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The Rapoport Center serves as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice.

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Faculty affiliate Denise Gilman wins major FOIA battle related to construction of Texas-Mexico border wall

UT Law clinical professor and Immigration Clinic co-director Denise Gilman won a major battle on March 14th in her lawsuit against the government seeking records relating to construction of the border wall along the Texas-Mexico border. A federal court in Washington, DC, ordered the government to provide unredacted records identifying landowners affected by construction of the wall across their properties. A federal law was passed in 2006 ordering the construction of reinforced fencing along the US-Mexico border, which mandated certain parameters for the fencing but left the specific placement of the fence up to the Department of Homeland Security. As part of her research on the human rights impact of the border wall, Gilman filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation in 2009 seeking records specifying where the government planned to build parts of the wall and what information it was using to reach decisions regarding wall placement. The federal government released thousands of documents to Gilman concerning the border wall but withheld the names and addresses of impacted landholders. The federal court ordered the release of this information after concluding that public interest in the wall's effect on landowners, including indigenous and Latino property owners, outweighed the privacy interests asserted by the government.

Congratulations, Denise!

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Summer Heat Kills Inmates in Prisons, and That Needs to Change
University of Texas KNOW
June 26, 2014
Every summer, the TDCJ subjects its prisoners to deadly temperature and humidity levels, and violates prisoners' human and constitutional rights and their rights to health, life and dignity.

Rapoport Center Administrator Billy Chandler Wins President's Outstanding Staff Award
Rapoport Center Press Release
May 7, 2014
The Outstanding Staff Awards Program recognizes UT Austin employees who have made outstanding contributions to the continuing success of the university.

Rapoport Center Announces its Summer & Fall Fellows for 2014
Rapoport Center Press Release
May 5, 2014
Eleven UT law students have been selected as Rapoport Center Fellows for this summer and fall.

Faculty affiliate Barbara Hines awarded the 2014 Tower Award for Outstanding Service-Learning Professor
April 29, 2014

Prisoners Dying from Human Rights Abuses in Texas Prisons
April 22, 2014
The Human Rights Clinic has released a report, Deadly Heat in Texas Prisons, that claims that conditions in TDCJ prisons violate the human rights of its inmates.

Rapoport Center Spring Colloquium Begins Feb. 3 with Counter-terrorism Talks
UT Law Press Release
January 31, 2013
The Rapoport Center announces the start to its Spring 2014 colloquium on "Comparing European and North American Approaches to Human Rights."

Visiting professors address treatment of immigrants across the world
The Daily Texan
January 29, 2013
Visiting professors painted sharply contrasting pictures of the treatment of undocumented workers in the U.S. and of immigrants in Argentina in two separate talks given Wednesday.

Faculty affiliate Shannon Speed receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native American Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
January 23, 2014

Faculty affiliate Stephen Sonnenberg receives Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association
January 17, 2014

Faculty affiliate Barbara Hines receives Pathfinder Award from the Travis County Women Lawyers' Association
January 15, 2014

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