The California Institution for Women Think Tank (CIW) Memorandum
In collaboration with the Professor Bryonn Bain and the UCLA Prison Education Program, clinic students during the fall 2016 semester traveled twice a month to CIW to meet with the CIW Think Tank in order to develop a memorandum addressing human rights violations. Clinic students then conducted interviews with community partners and other stakeholders, and also conducted secondary research on Los Angeles' reentry landscape and the applicable international human rights standards. The clinic students pursued an intersectional approach to evaluating the needs and concerns of women reentering Los Angeles and identified steps the Mayor's Office of Reentry and other public actors in Los Angeles must take to fulfill the human rights to housing and employment of reentering women.
Memo forthcoming fall 2018.
Right of Indigenous Peoples to Free, Prior, and Informed Consultation and Consent—Consultancy for the Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) - Expert Brief
On the night of March 2, 2016, Berta Cáceres, the Indigenous leader of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH) was assassinated on account of her leading role in opposition to the construction of a hydroelectric dam in the Lenca territory of Rio Blanco. COPINH and the Lenca community of Rio Blanco, in their ongoing struggle against the dam, asked the clinic to prepare an expert brief on the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). The right to consultation and FPIC forms part of the evolving international human rights framework for indigenous rights. Clinic students researched the emerging contours of the right and its application in different case studies around the world and in the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court for Human Rights. They then applied the applicable standards to the case of Rio Blanco and the Honduran state's concession of water rights and environmental licenses in violation of the right. The brief was submitted in conjunction with litigation by COPINH in the Honduran Supreme Court.
Expert Brief (Spanish)
Morales v. Honduras – IACHR petition in Collaboration with the Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación (ERIC) (Team for Reflection, Research and Communication – ERIC) of El Progreso, Honduras
Clinic students assisted with the legal research and drafting of a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for José Isabel Morales, also known as "Chabelo," who has become a symbol of the criminalization of peasant farmers and recognized as a political prisoner in Honduras. After spending 6 years, 9 months and 7 days in jail for trumped-up charges lacking foundation, attorneys with the human rights division of the Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación (ERIC) collaborated with clinic students to file the IACHR petition in November of 2016 for violation of his rights to liberty, personal integrity, and due process. The petition is currently pending before the IACHR.
Under rules of the IACHR, the petition is confidential while pending.