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Rapoport Summer Fellows 2007

Rachel Belkin will work at the World Organization for Human Rights USA in Washington , D.C. She will be working in the Refugee Rights practice area, helping to prepare asylum petitions for refugee women fleeing gender-based violence and assisting with appellate litigation on gender-based asylum related issues.

Michelle Garza will work with the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She will be working with several law students and faculty from the law school on drafting an anti-discrimination proposal to be presented to Congress that aims to protect Afro-Colombians from the pervasive racism they encounter in various sectors, across the country. In addition, she will be researching for and helping to create a Web site based on the public interest work of Grupo de Derecho de Interes Publico of la Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de los Andes.

Kari Erickson will spend her summer with the Kurdish Human Rights Project in London . She will work with this organization to help prosecute human rights violations that occur in the Kurdish regions of Iran , Iraq , Turkey and Syria , and will work particularly with the OSCE, the European Court of Human Rights and relevant branches of the UN to bring relief to these areas.

Brett Kaufman will work at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José , Costa Rica . He will be assisting the Court by researching human rights issues throughout Latin America and analyzing cases currently before the Court.

Hannah Robertson will work at the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas on Border Justice and Immigrants' Legal Rights. Her work will focus on challenging the conditions of confinement of detained immigrants and children, as well as investigating reports of law enforcement abuse and challenging the constitutionality of local anti-immigration ordinances.

Raegen Rogers will be working with the Legislative Assembly in Costa Rica accessing the effects of the Central American Free Trade Agreement and proposing policy recommendations for the successful implementation of the trade agreement in regard to the poorest sector of the economy. Before coming to law school, she taught English at various businesses in San Jose , Costa Rica , and spent two summer working to better living conditions for an indigenous group in Suriname , South America . She is on the Human Rights Law Society Board and a member of the Women's Law Caucus.

Anne Shapere will travel to Cambodia to assist with community legal education efforts, child labor law, and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal with the organization Bridges Across Borders. She will provide legal outreach services to the some of Cambodia 's poorest people: the inhabitants of the Stung Meanchey landfill.

Christie Turner, ‘08, will work with the Washington , DC office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the portion of UNHCR that oversees U.S. implementation of international protocols relating to the protection of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Christie has interned this year as a Baron and Budd fellow at the Political Asylum Project of Austin. She has also participated in the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic and was a TLF recipient for immigration work at Catholic Charities last summer.

Read about the 2008 summer fellows, 2006 summer fellows and the 2005 summer fellows , or learn more about the Rapoport Summer Fellowships.