Notre Dame Law School | January 13, 2019
A group of five Notre Dame Law students had the opportunity to attend a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights last month in Washington, D.C.
The hearing on December 5 examined the situation of human rights defenders and migrants in the United States. The IACHR is an independent body of the Organization of American States. The commission’s mandate is to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region.
Professor Alejandra Gonza, a visiting scholar who spent the fall semester at Notre Dame Law School, and several prominent immigrant defenders from throughout the country testified at the hearing. The United Nations and the IACHR have expressed concern about U.S. actions against immigrant leaders and called for the adoption of measures to ensure that human rights defenders can work without the threat of retaliation.
The team of Notre Dame Law students helped Gonza prepare for the hearing and accompanied her to Washington, D.C.
The five students are Alyssa Slaimen and Lara Thiele, both of whom are third-year students in the Law School’s J.D. program, Gastón Frederico Blasi and Iuliia Emtseva of the LL.M. Program in International Human Rights, and Irish exchange student Aisling Carberry. All five students took Gonza’s course, International Human Rights Advocacy, in the fall semester.
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