Abigail Rinard

NCOSE_Staff_Abigail Rinard

Law Clerk for NCOSE Law Center

As a Law Clerk at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Abigail works with the Law Center to research key online sex trafficking statutes and cases, focused primarily on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act.

Abigail is currently in her second year of law school at The Catholic University of America, where she has excelled academically and finished her first year on the Dean’s List. She will add to her experience this year as a staff member of the Catholic University Law Review and as a research assistant. She is also a representative of the Pro Bono Advisory Board, where she serves as a liaison between students and the pro bono coordinator. Since beginning law school, Abigail has participated in various pro bono opportunities, including volunteering at legal clinics through the Christian Legal Aid of D.C.

Prior to law school, Abigail graduated from Mercyhurst University (magna cum laude) with degrees in Political Science and Health Sciences. While at Mercyhurst, she conducted a senior thesis on the rehabilitation and reintegration of child soldiers in Sub-Saharan Africa, sparking her desire to become an advocate for sexually exploited children. When not in the office or studying, Abigail enjoys exploring local coffee shops and training for triathlons.

Articles by Abigail Rinard

Opponents of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) Give Arguments to D.C. Circuit

The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) was signed by the president on April 11, 2018, and has been an incredibly important piece of legislation aimed at stopping websites from facilitating and promoting prostitution and sex trafficking. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, along with survivors and other advocates, supported…

Photograph of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia where arguments for and against FOSTA were held

Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light