Max Derbyshire

Class of 2022

Ella Farrell

Class of 2022

Morgan Biele

Class of 2022

Our Internship Team

The International Law & Advocacy Internship

Leadership Initiatives is working to end human rights abuses in Northern Nigeria through advocacy and awareness. As part of the International Law & Advocacy program, Leadership Initiatives identifies critical human rights issues in Bauchi and the individuals and organizations fighting for a change.

Leadership Initiatives then pairs International Law & Advocacy interns with community leaders and project managers. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with the community leaders to support and incubate local human rights solutions. Students will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to create human rights campaigns that focus on improving the lack of education, women empowerment, domestic violence, and human trafficking. International Law & Advocacy interns will also prepare a community workshop that will be implemented in the spring of 2021.

The International Law & Advocacy Internship aims to introduce interns to the complexities and challenges of fighting human rights abuses and working within community development. Interns will gain an understanding of the unwavering commitment, focus, and determination required to work within this field. From working with interns, local community members will develop essential civic skills and knowledge, building their practical ability to advocate for themselves and others, and enhancing the human rights within the community.

Our Human Rights Issue

Human Trafficking

Our Human Rights Issue

Human Trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain labor. This can include any kind of forced labor or sex act. Trafficking can happen to anyone, especially vulnerable people.

The issue derives from vulnerable populations being taken advantage of. Trafficking is most effective when done against people that are scared of law enforcement or asking for help.

Trafficking can happen to anyone, but the homeless and runaway children are the most susceptible to trafficking.

Human Rights Issue


Community Outreach

Community Impact

Local Advocacy

There are 1221 cases of human trafficking in Bauchi per year

There have been 42,517 victims of human trafficking in Nigeria ever

There are 536 victims of human trafficking in Sub-Saharan African per year

There are 105,787 victims of human trafficking in the world every year


Human Trafficking

We will be holding meetings, using flyers and other marketing techniques to raise awareness of the issue. Human trafficking is a unique issue because all it takes is an observant eye to put a stop to it.

To connect with people affected we plan on using outreach and hospitality to make them aware of the situation they are in and how wrong it is. Trafficking victims are usually scared to reach out on their own so it is important to be as welcoming as possible.

We plan to petition officials through letters and email to put the human trafficking issue at the forefront. We will ask for initiatives to be taken to educate the public, prosecute traffickers and end the problem as a whole.

Community Outreach

Human Trafficking

Our project will see a heightened sense of awareness of the issue. Trafficking can be stopped by people reporting suspicious behavior. By making people aware of the problem and what it looks like, the community will have the tools it needs to stop the problem. Our project will also give the community a subject to unite/come together around. In addition to direct community outreach, we will be instigating legislators to make moves in order to make the issue known and at the front of community's minds.

Comunity Impact

Human Trafficking

By starting conversations and making people aware of the issue, Human trafficking can be solved. I will take time out of my day to converse with my neighbors, friends and family. On top of this, making flyers, signs and other advertising materials will draw the eyes of any onlooker and prompt them to research the issue.

I will start small by talking to close friends and family members. From there, I will use my research on the issue to start conversations with neighbors and other members of the community to get them in the loop. Once this is done, I may have created a large enough force to bring about change through local legislators.

Local Advocacy

Human Trafficking

Our Approach


Our team is drafting letters to the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria to outline the impact of human trafficking, urging the commission to take the necessary steps in revising human rights policies in the country.


To raise awareness for human trafficking in Bauchi, our team is designing a comprehensive human rights campaign for Bauchi to encourage community members to educate themselves on the issue and take steps to join the fight.


To help defend human trafficking, our team is developing a community workshop that equips and gives a platform to human rights activists who are ready to boldly change their community.

Our Fundraising


Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced some of the highest economic growth rates globally over the past 10 years. While this means that people in these nations have become more optimistic about their socio-economic future, the region continues to face a myriad of problems. In order to continue steady growth and achieve a future of equitable conditions in the region, our International Internship Program team seeks to build stronger communities from the grassroots level through fundraising for community development.

Funds raised are used to incubate new business and community ventures, pay staff to run the program on-site, fund student-created solutions, and invest in training for local leaders and entrepreneurs. Leadership Initiatives uses fundraised money to develop a network of support for actionable change and accountability between our team, the Leadership Initiatives staff, and the community stakeholders we work with.