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Congratulations to the UC Human Rights & John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellows

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Apr 21, 2014

Professor Anupam Chander, Director of the California International Law Center (CILC), just announced the 2014 UC Human Rights & John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellows. Congratulations to the new fellows!


The California International Law Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 UC Human Rights Fellowships and John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships.


Two grants of $4,500 each to support work in human rights have been awarded to:

Roxanne Strohmeier ’16 | American Civil Liberties Union: Reproductive Freedom Project, New York

Ms. Strohmeier will be working as a legal intern for the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Reproductive Freedom Project. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Reproductive Freedom Project strives to ensure access to abortion services, comprehensive sex education, affordable contraception, and to protect the rights of marginalized women to continue their pregnancies. The ACLU participates in significant cases in federal and state courts. Ms. Strohmeier will be assisting in all aspects of litigation, including: conducting legal and policy research; drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs; researching prospects for new litigation; and supporting research and drafting of materials for public education.

Anita Barooni ’16 | Foundation Against the Violation of Law (FAVL), Armenia

Ms. Barooni will be working with the Foundation Against the Violation of Law (FAVL). FAVL is an Armenia based non-governmental organization working to promote and protect fundamental human rights and freedoms. She will be assisting with the preparation of FAVL’s 2014 Human Rights Status report. Ms. Barooni’s research will focus on access to justice in four key areas: labor rights, property rights, women’s rights, and prison torture. She will be examining the following questions: what statutes exist to define and protect these rights? What are the established procedures for enforcement? How many cases have been brought under these statues? And what were the outcomes of such litigation? This report will be used to inform FAVL’s future litigation, legislative advocacy, and community education.


Two grants of $5,000 each to support work in public interest law have been awarded to:

Bianca Duenas ’16 | Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Outreach Campaign, Davis

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Outreach Campaign aims to educate rural communities of immigrants in Northern California on the recent DACA program. Deferred Action is a form of prosecutorial discretion that provides a work permit and relief from removal for two years to certain eligible undocumented individuals. Working closely with community workers, churches, and educational institutions, Ms. Duenas will be assisting the Campaign with its presentations, workshops, and consultations to inform immigrants of the benefits of DACA, eligibility requirements, and how to overcome potential bars to DACA. Initiated by Ms. Duenas, the DACA Outreach Campaign is a collaborative effort between the UC Davis Immigration Clinic and California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLA Foundation).

Hope Alley ’16 | Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California, Sacramento

Ms. Alley will be spending the summer with the Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California. The Federal Defenders provide legal representation to indigent clients in federal, criminal, and related proceedings. Federal defenders handle a wide array of cases ranging from appeals to capital habeas claims. Many of the Federal Defenders’ clients are individuals who suffer from mental health, substance abuse, illiteracy, and past criminal histories. Ms. Alley will be working closely with attorneys of the Office of the Federal Defenders to advocate for and safeguard the rights of indigent individuals.

The 2014 fellows will be recognized at the upcoming Public Service Graduation on Friday, April 25, 2014. The California International Law Center would like to thank members of the Fellowship Selection Committee: Law Professor Karima Bennoune, Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas Almerindo Ojeda, and Career Services Associate Director Kirsten Hill, and all applicants and their inspiring endeavors.

Please join us in congratulating the 2014 fellowship recipients!

Best Regards,

Anupam Chander


California International Law Center (CILC)