4.21.2014

Four Regent Law Students Secure IJM Internships

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
“I could not be more proud of these students,” states Ernie Walton, administrative director of the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law. “Securing an internship with IJM, highlighted by U.S. News & World Report as one of ‘10 Service Groups That Are Making a Difference,’ is a great accomplishment. For years, IJM has faithfully carried out God’s mandate to seek justice for the oppressed, and I am thrilled that some of our students will have the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing through IJM.”

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.

“Through the Center for Global Justice, Krystle, Lindsey, and Michael received grants to intern with IJM, which allows the Center for Global Justice to fulfill its dual mission of equipping Christian advocates to seek justice for the oppressed and serving those in the field,” says Walton. “I cannot think of a better internship placement for our students to be equipped or a better organization that we could support than IJM.”