International Human Rights Clinic
-- CLINIC STUDENTS SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENT SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
USC Gould students Rosemary DiPietrantonio, '14, Jennifer Ehrlich, '13, Lisa Foutch, '13, Joel Frost-Tift, '14 and Michelle Shaffie, '13, received notice that two of their clients successfully obtained visas as survivors of human trafficking. Working with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, the students worked with clients from the Philippines and Mexico to help them apply for the visas, which allow them to live and work lawfully in the United States, along with their families.
"I grew up hearing stories of the Holocaust and was instructed often of my special responsibility... not to ignore, and thereby allow, similar crimes committed in my time. This clinic gives me an opportunity to do work in which I strongly believe."
- Brian Rifkin,'11
USC Gould School of Law graduate Brian Rifkin '11 has accepted a competitive one-year fellowship working with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Chambers in The Hague. Rifkin, who starts his new job this summer, will work as a law clerk in Tribunal President David Baragwanath's office, assisting appeals judges with legal research, writing and analysis and monitoring developments in international law. He may also work on reports to the United Nations Security Council as well as be involved with diplomatic consultations.
USC Gould's International Human Rights Clinic is adding a variety of domestic work to its legal docket, including representing human trafficking survivors, working with the U.S. Department of Justice and providing legal analysis for a Supreme Court case. It is also expanding its global reach through a new partnership with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon--the first to try terrorism as an international crime and the first with respect to the Middle East.
ROSE DIPEITRANTONIO, '14 FILES CASE ON BEHALF OF SURVIVOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
One of my first assignments in the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) this past summer was to work with a client who was trafficked into the United States. Her story was heart breaking. She was forced into slave labor in Los Angeles and later became a victim of domestic violence.
Clinic students work on cases involving some of history's worst international crimes: the Cambodian Killing Fields of the 1970s; the Rwandan genocide of 1994; and atrocities committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
Current Cases & Projects
International Criminal Tribunal Partnerships (assist with research and drafting in cases trying perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and terrorism):
- International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands
- Extraordinary Chambers in Courts of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Leidschendam, The Netherlands
- Human Trafficking cases: represent survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence in partnership with Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
- International Criminal Tribunal Partnerships (assist with research and drafting in cases trying perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and terrorism):
Clinic Director: Professor Hannah Garry
Professor Hannah Garry joined USC law faculty in the fall of 2010. She arrived from University of Colorado Law, where she was visiting faculty and taught international law courses as well as initiated an experiential learning course supervising students on Guantanamo and Alien Tort Statute cases. Garry has worked on international human rights and international criminal law issues since 1994 with a number of organizations including Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre; Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; the International Criminal Court; the UN International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; the European Court of Human Rights; and the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights). She has experience in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Garry has also spoken and written widely on protection of refugee rights in Africa under national and international law; protection of refugee rights under the European Convention on Human Rights; asylum law and policy within the European Union; state responsibility and compensation for refugee flows under international law; victims' rights and restorative justice in international criminal law; corporate criminal and social responsibility under international law; and international criminal procedure.
The International Human Rights Clinic gives students the opportunity to work on projects and cases, both local and international, which confront the most pressing human rights concerns of our day. Under the supervision of Clinic Director Professor Hannah Garry, students seek justice on behalf of victims, hold perpetrators of serious human rights abuses accountable and work towards progressive development of the law. Through this experience, students acquire knowledge and skills for effective international lawyering and human rights advocacy while supporting the critical work of human rights advocates and organizations worldwide.
• Department of Justice, Human Rights and Special Prosecution Section, Washington D.C.
• Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Cambodia
• International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, The Hague, The Netherlands
• International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha, Tanzania
• Special Tribunal for Lebanon
• International Criminal Court