Post by: Rebekah Bunch
On Nov. 9, 2020, the Center for Global Justice and the Journal of Global Justice & Public Policy partnered together to host a human rights event. Our hope is that Day in the Life of a Human Rights Attorney event series will become a tradition each semester at Regent University School of Law. The purpose of this event series is to expose students to the multiple areas of human rights law. We planned this event because a lot of students who attend Regent Law want to pursue a career advocating for human rights. However, many students do not know which human rights issue they want to focus on or even how to get started working towards this career path.
The first installation of this event series focused on sexual exploitation. We invited Sarah Breyer, the Director of Legislative Research for Shared Hope International, and Dani Pinter, senior legal counsel with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation Law Center. Shared Hope International is dedicated to bringing an end to sex trafficking through prevention, restoration, and bringing justice. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation works to defend human dignity and oppose sexual exploitation. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation works to abolish sexual exploitation by working to create services for victims seeking freedom from organized sexual exploitation, by preventing sexual exploitation by opposing policies and reform systems which enable harm, and by supporting legal reforms that decriminalize victimization. The panel spoke with students about their work and average day on the job, what led them down this career path, and gave advice to students who wish to pursue a human rights career.
The Center for Global Justice and the Journal of Global Justice & Public Policy will be planning the next installation of the event series for the spring 2021 semester. We hope that you will attend all installations of the event series if you are interested in pursuing a career in human rights or if you want to learn more about human rights issues in our world and what is being done to combat these issues.
To get involved in the fight during law school, students should strive to work with the Center for Global Justice and secure human rights internships. Also, students can visit human rights organization’s websites to learn how to take action through activism and volunteering.
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.