The WLSO scholarship is awarded to a student whose unpaid summer internship helps women and women’s rights. This is a broad requirement and covers a lot of types of internships.
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Past Recipients of the WLSO Scholarship
EMILY TICHENOR, '16L
In India you are currently more likely to be struck by lightning than to go to jail for holding slaves. In a country with an estimated 14 million people in slavery, this lack of accountability for slaveholders constitutes a serious problem. The main types of slavery in India include bonded labor (e.g., forcing people to work in brick kilns or rice factories) and commercial sexual exploitation. Girls and women constitute the majority of the victims sold into the commercial sex industry, a $33.9 billion industry worldwide.
Through the WLSO Scholarship, Tichenor had the opportunity to play a role in ending this atrocity. She worked for the South Asia field office of the International Justice Mission (IJM), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, to prosecute human trafficking cases. She says that by prosecuting these cases and getting convictions for traffickers, other perpetrators receive a message that they will not get away with their actions: when they realize that their illicit activities are punishable, they should stop—preventing millions of girls and women from being exploited through forced prostitution.
Tichenor says that when girls and women are free, they can accomplish great things. For example, an IJM client rescued several years ago now lives in a group home for rescued victims and dreams of becoming a hairstylist. Another victim told Tichenor, “I didn’t hope for the future and I didn’t make any plans. Now I’m thinking about my future and about what I want out of my life.” Tichenor believes it is important for lawyers to stand up for girls and women like these to show that they are valued and should not be taken advantage of just because they are poor and female.
BRANDON HICKS, '15L
Through the WLSO Scholarship, Brandon Hicks spent a summer with the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP). TCRP assists undocumented women who have been victims of domestic violence. The organization helps these women seek relief through the Violance Against Women Act. TCRP also engages in litigation to protect the rights of people with disabilities, as well as litigation to end unlawful police practices.