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Media Coverage

July 8, 2020: Via Human Rights Clinic, 3L Fights Criminalization of Food Sharing for Miami’s Homeless

June 24, 2020Human Rights Clinic Submits UN Report on Right to Food

June 21, 2020: Using ILO Convention 190 for Domestic Advocacy in the U.S.A.

May 27, 2020: Grad Heads to D.C. for Fellowship at Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

May 26, 2020: Homes for the homeless is one of the best ways to protect them from COVID-19 | Opinion

May 21, 2020: COVID-19 Leaves Domestic Violence Survivors in the Shadows

May 13, 2020: Commencement Speaker Heads to the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps

April 29, 2020: Smart Take: Anti-Immigrant Laws Put Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims in Harm’s Way, and Undermine Community Safety by Caroline Bettinger-López

April 24, 2020: Miami Law Human Rights Clinic Addresses the Rights of Rural Women Before the Organization of American States

April 23, 2020: Via U.N. Advocacy, Human Rights Clinic Addresses Arbitrary Detention Resulting from Drug Policy

April 1, 2020: The Law of Covid-19: Miami Law Addresses Civil and Human Rights, Public Health, Financial Stability, and Privacy Law in Pandemic America

March 25, 2020: New Commission to Investigate Gender-Based Violence

March 22, 2020: #PoorNotGuilty

February 3, 2020: New Commission will investigate gender-based violence

January 9, 2020: Haitians Gained Protections to Stay in the U.S. after a Devastating Quake. A decade later, Trump Wants That to End. A report from the University of Miami School of Law found that people deported after being convicted of crimes — including nonviolent drug offenses — are much more likely to become homeless once they return to Haiti, where they are often viewed as extensions of the United States government, with which Haitians are deeply angry. "Finding gainful employment is out of reach for many deportees," the researchers concluded. "Many deportees do not speak fluent Creole or speak Creole with an accent that is recognizably 'American.'"

November 15, 2019: Repeal Florida law that leaves immigrant domestic-violence victims in greater danger | Opinion

October 31, 2019: Miami Law Human Rights Clinic Submits Four Reports to the United Nations Alleging Violations in the U.S.  

September 11, 2019: Clinic Addresses Gender Impacts of Vagrancy Laws Before African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

September 5, 2019: Petty Offenses Symposium at Miami Law. Please see here for the report, videos, website and first article from the special symposium issue of the University of Miami Law Review associated with the Human Rights Clinic's symposium on "Petty Offenses: Challenging the Crimilanilzation of Poverty, Marginalization, and Gender Non-Conformity."  

July 2, 2019: Broadway Play Commemorates Human Rights Clinic Case Town of Castle Rock v. Jessica Gonzales 20th

March 6, 2019: Via U.N. Advocacy, Clinic Addresses Discriminatory Drug Laws Against Women

February 20, 2019: Human Rights Clinic Addresses Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada

January 16, 2019: Human Rights Clinic Students Travel to CO Seeking Answers on Client's Case

January 9, 2019: Tragedy as a Catalyst for Change

January 9, 2019: Codifying #MeToo into International Law

January 3, 2019: Students from the Human Rights Clinic Travel to Colorado Seeking Answers on Client's Case

December 5,  2018: Human Rights Clinic Address Officer-Perpetrated Gender Violence before European Court of Human Rights

December 3,  2018: Miami Law Human Rights Clinic Convenes Roundtable on Gender Bias in Police Response to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

October 13, 2018:  Film Chronicles a Mother's Fight for Justice

October 5, 2018: Jessica Lenahan, Carrie Bettinger-Lopez honored for fight to get restraining orders enforced

September 27, 2018: A Nation Transfixed by the Kavanaugh Drama -  Over 250 law professors who are experts in gender violence, sent a letter to Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn and Chuck Grassley regarding the fundamental flaws in process in Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. 

September 27, 2018: Kavanaugh’s judiciary hearing becomes teachable moment for UM, FIU students

August 14, 2018: Miami Law's Human Rights Clinic along with a coalition of three other South Florida-based community organizations announces grant award from the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund

August 7, 2018: Human Rights Clinic Augments Expertise with New Associate Director

 See Prior Media Coverage

June 15, 2018: Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez Publishes Op-Ed in Foreign Affairs Magazine: Sessions’ Draconian Asylum Decision, The U.S. Turns Its Back on Domestic Violence Victims

April 17, 2018: Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez Publishes Essay in Foreign Affairs Magazine: The Long Arc of Human Rights: A Case for Optimism

March 30, 2018: Human Rights Clinic Students Advocate for Rural Women's Right to Food at UN

March 21, 2018: Joe Biden and Professor Carrie Bettinger-Lopez Call for a Change in Culture

Dec. 12, 2017: Professor Bettinger-López Wins A Roddenberry Fellowship to Start the COURAGE in Policing Project (Community Oriented and United Responses to Address Gender Violence and Equality)

Oct. 31, 2017: Students from Professor Carrie Bettinger-López’s International Human Rights Law and Advocacy class teamed up with the law school’s Human Rights Clinic and South Florida anti-poverty organizations to produce six reports for the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. The rapporteur, Professor Philip Alston, used the reports to supplement his report to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva in early 2018.

