Attention Post Grads! Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Opportunity Available Now!

Open Justice Society Initiative Seeking Fall Interns, Due 8/27

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The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies. We foster accountability for international crimes, combat racial discrimination and statelessness, support criminal justice reform, address abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, expand freedom of information and expression, and stem corruption linked to the exploitation of natural resources.

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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Accepting Fellowship Applications for 2015-2016 for Rapporteurship on Human Rights Defenders, Certificates Testifying Intermediate-Advanced Level Spanish Required, Due 8/31

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The objective of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-american system of human rights in the are of human rights defenders.  The position starts from November 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

The fellow will provide support to the work of the Rapporteurship on Human Rights Defenders of the IACHR, under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the ES/IACHR a detailed report on activities carried out by the fellow.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union in New York Seeking Fall 2015 Legal Interns

ACLU LogoFall 2015 Legal Internship Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & AIDS Project, Position Open Until Filled

Founded in 1986, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) & AIDS Project is a division of the national office of the ACLU.  It is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the rights of people living with HIV, and freedom of religion and belief.  The Center for Liberty is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes.

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and AIDS Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks a part-time legal intern for the Fall of 2015.  A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit.  Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.

For more information, click here.

Fall 2015 Legal Internship, ACLUF, Reproductive Freedom Project, NY, Position Open Until Filled 

The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project’s (RFP) mission is to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child.  Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all.

The Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks a part-time legal intern for the Fall of 2015. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Staff Attorney for Reproductive Freedom Project, Position Open Until Filled

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The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project’s mission is to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child.  Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all.

The Reproductive Freedom Project is unique among reproductive rights organizations in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of affiliates as well as other attorneys in the organization who specialize in other civil liberties areas, including free speech, racial justice, and LGBT rights.  In addition, the Reproductive Freedom Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes.  The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive rights, women’s rights, LGBT issues, and freedom of religion and belief.

For more information, click here.

Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS) Seeking Equal Justice Advocate, Position Open Until Filled

ILAS Logo Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. (ILAS) is seeking an innovative, creative and exceptional advocate who shares a commitment to equal justice and the delivery of high quality impact advocacy on behalf of low income clients and their communities. The advocate will identify issues and develop strategies to address systemic issues involving civil rights, housing, public benefits, Indian law, farm worker protection and other issues. The advocate will investigate and assess potential cases and develop case plans, tactics, and strategies to litigate cases in federal and state courts. The advocate will work closely with ILAS’s Associate Director who has 37 years of experience in public interest litigation.

Submit: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, List of References

Candidates should have strong academic credentials, superior analytical, problem-solving, research, writing, and public speaking skills, and the ability to carry a varied caseload. Demonstrated litigation experience is important. A passionate commitment to the low income client community is essential. Initiative as well as ability to work as part of a team is also valuable. Current Bar admission is not a requirement and reciprocity is available.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area Seeking Fall Law Clerk, Due 8/31

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (“Lawyers’ Committee”) advances, protects and promotes the rights of communities of color, immigrants, and refugees by leveraging the power of the private bar to support direct service, impact litigation, and policy advocacy legal strategies.

Law clerks have the opportunity to work in one or more of our issue areas. If you have a particular interest in any particular area or current project please indicate this in your cover letter – there may be an opportunity to work with staff on special projects in these areas.

For more information, click here.

Governor Jay Inslee Seeking Interested and Qualified WSBA Members to Fill Judicial Vacancy in King County Superior Court, Due 8/31

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To be considered for this vacancy, applicants are strongly encouraged to promptly submit complete applications, along with a short resume and the Waiver and Authorization to Release Information, and schedule judicial evaluations with the King County Bar Association and statewide minority bar associations.

All applications must be completed and submitted to the Governor’s Office by Aug. 31, 2015, with all judicial evaluation ratings submitted to the Governor’s Office of General Counsel as soon as possible. If you have previously submitted an application to the General Counsel and would like to be considered for this position, please submit a letter of interest along with any updates/supplemental materials to your application.

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American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court Seeking Associate Legal Officer, Due 8/31

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The Coalition for the International Criminal Court seeks an Associate Legal Officer for its international secretariat in The Hague. The Associate Legal Officer will provide general legal support and coordination for CICC programs through legal research and analysis of issues related to international criminal law, law of international organizations, public international law and comparative law, and will provide coordination and advice on legal and institutional issues relating to the functioning of the ICC. The position is directly supervised by the Head of the CICC The Hague Office, under the overall direction by the CICC Convener and in close coordination with the members of the Legal Section and other CICC sections. The position is on a temporary basis to fill a secondment, and will start as soon as possible.

