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The Rapoport Center Proudly Announces The Charles Moyer Summer Human Rights Fellowship


Beginning in 2012, one student each year from the University of Texas School of Law will be named the Charles Moyer Summer Human Rights Fellow, and will be awarded a stipend to serve as a legal intern with a non-governmental or intergovernmental human rights organization. The award will be administered by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Recipients will be selected based on their ability and commitment to pursue the Center's mission of promoting the economic and political enfranchisement of marginalized individuals and groups both locally and globally. The Charles Moyer Summer Human Rights Fellowship will be funded to underwrite internships at organizations with aims that fit the Center's mission.

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Alejandra Avila, the first recipient of The Charles Moyer Summer Human Rights Fellowship (2012)

The fellowship honors the life and work of Charles Moyer, whose professional career has been devoted to the international protection of human rights, and who was the first Secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is an autonomous judicial institution based in the city of San José, Costa Rica. Together with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, it makes up the human rights protection system of the Organization of American States (OAS), which serves to uphold and promote basic rights and freedoms in the Americas. The fellowship is made possible by the generous contribution of Scott Hendler of HendlerLaw, PC, an international plaintiffs' trial firm based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Hendler completed the first post-graduate internship at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in 1983-1984 under the supervision and guidance of then Secretary of the Court Charles Moyer.

Mr. Hendler established the fellowship to honor the guidance and influence his life-long friendship with Mr. Moyer has had on him by enabling law students to advance the goals and values to which Mr. Moyer has dedicated his life.

The Charles Moyer Summer Human Rights Fellowship will consist of a lump-sum award in the amount of $5,000. The stipend is meant to cover travel and expenses associated with the internship, which shall be for at least a ten-week period during the summer.

Congratulations go to first-year law student Alejandra Avila, who has been selected as the first Charles Moyer Summer Human Rights Fellow.