spring 2014 externship – Amara Legal Center – Policy

December 8, 2014

Spring 2015 Policy Advocacy Fellowship with the Amara Legal Center

The Amara Legal Center is a legal services organization dedicated to providing free legal services to U.S. citizen survivors of sex trafficking in the DC metro area and is currently seeking fellows for the spring 2015 semester. Amara is proud to coordinate this program in conjunction with Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.

Expected Fellow Duties:

  • Familiarizing him or herself with the human trafficking, sexual assault and any related laws in DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as at the federal level. The fellow will be given guidance on researching these laws.
  • After researching, assisting Amara staff in policy advocacy work at the state and federal level. This includes lobbying the DC Council and other local legislative bodies on current legislation, assisting in the drafting of proposed legislation, preparing testimony for legislative hearings, and collaborating with local stakeholders on policy advocacy campaigns.
  • Researching other jurisdictions for new anti-trafficking laws which do not currently exist in DC, Maryland and Virginia and then taking this research to write policy memos on how and why similar laws should be adopted in the DMV region.
  • Writing a weekly blog post on issues surrounding Amara’s work.
  • Accompanying Amara staff to important meetings with community stakeholders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, media and local and federal lawmakers.
  • Assisting with organizational development projects, based on the fellow’s interest. Although the overwhelming majority of the fellow’s work will be legal policy work, the volunteer may help with fundraising, organizational development, grant writing, social media and promotion projects, according to the fellow’s desire, skills and interests.


  • Current enrollment in the Columbus School of Law
  • Ability to work 15 hours a week or more
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Demonstrated interest or knowledge in the areas of domestic violence law and/or sexual assault law, with a preference for those with experience or interest in human trafficking law specifically

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample of no more than 10 pages and a list of 2 references to Professor Mary Leary at leary@law.edu.


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