October 11, 2017 | McLean, VA — Emily Sauer (JD ‘18) has been selected for the 2017-2018 Douglass Fellowship class. This is the inaugural year for the program, which was created by the Human Trafficking Institute in McLean, Virginia. The program’s name is inspired by Frederick Douglass’s commitment to freedom, education, law enforcement and advocacy.
Fellows were selected through a competitive process based on demonstrated academic ability, leadership potential, and commitment to human rights. During their fellowship year, Fellows will support the Institute’s efforts to provide clear, data-driven materials to scholars and criminal justice practitioners who are fighting human trafficking. Douglass Fellows will serve September through April.
As part of her fellowship, Sauer will coordinate an Institute event at Pepperdine University School of Law. She is also paired with a mentor who works on human trafficking initiatives. Sauer’s mentor is Carl Benoit, Chief of the Office of the General Counsel, Critical Incident Response Group Legal Unit of the FBI.
Sauer graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As an undergraduate, she helped launch the Women’s Empowerment Division of Global Visions International in Cape Town, South Africa. This experience fostered her interest in working with communities from the developing world.
As a student at Pepperdine Law, Sauer has actively applied her legal knowledge to human rights work. She completed externships with the Ugandan Supreme Court through Pepperdine Law’s Global Justice Program, and with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also assisted WilmerHale with pro-bono human trafficking cases in Los Angeles, California. Sauer serves as an Associate Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review.
Sauer admires the Human Trafficking Institute “because of its strong commitment to combat modern slavery through empowering police and prosecutors to stop human traffickers.”
The Human Trafficking Institute exists to decimate modern slavery at its source by empowering police and prosecutors to stop traffickers. Working inside criminal justice systems, the Institute provides the embedded experts, world-class training, investigative resources, and evidence-based research necessary to free victims. For more information, visit www.TraffickingInstitute.org.
Read more about the Douglass Fellowship at www.DouglassFellowship.com.