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Attention 3Ls & Recent Grads! The Arbitration Counsel Seeks Full-Time Intern (4 Month Commitment), Due 8/31

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The Arbitration Council (AC) is a national, independent institution with quasi-judicial authority established under the Labour Law 1997 of Cambodia.  The AC is empowered to assist employers and employees in resolving labour disputes by conciliation, mediation and arbitration.

The Legal Intern will have an opportunity to gain experience in a professional legal setting within a unique organisation.  Applicants should be either recent university graduates (having graduated from university within the last 12 months) or students undertaking university studies in the field of law from year 3.

For more information, click here.

J. William Fulbright – Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, UW Application Deadline 9/9

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The University of Washington application deadline is September 9, 2015; UW alumni are encouraged to apply through the University here.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component.

Embassies, Fulbright Commissions (where applicable), and host country governments will coordinate appropriate professional placements for candidates in all public policy areas including, but not limited to, public health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, the environment, public finance, economic development, information technology, and communications.

Successful applicants must be young professionals who have a strong service orientation, flexibility and resourcefulness, outstanding organizational skills, a wide range of competencies including strong writing, communication and IT skills, and the ability to work behind the scenes in a supportive role. Fellows may be responsible for activities such as policy and budget development and analysis; program monitoring and evaluation; drafting speeches, talking points, and correspondence; record keeping and note taking; and general project management. Fellows will have the opportunity to use their subject area expertise, language fluency, and other skills, such as IT proficiency, during the program to support the achievement of host institution goals. Responsibilities will be finalized after the placement is made. Participants will also be expected to carry out an academic component, such as an independent research project or related coursework. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will spend 32 hours per week in their professional assignments and 8 hours per week pursuing related academic projects.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships are available to:  African Union, Burma (Myanmar), Cote d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Haiti, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Samoa, Timor-Leste, Ukraine.

For more information, click here.

Need to Support Your Law School Education? Part-Time Paid Legal Assistant Position Now Open

Seattle Metro Chamber and Women’s Funding Alliance Seeking Director for 100% Talent, Position Open Until Filled

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The Seattle Metro Chamber and Women’s Funding Alliance have joined forces to launch 100% Talent, a voluntary, employer-led gender equity initiative designed to create a more inclusive economy and vibrant King County for all. We’re now hiring a director who will be primarily responsible for developing, implementing, and managing this five-year initiative.

The position reports to the Senior Vice President of Programs and Partnerships and is primarily responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the Chamber’s 100% Talent Initiative. This five-year initiative, a joint project of the Chamber and Women’s Funding Alliance, is a voluntary, employer-led gender equity initiative designed to create a more inclusive economy and vibrant King County for all.

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Health Care Authority’s Office of Legal Affairs Seeking PEB Hearings & Policy Coordinator, Position Open Until Filled

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The Health Care Authority’s Office of Legal Affairs is seeking an applicant to fill a hearings and policy coordinator position on a team that supports the Public Employees Benefits Division. Your rewarding work will include impacting the medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance benefits for many public employees, retirees, and their dependents throughout the state.

The PEB Hearing Representative represents HCA in complex cases at quasi-judicial administrative hearings before an HCA Presiding Officer or Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) in a wide variety of case types ranging from public employee appeals of health benefit plans, self-insurance plans, COBRA, ERISA, and self-insurance health plans.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights First Seeking Legal Intern for Refugee Representation, Position Open Until Filled

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Human Rights First’s Refugee Representation team welcomes law students to apply for its Fall 2015 legal internship in its Washington, D.C. office. This internship will provide qualified applicants with in-depth knowledge of the U.S. asylum system, as well as practical experience in interviewing, case preparation, and direct client service skills. Applicants must be currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest and commitment to legal representation of asylum seekers, and wish to work directly with asylum seeking clients. Those selected for the internship will preferably be fluent in a relevant second language, but this is not a requirement for the position. This internship is unpaid and is part-time (minimum commitment of 2 days per week).

For more information, click here.

Law Office of Tim Leary, Criminal Defense Attorney Seeking Part-Time Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Position Open Until Filled

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This is a part-time position with flexible hours in a small, fast-paced, criminal defense law office.  The ideal candidate will have an exceptional telephone presence, strong organizational and computer skills, the ability to multi-task, and some writing experience in a professional environment.  The successful applicant will serve as the initial and primary point of contact for existing and potential clients as well as the lead in communications with court staff and other attorneys, so a mix of professionalism and empathy are a must.  We are looking for someone with a positive outlook, initiative and a desire to partner with the attorney.

