Four Regent Law students will work with the International Justice Mission this summer. Krystle Blanchard and Lindsey Brower will intern for IJM Kenya; Michael Aiello will intern in Thailand; and Sandra Alcaide, a Blackstone Fellow, will work in South Asia.
|Lindsey Brower, an IJM intern|
Krystle and Lindsey will aid the IJM Kenya team in prosecuting sexual violence cases, protecting the poor from power abuse among local law enforcement, and releasing individuals who were wrongfully imprisoned. They’ll help men like Anthony and Silas, who were wrongfully accused of robbing a family simply because they were near the crime scene, and thrown in prison on baseless charges. Accusing and charging those near a crime scene with committing the crime is all too common among the police in Kenya. With help from IJM, Anthony and Silas were freed two years later, and IJM helped them restart their lives.
Krystle and Lindsey have already begun working on an IJM Student Staff Project with the Center for Global Justice to be better prepared for their internships.
Michael’s work will focus on sex trafficking, sexual assault, and securing citizenship for hill tribe people. According to an IJM article, more than 12 million people worldwide do not have citizenship, which means they don’t have access to fair wages or education and do not receive legal protection. Women and girls without citizenship are also more likely to be exploited or trafficked, according to UNESCO. IJM Thailand strives to combat these issues by providing an Identity Card for stateless hill tribe citizens.
Through Blackstone, Sandra received a six-week internship with IJM. She will review IJM advocates’ trip reports, create curriculum materials for training advocates in organizations that partner with IJM, research, and write briefs.