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.
To apply for the scholarship, fill out this short application and e-mail it to Thayer Case (email@example.com) and Maddie Morcelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 10, 2015. If you have any questions, please let us know.
We look forward to receiving your submission!
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.
This summer I had the opportunity to play a role in ending this atrocity when I worked for International Justice Mission (IJM), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. I worked with a South Asia field office to prosecute human trafficking cases. 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. 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 said, “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.” 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.