Human Rights Center News
Seiko Shastri ‘21 has been named a 2021 Robina Post-Graduate Fellow.
Ivania Galeano came to Minnesota Law from Honduras in 2020 to participate in our LL.M. program. Since graduating in May, she has returned to her native country to continue her work in human rights at the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Jessamine De Ocampo ’21 recently accepted a position as an associate attorney with EarthJustice’s Coal Program in New York City. As she prepares for the bar exam, she reflected on her time in Minnesota Law’s environmental & energy law program, what led her to EarthJustice, and her aspirations in the E&E field.
Why did you chose to come to Minnesota Law?
World Without Genocide, a St. Paul-based human rights organization, has awarded a Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowship in Human Rights to Sharie Cassioppi, 2L.
The fellowships provide financial support through World Without Genocide for work on core areas of human rights including research, policy development, and action at local, state, national, and international levels.
When Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin reached out to her research assistants and asked who would be interested in helping to develop a worldwide tracker of governmental responses to the COVID-19 outbreak, 2Ls Abby Oakland and Seiko Shastri jumped at the opportunity.
Kristin Trapp, 2L, recently had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of testifying before a committee of lawmakers on the merits of a constitutional amendment that she conceived of and helped draft.
Michelle Rodenburg, 3L, spent the summer as an intern for the Office of the International Co-Prosecutor in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). It was a rare opportunity to learn about international criminal law firsthand for the Human Rights Center fellow, who obtained the placement through her connection with the HRC.
Could you describe a little bit about your summer experience working in the courts in Cambodia?
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin has been admitted to the Royal Irish Academy.
The Royal Irish Academy, based in Dublin, is an independent academic body that promotes study and excellence in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
Please tell us about your Human Rights Lab project. What was the work and what was this experience like for you personally?
On Feb. 12, U.S. Immigration Judge Audrey Carr granted asylum to a Honduran woman who is a client of the Law School’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic.
While working as a transit police officer in Honduras, the client refused to accept bribes from gangs who sought to procure drivers licenses for their members and information about police operations. Because she refused to comply, the client was threatened by the gang and eventually she and her family were attacked by gunmen at their home. The client fears that if she returns to Honduras, she will be killed.