Human Rights Program Events

 

Learn about upcoming and previous Miami Law Human Rights Program events

 

Upcoming Events

 

 

 

Prior Events

 

 2021

Human Rights Clinic Showcase


Date & Time: Tuesday, April 20th, 10:10am – 11:50am EST

Please join us for a presentation by Human Rights Clinic students
about their work from this past year.

See flyer for more information

Register here

 

A Symposium on International Law and COVID-19:
Impacts on Human Rights and Public Health
Covid mask with map of world on it

Dates: Monday, April 12: 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. ET &
                Friday, April 16, 2021: 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. ET

See flyer & visit the webpage for additional information

Register HERE

 

Native Women Creating Visibility: Storytelling, Advocacy, and Art

A conversation with Mary Kathryn Nagle

Date: March 11, 2021 at 7:00pm

See flyer for more information.

 

Home Truth Film Screening


Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM, ZOOM

Join us for a free screening of Home Truth, an award winning documentary film detailing a domestic violence survivor’s groundbreaking quest for justice that reached the U.S. Supreme Court and an international human rights tribunal.  

Register Now

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scales of justice with people
9th Annual Henkin Lecture on Human Rights

“Human Rights and Democracy in a New Era”

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Time: 12:30pm-1:50pm EST

via Zoom

Featuring:

Juan E Méndez
Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence, Washington College of Law

The inauguration of a new administration – but more significantly the dramatic events that preceded it – gives rise to new opportunities to promote and protect human rights and democracy as a central element of United States foreign policy. This lecture will explore how the US can (re)establish its credibility on the global stage, and serve as a force for progressive change and a champion of justice, fairness, inclusion, and equality.


Register HERE

 

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What Can We Learn from the Experiences of Asylum Seekers?

A Digital screening and Q&A for Law Students and Immigration advocates

 

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Time: 10am PT/ 1pm ET ( 1 hour event)

 

RSVP: https://LearnAboutAslyumSeekers.eventbrite.com

 

Moderator:

Jayashri Srikantiah, Director, Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic
@JSJayashri @stanfordlaw

 

Speakers:

-Alexandra Condina, FIlmmaker, Paper Children

- Tom Shepard, Filmmaker, Unsettled

- Rachel Kafele, Legal Director, Oasis Legal Services

- Kusia Hreshchyshyn, Pro Bono Attorney Supervisor, Oasis Legal Services Handle: @oasislegalservices

- Gracia Cuzzi, Esq. Senior Staff Attorney, Catholic Legal Services Handle: @CCLSMiami

- Juliann Bildhauer, Senior Director for Legal Training and Technical Assistance, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

 

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 2020

 

PUSH: A FILM SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION

November 13, 2020

 A new documentary investigating why we can't afford to live in our cities anymore and highlighting the importance of housing as a human right.

Followed by a virtual panel discussion moderated by:
Eric Tars, Litigation Director of the National Homelessness Law Center, featuring:
Trenise Bryant - Miami Workers Center
Leilani Farha - Former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing; Global Director, The SHIFT
Jeffrey Hearne - Director of Litigation, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.; Director, Tenants’ Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law
Adrian Madriz - Executive Director, SMASH (Struggle for Miami’s Affordable & Sustainable Housing)
Rob Robinson - Staff Volunteer, Partners for Dignity and Rights
 
Click HERE for trailer
 

Human Rights Career Panel

October 20, 2020

Join the Human Rights Society and the Human Rights Clinic for a panel on careers in human rights law. Practitioners will discuss their career trajectories and advice for students interested in pursuing human rights law. Caroline LaPorte, JD ’14, Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Court, Meena Jagannath, Movement Law Lab, and Samantha Knights, Miami Law Adjunct Faculty.
 

HUMAN RIGHTS AND TECH COMPANIES: Rights and Responsibilites in the Digital Age

September 29, 2020

In the midst of conversations in the digital age surrounding fake news and social media addiction, join the Human Rights Society for a lecture with Professor Marcia Narine Weldon on human rights and tech companies.

Human Rights & Tech Companies: Rights & Responsibilities in the Digital Age

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Documentary Screening: Militia Man

February 27, 2020

Malitia Man

Militia Man
The International Criminal Court spent millions on his trial but arguably shed little light on the war crimes of Congolese militia man Germain Katanga, or properly compensated his victims.

 

“A New Kind of “War on Poverty” – The Trump Administration’s Policies Toward Vulnerable Immigrants”

February 18, 2020

Defending Human Rights of Migrants

Defending the Human Rights of Migrants Lecture Series Presents

“A New Kind of “War on Poverty” – The Trump Administration’s Policies Toward Vulnerable Immigrants”

 

Home Truth - Film Screening & Discussion

February 6, 2020

Home Truth

Home Truth

Home Truth, an award-winning documentary film detailing a domestic violence survivor’s groundbreaking quest for justice that reached the U.S. Supreme Court and an international human rights tribunal. Stay afterwards for a discussion about the Miami Law Human Rights Clinic’s ongoing representation of Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) in this landmark case.

