Human Rights, Justice, and Public Interest Related Announcements

Hunger Strike at Tacoma’s Immigration Detention Center Enters Day Four

Associated Press Detention Center Holding Cell

By Alexis Krell, The News Tribune

Tacoma’s federal immigration detention center was working Monday to determine how many of its 1,300 detainees were on a hunger strike, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

The agency said 130 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center on the Tideflats declined meals as of lunchtime and indicated they were striking, compared to 330 Sunday. Supporters said about 1,200 detainees started the strike Friday in protest of deportations, and in demand of better food, treatment by guards and working conditions at the center.

Continue reading herePhoto courtesy of the Associated Press and Ted S. Warren.

Washington State Ranks High on Justice Index

By: Cardozo Law School, The Justice Index

The Justice Index is a snapshot of the degree to which best practices for ensuring access to the civil and criminal justice systems have been adopted across the country. This aggregate map gives a summary view of the national and state-by-state commitment to providing access to the civil and criminal courts for some of our most vulnerable populations.

For complete information and details on the Justice Index’s findings, click here.

Justice Index Composite Map

Leitner Center at Fordham Law School Offers New Summer Human Rights Program, July 28 – Aug. 8

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The Leitner Center is organizing a new program this year — the 2014 Summer Human Rights Institute at Fordham Law School. The Institute is a two-week certificate program that will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the theory and application of human rights law. The course, this year held from July 28 to August 8, will include practice-based examples for lawyers and other professionals working in a range of fields. The course will be taught by professors from Fordham Law School, and will be a rigorous program with daily lectures and workshops. The program will provide an overview of international law as well as focused subject lectures and workshops. It will also include fieldwork and discussions with attorneys practicing international law in New York, in governments, and with non-governmental organizations.

The program is suitable both for recent graduates from undergraduate programs as well as advanced degrees, advanced professionals, as well as people working in international law, development, and business. The course is open to students from around the world. The Leitner Center will work with students to obtain necessary visas and other paperwork.

For inquiries about the program, contact the Leitner Center here.

PILA Grants Application Now Available, Due 4/3

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The PILA grant application is now available!  PILA provides $5,000 and $2,500 grants to fund students’ public service projects. Students may use their grant this summer or any quarter in the 2014-2015 academic year. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have already completed 5 volunteer hours for PILA.

The application can be accessed hereThere is a binder of past PILA grant applications in the Career Services Office (Room 346) that applicants may look at for guidance and inspiration.

Applications are due to Academic Services (Room 361) by 4:30PM on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the application or the grants process, please contact PILA Grants Coordinator Tori Ainsworth.

Attention 1Ls!  Goodwin Proctor Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color Due THIS FRIDAY, 3/15

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For the past eight years, Goodwin has invested in a diverse legal community by offering fellowships to high-achieving law students of color. This year, we will again offer awards of $7,500 to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school. This program allows us to connect with a wide array of talented students early in their legal careers who are committed to giving back to their communities.

In addition to the monetary fellowship award, selected fellows are guaranteed a “straight-to-callback” interview with the Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interview season during their second year of law school. Fellows will also be invited to participate in some of our summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization.

For additional information on the Fellowships, please click here.

U.S. Justice Gap is Under International Scrutiny – Op-Ed

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By Risa E. Kaufman, The National Law Journal

The United States will be reviewed on March 13 and 14 for how it is meeting its commitments under this core human rights treaty. Concerned with the civil justice gap in the United States, the U.N. committee of human rights experts conducting the review has put squarely on the agenda the question of what steps this country has taken to improve legal representation in civil proceedings for litigants belonging to racial, ethnic and national minorities, and for victims of domestic violence.

Continue reading here.  Photo courtesy of Alandj / iStockphoto.com. UN European HQ in Geneva