International Human Rights Clinic Projects 2015-2016

Legal Services to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Spring 2016

The growing and unprecedented levels of global displacement have exacerbated discrimination faced by migrants and refugees on account of their status as “foreigners.” In June 2016, the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance focused his report on the problem of xenophobia and the role of human rights in addressing it. Students of the International Human Rights Law Clinic devoted the Spring semester of 2016 to providing comprehensive legal research and analysis to support the Special Rapporteur’s drafting process. Students gained valuable professional experience by working directly with the Special Rapporteur and staff of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights experiencing firsthand the complexity of international norms.

Download the Special Rapporteur’s 2016 Report on Xenophobia to the UN Human Rights Council

Report on the Human Rights Concerns and Violations Arising from the Entanglement of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with Federal Civil Immigration Enforcement

In the Spring of 2016 students of the International Human Rights Clinic were commissioned by the Coalition ICE Out of LA to investigate and draft a report on the impact of the collaboration between the LA County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from a human rights perspective.  The entanglement of the LASD in federal civil immigration enforcement has impacted not only the individuals caught in the County’s criminal justice system, but also their families and the broader community.  Students analyzed the history of this entanglement arising from an interior enforcement strategy by ICE to commandeer the local criminal justice system to serve the ends of federal civil immigration enforcement. Students conducted interviews with detainees, former detainees, and their family members who were subjected to the most recent iterations of ICE’s interior enforcement strategy known as Secure Communities and the Priority Enforcement Program.  They also distributed surveys in the immigrant community to assess the impact of these programs.  Students uncovered human rights concerns and violations that impacted the due process and equal protection rights under international human rights law of immigrants in detention, as well as a negative impact on the immigrant community’s rights to safety, integrity of the family, and human dignity.  The report is in its final stages of review by the ICE Out of LA Coalition, and is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2016.