April 2016 Quarterly Update

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Administrative Director's Greeting

Greetings from the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law! I trust all of you had a great Easter, marveling anew at the death and resurrection of Christ. As I reflected on Passion Week, I was reminded of how unjustly Jesus was treated and of His amazing response. As 1 Peter tells us, “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly." (1 Peter 2:23.) Indeed, what greater injustice could have been committed than the murder of the Son of God? But the beauty is that because Jesus experienced the ultimate injustice, suffering as the only truly innocent one, He can bring meaning and hope to those who are now suffering great injustice. We at the Center for Global Justice seek to be this extension of Christ's ministry.

Internship Program: Seventeen Students Set to Travel the World to Fight Injustice

As the semester draws to a close, we are preparing to send out seventeen interns across the globe through our internship program. Placements this summer include International Justice Mission, Uganda; Department of Public Prosecutions, Uganda; Advocates International, South Africa & Bulgaria; the Jerusalem Institute for Justice, Israel; the National Center On Sexual Exploitation, Washington, D.C.; Youth With A Mission (YWAM), General Counsel's Office; and many others. We still need funding to cover the costs of these internships. Through your giving, students receive great legal experience and provide valuable support to organizations fighting for the oppressed, all without having to take out additional debt. Please give

To learn more about the program and hear from students how the internships change their lives, please watch our intern video »

Project Highlight: Young Ugandan Girl Rescued from Kidnapping, Torture, and Child Sacrifice

This semester we are working with Kyampisi Childcare Ministries, a Ugandan non-profit organization that combats child sacrifice, on a case involving a nine-year-old girl named Hope who was kidnapped and tortured for sacrificial purposes. Thanks to the great advocacy work of Kyampisi Childcare Ministries (KCM) and legal support from the Center for Global Justice, the perpetrator was charged with “Kidnapping or Abducting in order to subject a person to grievous Harm, Slavery,” a crime that carries a significantly greater penalty than the crime for which the perpetrator was originally charged.

In 2008, Hope was kidnapped. The perpetrator tied Hope with ropes, kept her on his shrine for over one year, repeatedly drained her blood, cut her tongue, removed her teeth, and fed her virtually nothing. Hope was found alive but utterly disabled. The perpetrator was a fugitive for the past eight years, but thanks to an undercover sting operation by KCM and the Ugandan Police, he was recently apprehended. To make sure this case received sufficient attention, we drafted a detailed letter to the prosecutor that discussed the seriousness of the case and recommended various charges. Thankfully, the prosecutor amended the charges to include “Kidnapping or Abducting in order to subject a person to grievous Harm, Slavery,” a charge that carries a sentence up to fifteen years in prison under the Uganda Penal Code. Please pray that justice will be done in this case.

Center Events
Women's Rights Symposium
The Center has been quite busy this semester putting on a number of special events. On March 4th, we, in partnership with the Journal of Global Justice and Public Policy, hosted our fifth annual symposium entitled, Women’s Rights: 50 Years After Griswold v. Connecticut. The symposium concluded with a banquet dinner called Justice for the Unborn. Abby Johnson, Former Planned Parenthood Director turned pro-life advocate, spoke at the dinner. Abby shared her incredible story and challenged us to believe that God can redeem.

To watch Abby’s presentation, go here »

Professor Jim Gash

On February 15, the Center hosted Jim Gash, Professor of Law and Director of Pepperdine’s Global Justice Program, who spoke about his new book, Divine Collision: An African Boy, An American Lawyer, and their Remarkable Battle for Freedom, which details his incredible work of helping imprisoned juveniles in Uganda. 

Read more »

Guardian ad Litem CLE

On March 24, the Center hosted a 7-credit CLE course required for all attorneys seeking to receive their certification as Guardians ad Litem in Virginia. This year, eight students and thirteen attorneys attended.

FBI Special Agent Talk

On March 28, FBI Special Agent Michael McMahon joined us for lunch and discussed Department of Justice investigations of civil rights violations. Special Agent McMahon discussed investigations relating to “Color of Law” (i.e., investigations of police officers who abuse their authority), human trafficking, and hate crimes.

Find all our events at regent.edu/centerevents »


As always, please pray for us. In John 15:5, Jesus reminds us that “apart from Him we can do nothing.” And what better way is there to “abide” in Jesus than to be in constant communion with Him through prayer? Please pray for our staff, our students who are graduating, and the upcoming internships.

In Christ,
S. Ernie Walton, Esq.
Administrative Director

P.S. For anyone interested, CNSNews recently picked up one of my blog posts regarding the dangers of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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