Student Staff Projects for Spring 2018

To provide Regent Law students with practical experience in the legal protection of human rights, students volunteer with the Center each semester for a minimum of 5 hours/week.

This semester, the Center for Global Justice Student Staff will be assisting at least five different human rights organizations with at least eight projects. Here is a brief summary of our work this semester:

1.       International Justice Mission:

We are assisting IJM on at least three different projects this semester, one of which involves drafting a legal memorandum on how IJM can better combat gender-based violence in one of its field offices. Another project involves researching whether government officials can be held responsible under international law for the rape of children following an election.

2.       Shared Hope:

We are assisting Shared Hope with two projects this semester. The first project involves researching the laws of the 50 states and analyzing the best judicial process for child sex trafficking victims. The other project involves researching whether the laws of certain states violate the due process rights of sex trafficking victims because they allow victims to be arrested, despite the fact that they cannot be prosecuted.

3.       Market Project

This is the first time we are assisting the Market Project with a project. Specifically, we are doing legal research for the Market Project to help them determine the legal requirements for starting and running a business in various countries so they can continue their great work of employing victims of human rights abuses in safe and sustainable business.

4.       Justice Ventures International

This semester we are drafting a legal memorandum on the problem of “judicial delay” in the Indian court system. With the court system backlogged, many human trafficking cases (as well as other cases) are not brought to trial for multiple years. By that time, witnesses are difficult to locate and the cases often. This creates a huge problem in combating human trafficking, as the traffickers are often not brought to justice.

5.       Alliance Defending Freedom

We are continuing to support ADF’s international team by reviewing all new cases before the European Court of Human Rights and helping ADF identify which cases on which it might want to intervene. 


Professor Jeffrey Brauch Discusses his New Book, Flawed Perfection

On Tuesday, Professor Jeffrey Brauch, Executive Director of the Center for Global Justice, discussed his book, Flawed Perfection: What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters for Culture, Politics, and Law, at a luncheon hosted by the Center.

Prof. Brauch started off by telling the story of Asia Graves, a 16-year-old who was homeless and forced into prostitution. Not only did Asia’s captor fail to recognize her inherent value and worth, but Asia herself failed to acknowledge that she was not an object to be used and abused.

In a world like ours with dozens of talking heads constantly ranting about human rights and freedoms, how does forced prostitution still happen? The numbers Professor Brauch shared were astounding. 45.8 million people are enslaved in some form today. 800,000 people are trafficked across borders every day. 5.5 million children are trafficked worldwide. Age 12-14 is the average age at which sexually exploited girls are forced into prostitution. Perhaps most shockingly, $150.2 billion are earned every year through human trafficking, making it the fasting growing criminal activity in the world.

Flawed Perfection is about recognizing that the only way to understand and properly address issues of law and policy is to get human nature right. Our flawed human nature and depraved hearts are at the core of the human rights issues we face today, and the only way to address and rectify the situation is to understand that humans are made in the image of God, fallen, and morally accountable. 

Although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights acknowledged that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, this has done little to prevent modern atrocities and genocides. Prof. Brauch discussed that some countries have even adopted conventions and then used their language to undermine fundamental rights or use them as a wall to “hide behind”. These issues stem from the modern human rights movement (1) inadequate understanding of the nature and source of human dignity, and (2) failure to fully acknowledge the depth of human sinfulness.

The key issue right now is the need to recalibrate to be able to enforce and promote fundamental human rights to life and liberty, so women like Asia are no longer subjected to the harsh reality of human trafficking and prostitution.

View his talk below:


Student Staff Update from Joseph Woltmann

My name is Joseph Woltmann, and I am currently a 1L student serving as a student staff member for the Center for Global Justice.

This semester I have the great opportunity to work on a project for Shared Hope International. The primary goal of this project is to research alternative court processes for sex trafficking victims as compared to the traditional juvenile justice procedures, such as the delinquency and dependency processes.

This project is very challenging and rewarding because it shows me how states vary in their ability to help and treat child victims of trafficking and abuse.  It is also teaching me much about state juvenile processes and how each state defines and processes children.  For example, some states have alternative processes that recognize child victims and are able to provide services catered to their needs in this process, while other states may recognize child victims but do not provide services catered to their needs.

This project has taught me that although much has been done to aid the victims of human trafficking, more is still needed.  Although some states recognize and provide services to victims of human trafficking in their alternative processes, other states are missing the opportunity to aid these victims.

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.


Bridging the Gap between Humanity and the Law

Student Staff Member Courtney Hitchcock
My first few weeks on the CGJ staff have been eye-opening and invigorating to my understanding of the law and human rights.

