Jakerrian M. McGruder

Graduate Fellow

LL.M. Candidate, LL.M./J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights
St. Thomas University School of Law

Ms. Jakerrian McGruder is a first-year student in the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University School of Law from the soulful city of Jackson, Mississippi. Ms. McGruder obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Alcorn State University located in Lorman, Mississippi.

During her time at Alcorn State University, Ms. McGruder completed an internship with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC).  At MDOC, she was able to work under a special agent who specialized in assisting women of all ages who sought help from drug addictions and/or sexual abuse.  Through shadowing various meetings and report intakes, Ms. McGruder learned firsthand about the women’s experiences with these issues.

While in graduate school, Ms. McGruder grew interested in the crime of human trafficking and joined the efforts of The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy.  During her time with the Academy, Ms. McGruder will focus on research regarding the intersection of human trafficking, COVID-19, and their impact on the minority population in our country.