Christina A. Sambor

Christina Sambor
24 months
Bismarck, NDWhile most attorneys at this stage in their career are fighting to make partner, Christina Sambor is fighting human trafficking in North Dakota. The rural isolation, overburdened law enforcement agencies and explosion in transient populations in the oil patch have created conditions in which human trafficking can thrive. Christina is part of a burgeoning grassroots movement of legislators, survivors, service providers and others who are working to better understand and address what amounts to modern-day slavery. The Bush Fellowship will allow her to build skills that will be useful in the fight against human trafficking.

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Updates and Insights from Bush Fellows During Their Leadership Journey

My life since beginning my Fellowship has changed so dramatically. In a year, I went from the private practice of law (pulling my hair out, being anxious, gaining weight, feeling unfulfilled by my work), to being a part of a coalition that has brought about sweeping change to awareness, collaboration and policy on human trafficking in North Dakota. It really blows my mind to see how far we’ve come in just a year. I will never be able to thank the Bush Foundation enough for selecting me as a Fellow, because that selection started this whole change.

When I was awarded my Fellowship last year, one of my colleagues, who would become a close friend and mentor, told me, “Buckle up, this is going to be a game changer.”

A game changer it has been. A year ago I was an associate attorney at a law firm in Bismarck, ND, working on education, family and criminal law. I was thrilled to have received a Fellowship from the Bush Foundation, and planned to continue working as an attorney, but to reduce my caseload by a quarter, to make room for the study of the incidence of and trends in human trafficking in North Dakota.

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