Feb. 7, 2017: Beaver County, UT becomes 31st municipality to adopt a “Freedom from Domestic Violence” Human Rights Resolution. The Human Rights Clinic has worked with law clinics, advocates, and municipalities across the country to develop other "Freedom from Gender Violence" local human rights resolutions. Click here to learn more about the Resolutions.

Haitian activists urge US to halt deportations for minor crimes (February 20, 2015)

Activists say Haitian deportations need to stop (February 19, 2015)

Study, Activists: Stop U.S. Deportations to Haiti (February 19, 2015)

Haitian author Danticat: Stop deportations to Haiti (February 18, 2015)

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Publish Report on Post-Earthquake Haiti  (February 18, 2015)

Professor Kelleen Corrigan as IntLawGrrls contributor: Committee against Torture Weighs in on U.S. Immigration Policy (Jan 10, 2015).  

Civil Society and the Convention Against Torture (September 25, 2014)

MSNBC - How the Supreme Court Turned its Back on Domestic Violence (September 17, 2014) 

Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez comments on El Salvador's restrictive abortion laws in this WLRN-NPR news story.  (September 16, 2014)

Recent Miami Law Graduate Receives Fulbright Award to Examine Customary Law in Namibia (May 20, 2014)

Colorado Senate Tribute to Jessica Lenahan- On the last day of their legislative session, the Colorado Legislature honored Jessica Lenahan with a formal tribute. The tribute recognized Jessica’s personal courage and 15 years of advocacy on behalf of domestic violence victims. (May 7, 2014) 

Professor Caroline Bettinger, Director of the Human Rights Clinic, speaks on "Behind the Headlines" on Jamaica Radio about a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights about Stand Your Ground Laws in Florida. (March 25, 2014)

Lecture on internet privacy and human rights, and surveillance with Michael Samway, the former vice-president and deputy general counsel of Yahoo! and founder of Yahoo!'s Business and Human Rights Program (April 15, 2014)

Human Rights Clinic Participates in Hearing on Stand Your Ground Laws Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (April 15, 2014)

Human Rights Clinic Submits Amicus Curiae Brief on Dominican Republic's Mass Deportations of Haitians to Inter-American Court of Human Rights (November 11, 2013) 

Human Rights Clinic Hosts Forum and Presents Reports on Human Rights in the U.S. (October 28, 2013) 

Risk of Mass Deprivation of Nationality: Hundreds of thousands of individuals of foreign, mostly Haitian, descent in the Dominican Republic are at risk of being deprived of their Dominican nationality and becoming stateless following a recent ruling by the Constitutional Court. (October 13, 2013)

HRC students Averil Andrews and Jenny Khavinson co-published "From International to Domestic Approaches: Battling DV in the United States," on the Lenahan case, in the Dec/Jan 2012 edition of Domestic Violence Report and the Summer 2013 edition of Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly.

The ACLU delivers a statement on behalf of several groups at UNHRC urging US government to refrain from deporting Haitians (July 4, 2012)

Miami Law's Human Rights Clinic and Haitian Women of Miami Urge End to Haiti Deportations (June 6, 2012) 

Lecture reveals human rights abuses still taking place in Haiti– from police brutality to gender based violence (February 9, 2012) 

Lecture Shines Light on Death Penalty's Place in American Criminal Justice System (January 30, 2012)

Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez discusses the Miami Law Clinics' work on deportations to Haiti on Pacifica Radio (January 12, 2012)

U.S. Deportees to Haiti Face Horrific Conditions (November 13, 2011)

U.S. Reviews Care of Deported Haitian Who Died (September 20, 2011)

U.N. Urges Countries to Extend Permits for Haitians (June 21, 2011)

Groups Ask for UN's Help to End Haiti Deportations (June 16, 2011)

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women issues report on situation of violence against women in the United States. The report referenced information reported by the Miami Law Human Rights Clinic (June 7, 2011)

HRC students Miraisy Rodriguez, Farrah Elchahal, and Monika Siwiec publish op-ed on violence against women in The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald (March 2011)

The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Deportations of Haitians Resumes with Guests Caroline Bettinger-Lopez and Farrin Anello (see minutes 42-52) Listen

