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Sociology PhD finds that immigration court system needs structural reform

Christopher Levesque is a graduate student working on the Immigration Court Observation Project, led by Linus Chan (Law) and Dr. Jack DeWaard (Sociology), which received a Human Rights Initiative grant. He is completing his PhD in Sociology with a focus on immigrant and refugee health. We sat down with him to discuss his research and work on the Immigration Court Observation Project.
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MHR Student Helps Provide New Tools for Activists and Advocates

Tonje Boerresen is second-year MHR student from Norway with a background in law. This summer she interned with the Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul. Working with their New Tactics Team, Tonje helped develop unique resources for advocates and activists within human rights designed to help them work on their own issues from their specific regions. Read Tonje's reflection on this fascinating work and how working with a large nonprofit organization such as CVT will help guide her in her professional career path. 
Raven protesting the US detention of immigrant minors at the Homestead Detention Facility.

On the Frontlines of Change

Raven Ziegler is a second-year Masters of Human Rights Student. This summer she worked as a tactical intern at Amnesty International USA​​​​​​​ in Washington D.C., conducting legislative and policy research on immigration in the United States, and helping to develop and edit several of AI's campaigns, initiatives and reports. Raven shared some of her relections on the experience in the write-up below. 
Ian Allen

Alum Studies Academic Partnerships between Global South & North

Ian Allen is a University of Minnesota Alumna who minored in Human Rights. He also worked at the Human Rights Program. Currently Ian is pursuing a PhD in Comparative and International Development Education and working at the College of Veterinary Medicine on a project called the One Health Workforce (OHW). In this interview, Ian tells us about his PhD track, and discusses how his studies in human rights applies to his current work.
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Principled Voice on Indigenous Peoples and the Environment

Kathleen Padulo, Environment Director for the Chiefs of Ontario, presented the 3rd Annual Scallen Lecture "Principled Voices: Indigenous Peoples Need a Say on the Environment" to a packed auditorium on October 22, 2019. Padulo spoke about Indigenous Peoples' intimate connection to land and water, traditional knowledge, and the absolute need for Indigenous Peoples and communities to have leadership roles and decision making power on environmental issues.
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MHR Student Works on Global Displacement Crises

Paul Olubayo is a second-year Masters of Human Rights Program Student. This summer, he interned with Refugees International in Washington D.C. conducting research and reports on a number of policies, as well as a summer-long project regarding global policies and initiatives to provide protection/assistance for individuals affected by displacement due to climate change. We asked him about his experience with them over the summer, and how it has impacted his view of the human rights field.

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