Kirk Schweitzer ’13 (Law) gained priceless insight and experience in anti-human trafficking work as an intern for the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law. Today, he works for Tiny Hands International, supervising the ministry’s human rights efforts in Nepal and Bangladesh. “Our approach is preventative,” Schweitzer says. “We intercept victims who are in the process of being trafficked.”
Nepali and Bangladeshi women and girls are taken across the border into India for both labor and sex trafficking. Schweitzer’s job is to protect victims from exploitation: “I help to oversee our investigations team that will follow up on our intercepts to help uncover trafficking networks and assist police in apprehending traffickers.”
The 2013 Regent Law alum has lived and worked in Kathmandu, Nepal for two-and-a-half years. International experience while in college and attending Regent exposed Schweitzer to injustice that touched his heart and gave him a new perspective. “I went to law school in hopes to someday be equipped to fight against trafficking,” he explains. “I realized that I wanted to be a part of the solution.”
“This experience was invaluable. It opened up my eyes to legal work overseas. It confirmed a desire to work overseas in a developing country.”
Schweitzer spent the summer between his second and third year of law school in northern Uganda, as an intern for the Center for Global Justice. “I worked with the public defender’s office and helped to mediate land disputes,” he remembers. “This experience was invaluable. It opened up my eyes to legal work overseas. It confirmed a desire to work overseas in a developing country.”
His work with Tiny Hands International is an opportunity for Schweitzer to serve as a living fulfillment of Regent’s mission to equip Christian leaders to change the world: “I have been placed in a position to work very closely with Nepali nationals who are fighting on the front lines against one of the greatest injustices of our lifetime.”
Please join the entire Regent community in praying for the work and ministry of Kirk Schweitzer, August’s alumni World Changer.