This semester, I have the opportunity to work for the International Justice Mission (IJM). One of my primary tasks is to understand what gender-based violence (GBV) looks like in Uganda and how that compares to other East African countries. The goal of this research is to help us understand the problems individuals face in this country so IJM can better prosecute these cases and affect change in their lives moving forward.

As a first-year law student, my days are filled with the basics of the American system. I learn civil procedure, which grants rights to both plaintiffs and defendants to ensure a fair trial. I learn tort law and contracts, both of which have a rich history of ensuring a voice to each side of an issue. I also learn property law, a subject deeply rooted in our nation’s legal history. 

It wasn’t until beginning work for the Center that I realized the importance of these doctrines and systems to the continuance of human rights. Without property law, there is no way of ensuring you get to keep your land aside from the use of brute force. Without tort law, there is no way for a victim to recover from her injuries. Civil procedure is an amazing system that ensures fairness at trial. Our courts are not infiltrated with corruption and deceit.

I had taken our legal system for granted.

While researching for the Center, I’ve come to understand how amazing the law is, and how not all people enjoy the same rights we do in the states. I now recognize that the topics which I once thought of as textbook material have a real impact on those whom God loves. This revelation has not only made American law more real to me but also increased my belief in the importance of the work I’m blessed to do at the Center. Although I’m just beginning to learn about the intricacies of human rights issues abroad, I’m so excited for the ways it has already opened my eyes to the importance of the law and its impact on humanity.

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.


2018 Center for Global Justice Fellowship Announcement

Congratulations to 3L Gloria Dandridge, who is our first 2018 Center for Global Justice Fellow!

Gloria Dandridge

Gloria joined the Center for Global Justice (CGJ) as a student staff member, working on legal projects for our partner organizations.

In 2016, Gloria served as a CGJ intern with the Land and Equity Movement of Uganda (LEMU), an organization that uses law and politics to bring change to Uganda by stimulating debate about land tenure and helping to protect the land rights of the vulnerable population in Uganda. Gloria conducted legal research on land grabbing, edited policy briefs, and even attended a mediation.

In 2017, Gloria interned with Advocates International South Africa, working to combat abortion, promote religious freedom, regulate pornography, and protect the poor.

This fall, Gloria will return to Uganda as a fellow to work with the Office of Directorate of Public Prosecutions  (DPP), the equivalent of the United States Attorney General. Gloria will assist the DPP in prosecuting cases of child sacrifice, thinking about how to create a juvenile division, and reviewing the relatively new plea bargaining initiative, which has been directly responsible for ensuring that children do not languish in prison beyond the terms of their sentences.

Gloria will be following in the footsteps of one of the first two CGJ fellows, Chelsea Mack.  Chelsea has been working with the DPP since fall 2017 when the Center for Global Justice Fellowship Program first began. Through this program, Regent Law graduates are able to work for one year with one of the Center’s partner organizations fully funded by the Center.

You can see more about Gloria and donate to the work of justice below or on Gloria's page here >


Legal Projects with International Justice Mission and Alliance Defending Freedom

As a first semester member of the CGJ Student Staff, I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to get my bearings and really delve into the projects I’ve been assigned.

Student Staff Member Corrie Lee

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work on two impactful projects with two different organizations this semester: International Justice Mission (IJM) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). My first couple of weeks were heavily focused on the ADF project. I am monitoring cases going before the European Court of Human Rights and sending weekly reports to Dean Walton and the ADF team, including cases that ADF might have an interest in intervening on.

As you can probably imagine, the cases going before the Court are atrocious crimes against humanity. Many cases include loss of life, property, religious freedom, or expression -- freedoms we enjoy so lavishly here in the United States. Reading over these cases has given me a new appreciation for the work the Center and ADF do, as well as, the blessings I receive as a United States citizen.

Now that I’ve got my feet firmly planted in the ADF project, I’ve shifted a significant portion of my time to the IJM project. My team is working on drafting a research memo regarding gender-based violence in Uganda. We’ve split the work into separate pieces so it’s more manageable, and I am focusing on the laws, regulations, and procedures that are in place to hold perpetrators of gender-based violence accountable.

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.


Partner Organization: The Market Project

Student Staff Member Aja Mallory
This semester I am researching employment law and communication law for the Market Project.

The Market Project establishes businesses that provide sustainable and healthy places of employment for men and women who have experienced multifaceted traumas.

I am specifically focusing on the employment and communication laws of Uganda.

The Market Project operates a yogurt producing operation that employs around 40 men and women.

The business is moving to increase its productivity, grow its workforce, and expand its market reach in the towns that have no locally produced yogurt.

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.