Customer service and/or office experience is required.  A paralegal certificate would be nice, but don’t worry – we’ll train the right candidate.  To apply, please provide a resume with an e-mail denoting your interest to office@learydefense.com.

Compensation: DOE & Competitive
Medical Benefits
Monthly paid vacation and/or sick leave
Potential Bonuses depending on performance

City of Seattle Seeking Deputy Director of SPD Office of Professional Accountability, Position Open Until Filled 

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The City of Seattle is recruiting a Deputy Director for the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA). OPA, for employment purposes is considered within the Police Department, but is an independent office. This position reports to the OPA Director who reports directly to the Mayor. In the absence of the OPA Director, the Deputy will represent OPA. The Deputy will help manage the overall mission of the OPA and therefore is essential to its success. The Deputy will play a key role in the operational effectiveness of OPA, with responsibility for helping to meet OPA’s timeliness and transparency goals, including data input and collection, analysis of trends and timelines, compilation of information for public reports, social media presence, public presentation materials and responsiveness to participants. The Deputy will have primary responsibility for implementation of new programs. In collaboration with the OPA Director, the Deputy will play a highly visible and integral role in expanding the OPA community outreach programs and in the research, development and implementation of best practices in police accountability. The OPA Deputy will review case files in collaboration with the Director and serve as Civilian Acting Director as necessary.

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Seattle Community Law Center Seeking Volunteer Student Advocate, Position Open Until Filled

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SCLC’s mission is to provided accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability.

The position will provide opportunity to engage with clients of diverse backgrounds through the intake process and varying levels of involvement in direct representation of clients under the supervision of a staff attorney. Staff and setting provide a fantastic place to further your education while impacting the community. Interns may engage in client interviews and counseling, problem solving, legal and factual research, discovery, and written and oral client centered advocacy.

For more information, click here.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) of Seattle Seeking Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs, Position Open Until Filled

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. KIND is dedicated to providing both pro bono representation and positive systemic changes in law and policy to benefit unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children.

KIND seeks a Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs to manage and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners in Seattle.

For more information, click here.

Immigration Center for Women and Children Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 8/31

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The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) seeks a full-time staff attorney in our Oakland office. ICWC is a non-profit legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented women and children in California.

The attorney will work with other attorneys and legal assistants. The attorney will be responsible for providing direct immigration legal services, outreach and education to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes.

For more information, click here.

Homebase Center for Common Concerns Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 8/31

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HomeBase, a non-profit public policy law firm focused on homelessness, seeks a full-time attorney to join our San Francisco-based team. HomeBase seeks an experienced individual who will work closely on site with staff in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally to support efforts to prevent and address homelessness.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting implementation of federal, state, and local programs to address homelessness, housing, and poverty.
  • Identifying the local gaps and assessing the needs of the homeless response system, and providing tailored content and processes to build the capacity of community-based organizations.
  • Guiding implementation of data-driven systems to measure performance, evaluate outcomes, identify cross-system usage trends, and develop policy solutions to address homelessness.
  • Training key stakeholders about best practices, program models, and regulations to educate and inform community-based decision-making processes.
  • Facilitating community-based strategic planning processes and engaging key stakeholders in efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
  • Creating tools for local and national audiences, including curricula, manuals, user guides, and other training and resource materials.

For more information, click here.

Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP Seeking Junior Associate at Employment Litigation Firm, Due 8/31

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We have an immediate opening for a highly qualified junior associate to join our plaintiffs’ employment practice.  The associate will be responsible for managing individual plaintiff’s cases and will participate in local and national worker’s rights class actions. Between working together with our attorneys, managing cases with federal and state agencies and collaborating with top plaintiffs’ employment firms around the country, the associate will gain experience in the full scope of employment law.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Working in the Bay Area? Join CPSL For Its Annual San Francisco Visit

Attention Law Students Interested in Working in Bay Area! Join the CPSL for our Annual San Francisco Public Service Employer Visit.  RSVP By December 8

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2015 SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SERVICE CITY VISIT: FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015

The  Center for Public Service Law has planned our fourth annual San Francisco  Public Service Law City Visit for Friday, January 16, 2014.  On that day we will visit four public interest/public service agencies – two in Oakland  and two in San Francisco.  This year we will visit a variety of  organizations including the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Ella Baker Center, the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), and one more site awaiting final confirmation.  Over the last several years UW Law students have taken this trip and visited different public service and public interest sites, receiving excellent exposure to public service law in San Francisco.

Who may attend?  UW law students.

