Allentown, Pa

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To make a donation online to the CSE Institute, please click here. 

For information regarding other ways individuals, businesses, charities and other organizations can support please click here. To discuss individualized opportunities to support, please contact us directly.

Partnering with The CSE Institute

The CSE Institute is always actively seeking opportunities to partner with different governmental and non-governmental organizations to address commercial sexual exploitation in Pennsylvania and beyond.  If partnering with the CSE Institute is of interest to you, then we invite you to get in touch with our Director, Shea Rhodes via 610-519-7183 or

Extern with The CSE Institute

Interested in externing with the CSE Institute?  Start by applying to the Villanova University School of Law and contact CSE Institute Director, Shea M. Rhodes.

“Working at/in the CSE institute has been an exceptional experience for me as a law student. Where so much of law school focuses on theory, the Institute brings into sharp focus the actual impact that lawyers have on the world. The focus on trauma-informed lawyering and working to both provide legal services and advocate for policies that will right social and societal wrongs forced on victims has been an experience that I will never forget.” Ethan Schutzman, VLS, Class of 2023

“The CSE Institute has been the highlight of my law school experience. I received so much practical knowledge that you just can’t get in a classroom.” Ally Fifer, VLS, Class of 2022

“My experience at the Institute was formative for me developing my opinion about and a passion for public service to others. I learned to use my own voice to amplify the voices of others, and that’s a skill I will continue to practice throughout my legal career.” Hannah Rogers, VLS, Class of 2021

“My experience as an extern for the Villanova Law CSE Institute taught me to be an effective ally and legal advocate for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. I learned to listen to survivors and to ensure that any work I do in combatting CSE is survivor-centered and trauma-informed. Now, I’m putting these lessons to use as an attorney with pro bono work focused on assisting survivors in vacating criminal records acquired as a result of being trafficked #listentosurvivors.” Marie-Bussey Garza, VLS, JD Class of 2017

“The CSE Institute is a unique and amazing learning experience. I gained new skills that have helped me become a better student and will carry over into my career. It presents a mix of academic research and real-world involvement that opened my eyes to commercial sexual exploitation, the laws and policies in play, the organizations and people working to address the problem, and the woman and children caught up in the abuse. Being part of the CSE Institute has been life-changing and the best part of my legal education.” Alayna Brauer, VLS, JD Class of 2016


  • Learn More About The CSE Institute

    We welcome contact from organizations and individuals interested in more information about The CSE Institute and how to support it.

    Shea M. Rhodes, Esq.
    Tel: 610-519-7183

    Prof. Michelle M. Dempsey
    Faculty Advisor
    Tel: 610-519-8011

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