 

Careers in Crimmigration

January 22, 2020

Defending Human Rights of Migrants

Defending the Human Rights of Migrants Lecture Series Presents

Careers in Crimmigration

 

 2019

Family Separation and Immigration Detention in the US

November 7, 2019

Defending Human Rights of Migrants

Defending the Human Rights of Migrants Lecture Series Presents

Family Separation and Immigration Detention in the US

Panelists will discuss current immigration policies, their traumatic effects on families and children, and strategies to address them.
 

 

Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights

October 15, 2019

Henkin lecture on human rights

8th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights - 
"Race, Gender, and Nation in an Age of Shifting Borders"

Featuring:
Catherine Powell, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law


 

Petty Offenses Symposium

September 20 - 21, 2019

Petty Offenses Symposium

Challenging Criminalization of Poverty,
Marginalization, and Gender Non-Conformity

Visit the webpage for additional information
 

 

Defending the Human Rights of Migrants Lecture Series Presents:
SB 168: Florida’s New Anti-Immigrant Law

September 16, 2019

Florida's New Anti-Immigrant Law Lecture

A panel discussion about SB 168: Florida’s New Anti-Immigrant Law

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What the Constitution Means to Me

June 20, 2019

What the Constitution Means to Me

Jessica Lenahan & her family

The Human Rights Clinic, the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP sponsored a special performance of the Broadway hit,

What the Constitution Means to Me

Dedicated to Jessica Lenahan,

Plaintiff in Town of Castle Rock v. Jessica Gonzales and Petitioner in Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States of America.

Jessica’s case was featured in the play.

Playwright/Actor Heidi Schreck dedicated her June 20th show to honor Jessica Lenahan and to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the deaths of Jessica’s beautiful daughters, Rebecca, Katheryn, and Leslie Gonzales.

 

 

Living at Risk: Transgendered Women, HIV, and Human Rights in South Florida

March 21, 2019

A panel with Megan McLemore, Human Rights Watch and Rajee Narinesingh , Trans Activist and actressthat discussed the Human Rights Watch Report: Living at Risk: Transgender Women, HIV, and Human Rights in South Florida which details how state and federal policies affect trans women’s access to HIV treatment and other healthcare in South Florida.

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Diversity in Law

March 20, 2019

A panel with visiting professor Joe Tringali as moderator, and distinguished members of the legal community including Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Darrin P. Gayles, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Abraham, Ana Romes, JD ’12, Nancy Abudu, Esq. , and Grace Mead, Esq. discussing their own experiences regarding challenges facing adversity and how to embrace intersectionality and overcoming adversity on their path to success. This was followed by a networking event with lawyers, community members, and students. This event was co-sponsored by over 43 organizations including Ackerman, the ACLU, Carina Mask, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association, and International Moot Court Program.

 

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Documentary Screening: Free Men

March 6, 2019

A screening of Free Men, a documentary featuring the trials and tribulations of Kenneth Reams whom at age 18 was convicted for capital murder without firing a bullet, becoming the youngest inmate on Arkansas death row.  Trapped in solitary confinement for 25 years, Reams transcended past his prison walls through painting and poetry.

 

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Documentary Screening: Militia Man

February 18, 2019

A Screening of Militia Man, a documentary focusing on the trial held by the International Criminal Court, “ICC,” for Germain Katanga and his war crimes. The screening was shortly followed by director Lisa Clifford, a British journalist and filmmaker who has reported on the ICC for years.

 

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Are You Interested in a Career in Human Rights?

February 7, 2019

A panel discussion with distinguished faculty and practitioners including Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, a Director and Professor of Clinical Education, Tamar Ezer, an Associate Director and Lecturer in Law, Denisse Cordova Montes, a Practitioner-in-Residence and Lecturer in Law,  Samantha Knights QC, a barrister at Matrix, UK and Adjunct Professor, Oscar Londoño, a Skadden Fellow at Community Justice Project, and Charlotte Cassel, a Deputy Director at Lotus House Women’s Shelter, about their pathways and work in human rights law.

 

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 2018

Home Truth - Public Film Screening

October 11, 2018

Home Truth

The clinic hosted a free film screening at UM’s Cosford Cinema of Home Truth, a documentary film about our Miami Law Human Rights Clinic client, domestic violence survivor/activist and litigant, Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales). Home Truth details Jessica’s extraordinary quest for justice that reached the U.S. Supreme Court and an international human right tribunal.

 

Read the Home Truth Program

Watch the livestream of Home Truth

 

COURAGE in Policing Roundtable at UM

October 11, 2018

Community Roundtable on Enhancing the Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

 

Former Vice President Joe Biden visits the University of Miami – It’s On Us Campaign Rally 2018

March 20, 2018

Joe Biden and Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

Biden Calls for a Change in Culture. Former Vice-President Joe Biden and Caroline Bettinger-López, Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Human Rights Clinic spoke to about the importance of speaking up against campus sexual assault.