Why attend? If you are interested in seeking summer positions in the San Francisco Bay Area or if you think you might practice public interest or public service law in the Bay Area after graduating then this is a great opportunity to get a sense of the lay of the land.  At each place we visit, the  organization will give us a brief presentation and then lawyers on staff will answer our questions.  Meeting the public service lawyers in these offices will help you to begin building relationships — which is vital to “breaking in” to a new community.  None of the employers we visit can guarantee our jobs for students, but students have created important connections and at least one secured an externship.  Two other organizations we have visited have welcomed collaborative projects with students or hosted Equal Justice  Works fellowship applications, based on us establishing relationships with them through the city visits.

What are the expenses? You must pay for your own airfare and lodging. On Friday we will provide lunch and public transportation fees.  Participants will be eligible for up to $150 reimbursement of documented travel expenses.

How to RSVP:  contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu if you are interested in attending or if you have additional questions.  Please do so by Monday, December 8 as  we will want to confirm a minimum number of participants in order to go forward with the trip.

Volunteer Opportunities with the WSBA Board of Governors, Due 12/30

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The WSBA Board of Governors (BOG) is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the following council and committees. Notice of BOG action will follow its January 2015 meeting.

  • Council on Public Legal Education — The Council on Public Legal Education brings together lawyers, judges, educators, and community representatives to promote public understanding of the law and civic rights and responsibilities. The Council meets two to three times per year and works through its committees. This is a three-year term.
  • Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee — The Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee meets quarterly to recommend policies for the agency’s appellate indigent defense, trial public defense, and parents’ representation programs, advise the agency on oversight of its programs, make recommendations regarding legislative positions and proposed rules, review budgetary matters, and consider appeals of billing decisions. This is a three-year term.
  • Washington Pattern Forms Committee — The Washington Pattern Forms Committee develops and maintains standardized forms for use in Washington state courts. The mandatory pattern forms and pattern forms cover several subject areas, such as: domestic relations, protection orders, guardianship, garnishment, juvenile court, misdemeanor judgment and sentencing, and felony judgment and sentencing forms. This is a four-year term.

For more information on these opportunities, click here.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés on or before Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, to WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Avenue #600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539; or email barleaders@wsba.org.

President Obama Announces Sweeping Immigration Reform, Says His Plan Is Lawful

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By Reuters, Newsweek

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans.

In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican critics who say his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action is tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants and urged them to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that the Republican-controled House of Representatives has blocked.

“Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it,” Obama said. “It’s been this way for decades. And for decades we haven’t done much about it.”

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A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates

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By Erik Eckholm and Ian Lovett, The New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Lorenza and German Artiga raised six children in a rent-controlled bungalow here, their only home since they moved from El Salvador 29 years ago.

So they were stunned this past summer when their landlord served them with eviction papers, claiming that their 12-year-old granddaughter Carolyn, whose mother was killed in a car crash in 2007, was an illegal occupant.

Up against a seasoned lawyer and bewildering paperwork, the couple, who speak little English and could never afford a lawyer, would very likely have been forced out of their home and the landlord could have raised the rent for new tenants.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

WSBA Pro Bono 101 Training: How To Be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate, Free CLE

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As part of our goal to enhance a culture of service within the WSBA membership, we are pleased to offer free CLE courses to volunteer attorneys who participate in WSBA Public Service Programs and provide pro bono assistance in their communities.

We are excited to announce WSBA Pro Bono 101: How to be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate, a CLE that will provide participants interested in volunteering with the tools, knowledge and strategies needed to successfully engage in pro bono and public service. We had over 750 members join us on October 9th for the original webcast and we’re excited to provide this as an A/V CLE through our Public Service Trainings page.

Volunteers must be authenticated to view any Public Service Trainings. To be authenticated, volunteers will need to email publicservice@wsba.org and include their name, bar number, and the name of the Qualified Legal Service Provider they are currently working with.

Zeid urges restraint, and determined effort to root out institutionalized discrimination in wake of U.S. Ferguson verdict

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By: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner For Human Rights in Geneva

“The Grand Jury’s decision not to charge a police officer who fatally shoot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has led to violent protests, including looting and arson. I urge all protestors to avoid violence and destruction in the wake of this decision, in accordance with the expressed wishes of Mr. Brown’s parents and with the law. People have the right to express their dismay and their disagreement with the Grand Jury’s verdict, but not to cause harm to others, or to their property, in the process.

Without knowing the details of the evidence laid before the Missouri Grand Jury – which in turn depends on the quality of the investigation into the killing of Michael Brown – I am not, at this point, able to comment on whether or not the verdict conforms with international human rights law.

Nevertheless, I am deeply concerned at the disproportionate number of young African Americans who die in encounters with police officers, as well as the disproportionate number of African Americans in U.S. prisons and the disproportionate number of African Americans on Death Row.

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