Envisioning Human Rights: The UDHR Photo Project

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."

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.”  

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.

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. 


Winner of the Fall 2012 UDHR Photo Project Competition

The Center is pleased to announce the winner of the second UDHR Photo Project competition: Congratulations to Lejla Hasanovic, whose winning photo (shown left) is titled "In Front of Our Doors: Homelessness in DC. "

The second theme of the competition was Article 25 of the UDHR:"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” Award-winning photojournalist Betsy Karel served as this quarter's Guest Judge.

Ms. Hasanovic (right) is an International Visiting Scholar at WCL and is sponsored by the Fulbright Program. Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, she is currently working on her thesis in Private International Law. Ms. Hasanovic started her professional career as an Associate for the law firm Maric & Co, and she is also an Advisor on the Legal Professions for the Fetzer Institute, which supports projects related to human rights around the world. Upon her return to Bosnia, she would like to continue to work on human rights projects as a legal practitioner.

Ms. Hasanovic took the winning photo during her first weeks in DC. She was surprised that there are so many homeless persons in DC, living on the streets, sleeping on the sidewalks, and begging for money when there are so many international organizations that operate in DC and that focus on human rights issues. Ms. Hasanovic was motivated to take this picture because homeless persons in DC are a vulnerable group, and she calls on human rights activists in DC and the Government to pay more attention to these people and their needs.