IntLawGrrls Guest Blogger Beatriz Carta Wagman on US Deportations Imperil Haitians (Apr. 30, 2011)

The Miami Herald: Halt Haitian Deportations (Apr. 18, 2011)

Island TV segment on advocacy before the Inter-American Commission to stop Haitian deportations with activist Marleine Bastien and Miami Law Human Rights Clinic students Beatriz Carta Wagman and Miya Patel (Mar. 11, 2011) (see minutes 21-32; in Haitian Creole & English)

Deportations to Haiti: Still a Death Sentence By Vince Warren, Carrie Bettinger-Lopez and Sunita Patel (Apr. 8, 2011)

Miami Law Clinics Argue Against Deportations to Haiti Before Human Rights Tribunal 

WLRN: Carrie Bettinger-Lopez on her recent travels to Haiti where she documented the current conditions under which current deportees to Haiti are being held

Strangers in a Strange Land, a New York Times video (March 21, 2011), documents the lives of Haitian deportees from the U.S. and features Prof. Carrie Bettinger-Lopez and the work of the Miami Law Human Rights Clinic.

Human Rights Clinic Partners With Local Community Organizations To Plan U.N. Special Rapporteur's South Florida Visit (Jan. 28, 2011) 

NY Times: After Long Fight, Farmworkers in Florida Win an Increase in Pay (Jan. 18, 2011)

Supporters Join Miami Law To Stop Deportations To Haiti One Year After The Earthquake (Jan. 12, 2011) 

Miami Law Clinics File Petition To Stop Deportations of Haitians (Jan. 6, 2011)

 

Press Releases

Coalition calls for urgent action to stop violence against Indigenous women and girls (February 6, 2019)

Law School Clinics Release Report Documenting the Devastating Consequences of U.S. Deportations to Haiti: Report Urges United States to Stop Deportations to Post-Earthquake Haiti (February 19, 2015) 

University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic Submits Friend of Court Brief to Inter-American Court of Human Rights (October 28, 2013)

Amnesty International Press Release: Dominican Republic must retract ruling that could leave thousands stateless (October 18, 2013)

 

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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
Associate Director, Human Rights Clinic & Lecturer in Law
 

Denisse Montes
R. Denisse Córdova Montes
Practitioner in Residence
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

 

SUPPORT THE COURAGE PROJECT

The Human Rights Clinic works to strengthen the law enforcement response to domestic violence and sexual assault locally in Miami, nationally, and globally through the COURAGE in Policing Project.

 

PHOTOS

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


Carrie Bettinger Lopez with Joe Biden
Human Rights Clinic Director (and former White House Advisor on Violence Against Women) Caroline Bettinger-Lopez with former Vice President Biden at the It's On Us Rally at the University of Miami (March 20, 2018).

clinic students
Human Rights Clinic students Maria Rodriguez, Riva Ryan, and Danielle Befeler attended the YWCA Congressional Hearing on eliminating racism and empowering women in Washington DC (April 25, 2018).

Charlotte Cassel, 3L, makes opening remarks during a thematic hearing before the IACHR.
Charlotte Cassel, 3L, makes opening remarks during a thematic hearing before the IACHR.

James Slater, 3L, delivers statement on immigration and deportations to Haiti before the UN Human Rights Committee
James Slater, 3L, delivers statement on immigration and deportations to Haiti before the UN Human Rights Committee

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
Associate Director, Human Rights Clinic & Lecturer in Law
 

Denisse Montes
R. Denisse Córdova Montes
Practitioner in Residence
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

 

SUPPORT THE COURAGE PROJECT

The Human Rights Clinic works to strengthen the law enforcement response to domestic violence and sexual assault locally in Miami, nationally, and globally through the COURAGE in Policing Project.

 

PHOTOS

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


Carrie Bettinger Lopez with Joe Biden
Human Rights Clinic Director (and former White House Advisor on Violence Against Women) Caroline Bettinger-Lopez with former Vice President Biden at the It's On Us Rally at the University of Miami (March 20, 2018).

clinic students
Human Rights Clinic students Maria Rodriguez, Riva Ryan, and Danielle Befeler attended the YWCA Congressional Hearing on eliminating racism and empowering women in Washington DC (April 25, 2018).

Charlotte Cassel, 3L, makes opening remarks during a thematic hearing before the IACHR.
Charlotte Cassel, 3L, makes opening remarks during a thematic hearing before the IACHR.

James Slater, 3L, delivers statement on immigration and deportations to Haiti before the UN Human Rights Committee
James Slater, 3L, delivers statement on immigration and deportations to Haiti before the UN Human Rights Committee