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November 17, 2021: Human Rights Clinic Supports Maine's First-in-the-Nation Right to Food Constitutional Amendment

November 12, 2021: With Focus on Human Rights and Trial Advocacy, 3L Miami Scholar Serves Country and Those in Need

October 30, 2021: In Maine, a push to enumerate a constitutional right to food

October 15, 2021: Conference Addresses Misconceptions, Proposes New Narrative For Haiti

October 10, 2021: First Responders with a Rights-Based Approach to Mental Health Crises

October 6, 2021: Miami Law Symposium Fosters a Wealth of Scholarship and Advocacy

September 22, 2021: Associate Director of the Human Rights Clinic Tamar Ezer Publishes Article on Homelessness

September 15, 2021: Miami Law launches Human Rights Program

August 17, 2021: UN Women: Gender-Responsive Policing, Pivotal to Confidence in Law Enforcement

August 11, 2021: Racial Bias Must be Addressed to Create Real Change in Police Responses to Gender-Based Violence

August 2021: Human Rights Clinic Newsletter 2021

August 3, 2021: Biden Administration Appoints Miami Law’s Caroline Bettinger-López to Gender Policy Council

 News: Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

July 1, 2021: Clinical Training: Human Rights Clinic Students Contribute to National Hunger, Health, and Housing Report

June 30, 2021: Human Rights at Home Blog - Realizing the Rights to Food, Health, and Housing

June 25, 2021: Recent Graduate and HOPE Fellow Awarded Prestigious Human Rights Program Fellowship

June 10, 2021: Human Rights Law Clinic Advocates for the Decriminalization of Homelessness Before the Ninth Circuit

May 2021: Community Impact: Clinics Spring 2021 ǀ Miami Law

May 2021: Human Rights Clinic 2020-21 Highlights Video

May 2021: Challenging Racial Injustice in the Criminalization of Homelessness in the United States: A Human Rights Approach

May 2021: A Human Rights Framework to Address Racial Inequalities Undermining Health in the U.S.

April 28, 2021: Human Rights Clinic Files Submission to UN on Rights of Indigenous Women and Girls

March 29, 2021: Miami Law Delivers International Law & COVID-19 Symposium

March 24, 2021Third-year Law Student Receives Prestigious Fellowship at the Environmental Law Institute

March 19, 2021: Biden’s Aid Package Funnels Millions to Victims of Domestic Abuse

March 7, 2021: Facing South Florida: Gender Equality

March 3, 20213L Gabriela Valentín Díaz Receives Prestigious Bertha Justice Fellowship to Work at Earthrights

February 22, 2021: Gender-Based Violence in Latin America a Prevalent Problem

February 15, 2021: University of Miami Law Review: Petty Offenses Symposium Synopsis

February 3, 2021: Victory in the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights - Human Rights Clinic Contributes to a Successful Challenge to Vagrancy Laws

December 21, 2020: Human Rights in Patient Care: A Special Collection

December 16, 2020: Alumna Works at Dream Job at Seminole Tribe of Florida

December 9, 2020: Human Rights Clinic Files Federal Brief to Repeal Law Harming Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking

December 2, 2020: Human Rights & Tech Companies: Rights & Responsibilities in the Digital Age

November 18, 2020: Care Not Criminalization to Address Drug Dependence 

November 17, 2020: Human Rights Clinic Assesses Impact of COVID-19 on Gender-Based Violence in South FL

Fall 2020: Human Rights Clinic Contributes to 2020 Global 16 Days Campaign Advocacy Guide and Social Media Toolkit.

Fall 2020: University of Miami Law Review: Petty Offenses Symposium Special Issue

Fall 2020: Petty Offenses Symposium Special Issue Forward: Addressing the Criminalization of Poverty and Marginalization 

Fall 2020: Petty Offenses Symposium Special Issue Walking While Trans: Policing Women’s Sexuality

October 29, 2020: Domestic Violence Survivors Need More Help Than Ever During Pandemic

October 19, 2020Joe Biden Ha Luchado De Forma Sincera Contra La Violencia Hacia Las Mujeres | Opinión

October 14, 2020: Two-Time HOPE Fellow Follows Her Passion for International Human Rights

October 12, 2020Joe Biden Has a History of Keeping Women Safe from Domestic Violence | Opinion

September 30, 2020: Human Rights Clinic Files Federal Brief to Repeal Law Harming Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking

September 29, 2020: Skadden Foundation Tackles Covid Legal Issues Impacting Poor

September 21, 2020: Miami Law’s Legal Eagles Reflect on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy

September 15, 2020: Top Schools for Human Rights Law

September 14, 2020: Serving Where the Need is Greatest: A Q&A with Drew Aiken of Doctors Without Borders

September 3, 2020: Constitutionalizing Equality: The Equal Rights Amendment as a Catalyst for Change

 News: Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

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.

June 6, 2020: The Shadow Pandemic: 243 Million Women Have Experienced Physical Or Sexual Abuse In The Last Year

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 20, 2020: Recent Graduate Awarded Prestigious Justice Catalyst Fellowship with Texas Civil Rights Project

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: Clinic Director Joins 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 find additional information and materials on the website of the Petty Offenses Symposium: Challenging the Criminalization of Poverty, Marginalization, and Gender Non-Conformity

 News: Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

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

February 6, 2019: PRESS RELEASE: Coalition Calls for Urgent Action to Stop Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls

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

 News: Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

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.

 News: Fall 2013 - Spring 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) 

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

PRESS RELEASE: Amnesty International Press Release: Dominican Republic must retract ruling that could leave thousands stateless (October 18, 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.

 News: Fall 2010 - Spring 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)

PRESS RELEASE: 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)

PRESS RELEASE: Inter-American Commission Orders United States to Stop Deportations to Cholera-Stricken Haiti (June 2, 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)

PRESS RELEASE: ICE Begins Second Round of Deportations to Haiti During Humanitarian Crisis (Apr. 15, 2011)

PRESS RELEASE: Press Conference: Stop Deportations to Haiti! (Apr. 14, 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)

PRESS RELEASE: ICE Formalizes Policy to Deport Haitians During Humanitarian Crisis (Apr. 1, 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

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)

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.

PRESS RELEASE: International Human Rights Commission Summons U.S. to Stop Deportations to Haiti Following First Deportee Death (Feb. 4, 2011)

PRESS RELEASE: UM School of Law Hosts Conference: 'Gender Justice in the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue on Sexuality, Violence, Reproduction & Human Rights' (Feb. 2011)

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 RELEASE: Rights Groups File Emergency Human Rights Petition to Stop Imminent Deportations to Haiti: Earthquake, Cholera and Violence is Death Sentence (Jan. 6, 2011)

PRESS RELEASE: U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Surveys South Florida Human Rights Issues (Jan. 2011)

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