Upcoming Events and Deadlines
Congessional Human Rights Summer Series: Exploring Intersections of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
Tues., Jul. 2, 12:00pm, Rayburn House Office Building, Rm 2325
Human Rights in the US: A Free Training for Legal Aid Attorneys in Southern California
Thurs. Jul. 18, 2013, at UC Irvine Law, 401 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697
Human Rights Advocacy in the U.S.: A Training for Attorneys, Organizers and Other Public Interest Practitioners in the Greater Miami Area
Fri. Aug. 16 - Sat. Aug. 17, 2013, at University of Miami School of Law, 1311 Miller Road, Coral Gables, FL, 33146
Human Rights Webinar for Legal Aid: Focus on Immigrants' Rights
Fri. Aug. 23, 2013, from 11:30-12:30pm CT/12:30-1:30pm ET
Breaking Down Barriers to Enforcing Human Rights Law in the United States
By Jackie Zamarripa ’14
As I faced the 14-foot border wall in Brownsville, Texas, I realized how this divider is symbolic of the little progress we have made with immigration and border issues. Walls are outdated barriers that offer the impression of security and safety to its citizens by limiting entry of foreign objects and people. However, the border wall separating Mexico from the United States has stretches of mile-long gaps and represents a simplistic way of thinking to a more complicated problem. Looking at the wall from both sides tells a story of two very different societies. I witnessed the reality of low-income Texans in desperate need of legal help with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid this summer, and it has opened my eyes to an unbelievable and humbling experience.
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