Envisioning Human Rights: The UDHR Photo Project

The first theme of the competition was Article I of the UDHR: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”  

Thank you to everyone who participated this past spring! In its first quarter, the competition received submissions from JD students, LLM students and WCL faculty, featuring scenes from countries around the world, including Kenya, Thailand, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, among others. Center Co-Director and WCL Professor Rick Wilson served as the first Guest Judge. 

Announcing the Winner of the Spring 2012 UDHR Photo Project Competition

The Center is pleased to announce the winner of the first UDHR Photo Project competition: Congratulations to recent WCL graduate Carolina Rizzo (J.D. ’12) whose winning photo (shown left) is titled "Washed of their Identities: The Denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian Descent."

Carolina took the winning photo while conducting interviews in batey Consuelito, one of many low-income communities on the outskirts of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  In March 2012, Carolina traveled to the Dominican Republic with a group of law students as part of WCL’s annual Alternative Spring Break. During the week-long trip, the group worked with Jesuit Refugees and Migrants Service and Centro Bonó to conduct interviews and help document cases of Dominicans of Haitian descent whose identity documents were denied pursuant to new constitutional provisions mandating denial of citizenship to all children born in the Dominican Republic to Haitian migrants in the last year.  The interviews conducted by Carolina and her law school classmates will aid their local NGO partner in its impact litigation project to eliminate discrimination against Dominicans of Haitian descent. Learn more about the struggle for citizenship rights in the Dominican Republic. 

Originally from Uruguay, Carolina (shown right) has always been passionate about human rights and social justice issues. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, she majored in International Relations and Human Rights, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. At WCL, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Arbitration Brief, a blogger for the Intellectual Property Brief, and a Student Attorney in the International Human Rights Law Clinic.