progress they have made, “We must stop criminalizing kids for crimes committed against them!” declared Smith. “Domestic minors are #twicecondemned: first by sex buyers and the voracious commercial sex trade, then by the juvenile justice system.”

“Only when buying sex becomes very costly—meaning steep fines and jail time—will we be able to prevent this crime from happening in the first place,” Linda observed. Shared Hope research shows that a very small percentage of buyers are arrested and even fewer do time.
  

11/28/16

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11/18/16

Giving Survivors of Sex Trafficking the Life They Deserve

The following post was written by CGJ student staff member Shannon Fields.




For the past several weeks, I have had the privilege of providing legal research for Shared Hope International, which is an organization that fights sex trafficking across the country. My job has been to research state statutes to determine whether each state has a statute that vacates a minor's conviction if it was the result of being a victim of sex trafficking.

Or, the next best scenario would be if the state has a general statute that allows one's conviction to be vacated if the individual was a victim of sex trafficking. If neither of these scenarios exist, then Shared Hope will push for such a statute to be enacted within that state.

Victims of sex trafficking are being convicted of crimes that they were forced to do. No victim of sex trafficking should have to endure the trauma of being trafficked and then be treated as a criminal for it. These statutes provide victims a way to remove the "offender" label placed on them to give them the opportunity to live a life of their choosing. I'm thankful for the opportunity to be part of changing the law to give victims of sex trafficking the life they deserve.

This post was written by a Center for Global Justice student staff member.  The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School, or the Center for Global Justice.