JD Class of 2015
LL.M. Class of 2016
Sarah joined Shared Hope International’s policy team in 2016. Shared Hope “strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children.”
While serving on the Center for Global Justice’s student staff, Sarah had the opportunity to assist Shared Hope with the Protected Innocence Challenge, the nation’s only comprehensive survey of state child sex trafficking laws. Though Sarah always had a passion for helping vulnerable women and children, it was this work that inspired Sarah to obtain her LL.M. in human rights law and to join the fight to end child sex trafficking.
Her experiences at the Center for Global Justice ultimately led to a full-time position with Shared Hope. As policy counsel, Sarah now leads the Protected Innocence Challenge project—updating advocacy materials to reflect the latest legislative advancements and compiling national state law surveys. She further aids her team’s advocacy efforts by tracking legislation introduced in all 50 states and DC that relates to the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Each November, every state receives a grade based on a thorough statutory analysis of existing law. Since its launch, the Protected Innocence Challenge has seen the national grade average rise from 59.1% in 2011 to 82% in 2017. For Sarah, this 23 point jump is just the beginning. “There’s still a great deal of work to be done, but I’m excited to be a part of this national change going forward.”
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