 

 

Post-Biden event Roundtable on Campus Sexual Assault

March 20, 2018

Roundtable on Campus Sexual Assault with the Biden Foundation’s Violence Against Women Advisor, Lynn Rosenthal

 

 

 2011

Gender Justice Convening

February 23-25, 2011

Geneder Justice of the Americas Conference Report Cover

The clinic worked to organize the first Gender Justice of the Americas Conference in February 2011. The event focused on revitalizing and challenging the transnational dialogue regarding sexuality, violence, reproductive and human rights. This event brought together 150 advocates from 20 countries in the Americas.

Read the report

 



The Louis Henkin Lecture Series on Human Rights

Louis Henkin

Louis Henkin, the prominent law professor at Columbia University School of Law, was one of the founders of the academic study of human rights and inspired a whole generation of human rights lawyers, scholars, and activists, including some of Miami Law's professors. Miami Law created a lecture series by illustrious speakers in his memory. See the full list of lectures below:

 Lecture Series


Help Us Make a Difference

The Human Rights Clinic relies on charitable contributions to:

  • Offer high-quality legal support to underserved and disadvantaged communities
  • Give students firsthand experience in cutting-edge human rights litigation and advocacy at the local, national, regional, and international levels
  • Provide students with opportunities to engage in multidimensional legal advocacy, including:
    • Documentation and report-writing
    • Litigation
    • Media engagement
    • Work with legislative and administrative bodies
    • Campaigning
    • Community organizing
    • Global networking
  • Empower students to evaluate and propose reforms for laws and legal institutions
  • Invest in the next generation of skilled, ethical, and reform-minded lawyers
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CONTACT INFORMATION

Human Rights Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, E295A
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-1678
Fax: 305-284-6093


FACULTY

Caroline Bettinger-López
Caroline Bettinger-López
Professor of Law & Director, Human Rights Clinic
 

Tamar Ezer
Tamar Ezer
Acting Director, Human Rights Clinic and Lecturer in Law

Denisse Montes
R. Denisse Córdova Montes
Acting Associate Director, Human Rights Clinic & Lecturer in Law

STAFF

Rose Dominguez
Rose Dominguez
Senior Manager
(305) 284-4542
rdominguez@law.miami.edu

 

Dalgys Estrabao
Dalgys Estrabao
Senior Manager
(305) 284-8537
destrabao@law.miami.edu

 

PHOTOS

See more photos of the Human Rights Clinic in action on Flickr


Carrie Bettinger Lopez with Joe Biden
It's On Us
Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez (former White House Advisor on Violence Against Women) with former Vice President Biden at the It's On Us Rally at the University of Miami (March 2018).

 

Professor Tamar Ezer and Gabrielle Wynn, J.D. ’20

UN Advocacy
Professor Tamar Ezer and Gabrielle Wynn, J.D. ’20 participate in Estonia’s review before the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Group of students standing in front of CIW building.

Partners
The Human Rights Clinic and the Voces Unidas Coalition visit the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Immokalee, Florida.

 

Panelists in discussion

Petty Offenses Symposium
Professor Tamar Ezer, Conor Arevalo, J.D. ’21 Melanie Ng, J.D. ’21 David Stuzin, J.D. ’21 present at the Petty Offenses Symposium: Challenging Criminalization of Poverty and Marginalization.

Support Us


CONTACT INFORMATION

Human Rights Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, E295A
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-1678
Fax: 305-284-6093


FACULTY

Caroline Bettinger-López
Caroline Bettinger-López
Professor of Law & Director, Human Rights Clinic
 

Tamar Ezer
Tamar Ezer
Acting Director, Human Rights Clinic and Lecturer in Law

Denisse Montes
R. Denisse Córdova Montes
Acting Associate Director, Human Rights Clinic & Lecturer in Law

STAFF

Rose Dominguez
Rose Dominguez
Senior Manager
(305) 284-4542
rdominguez@law.miami.edu

 

Dalgys Estrabao
Dalgys Estrabao
Senior Manager
(305) 284-8537
destrabao@law.miami.edu

 

PHOTOS

See more photos of the Human Rights Clinic in action on Flickr


Carrie Bettinger Lopez with Joe Biden
It's On Us
Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez (former White House Advisor on Violence Against Women) with former Vice President Biden at the It's On Us Rally at the University of Miami (March 2018).

 

Professor Tamar Ezer and Gabrielle Wynn, J.D. ’20

UN Advocacy
Professor Tamar Ezer and Gabrielle Wynn, J.D. ’20 participate in Estonia’s review before the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Group of students standing in front of CIW building.

Partners
The Human Rights Clinic and the Voces Unidas Coalition visit the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Immokalee, Florida.

 

Panelists in discussion

Petty Offenses Symposium
Professor Tamar Ezer, Conor Arevalo, J.D. ’21 Melanie Ng, J.D. ’21 David Stuzin, J.D. ’21 present at the Petty Offenses Symposium: Challenging Criminalization of Poverty and Marginalization.