International Human Rights Law Society
This law student group was formed in the fall semester of 2007. The founding members, many of whom have traveled and lived abroad, coalesced around a shared interest in international human rights issues--from the genocide in Darfur to international human trafficking to global poverty and migration.
As a student organization, members of the society are committed to generating public awareness about human rights issues; building a community for future practitioners of human rights law by exploring resources and networking with non-profit and non-governmental organizations; and, engaging in public advocacy and direct action campaigns to make a tangible difference in our global community.
IHR has organized several events, including: The Human Rights of Trafficked Persons: A Comparative Discussion of Human Trafficking in the U.S. & Bahrain (November 15, 2007); RightsWork: A Speaker Series; fundraising and participation in the Run for Refugees 5k Race; and a film screening of Darfur Now (February 21, 2008). The Society has joined with the Albert Schweitzer Institute to develop the Nicaragua Law and Service Project, raising funds to travel to Nicaragua in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, where they learned first-hand about the legal and social issues facing their host community, met with local law students and sugarcane farm workers, assisted with a local community garden project, and gave a presentation to the local bar association. The group has also begun an expansion of their efforts into Guatemala.
Executive Board for 2013-2014
3L President: Erin O'Neill
2L President: Jenny Hanna
Vice President: Kauther Badr
Secretary: Sarah Seman
Treasurer: Kelly McKeon
Fundraising and Event Liaison: Megan Collins