Meet the Students

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Monica

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“I am traveling to south central Uganda, where I will be working with a nonprofit and the Ugandan Christian University Law School to advocate for and provide legal support to victims of acid violence.

I am a rising 2L at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and an Arthur Russell Morgan Fellow at the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights.  I grew up in south central Pennsylvania, where I taught high school social studies.  Just prior to entering law school, I was helping to run a homeless shelter, Grace Place Catholic Worker House, in Cincinnati.  I have two grown daughters of whom I am very proud, and I have a wedding scheduled for later in 2017.  I am interested in human rights, social justice, and issues related to poverty.  While I have traveled extensively from the Atlantic to the Pacific, including Hawaii, this is my first trip outside of the United States.”

Patrick

Patrick's Photo.jpg“I’m Patrick, and I’ll be spending this summer in Gaborone, Botswana working under Unity Dow, a former High Court Judge and current Minister of Education and Skills Development. My pursuit of law was never a forgone conclusion; however, I ultimately chose this path to continue working on behalf of others. I was fortunate enough my senior year of undergrad to participate in an Academic Service Learning Semester in Managua, Nicaragua, where I lived in solidarity with a Nicaraguan family while taking classes and volunteering at a social services home qué tuani!). I returned to the Queen City to graduate from Xavier University (Go Muskies!), receiving a Major in History and Minors in both International Studies and Peace Studies. The following month I boarded a plane to Belize where I served the next twenty-seven months as a Community Health Educator for Peace Corps Belize (Sub Umbra Floreo). After all this, the Queen City called me back again – where I currently attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Through the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, I again have the opportunity to live, work, and learn abroad – this time, across the Atlantic.”

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Natalia

Natalia 2.jpg“I grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico and I went on to earn a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Masters of Science in Criminology from Florida State University. While studying criminology, I spent four months in Mexico conducting a qualitative research study on human trafficking and the non-governmental organizations involved in prevention and victim care. After completing my master’s degree, I spent nine months in Guatemala working with International Justice Mission (IJM), supporting police and prosecutors in the investigation of sexual assault cases.  I came to law school with the goal of practicing immigration law and providing legal assistance for women in situations of abuse. I am currently an Article Editor for the Human Rights Quarterly, the Vice President of the Latino Law Student Association, Treasurer for UC Law Women, and a Structured Study Group Leader for the incoming LLM students. As an Arthur Russell Morgan Fellow with the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, I will be traveling to the Dominican Republic to work as a Summer Legal Intern with IJM. I will be assisting the legal team as they pursue justice for victims of human trafficking.”

Caleb

Caleb.jpg“My name is Caleb, and I will be travelling to Bogotá, Colombia conducting human rights research in female prisons with the Pontifical Xavierian University (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana). I am an aspiring immigration lawyer with a concentration in human rights. I studied human rights in conjunction with political science during my undergraduate career at the University of Dayton and I continue to work as an advocate in protecting the human rights of all people. I am so excited, yet nervous, to begin my experience in South America. I have lived outside of the United States for a semester during college in Madrid, Spain, so I hope I can use what I learned from my first time abroad in helping me prepare for my next experience outside of the United States.”

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Brittany

Brittany Bio Photo.jpg“Hello! I’m Brittany and this summer I’ll be in sunny Madrid working as a research assistant to a law professor who is an expert in European Migration Law. I came to law school to be a tool for those who need an attorney. I hope to work in immigration and family law. No stranger to travel, I completed two semesters abroad one at Harlaxton College in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England and the other at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. Additionally, after graduating the University of Evansville (studying Spanish and International Studies), I spent a year teaching at Minerva Bilingual School in Gracias, Lempira, Honduras. This summer will be one of comparing and contrasting. I worked with AmeriCorps for 2 years with immigrant communities before coming to law school, so I will be constantly comparing European immigration policies to those in the US. Additionally, my experience in colonized lands (DR, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador), will be compared with the capital of the land of conquistadores (Spain). This summer will be enriching in many ways and I look forward to sharing my adventures with you. I also look forward to finally choosing between Barcelona and Real Madrid : ) Cheers!”

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Ronique

“Hallo from The Hague! My name is Ronique and I am currently working for the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon—located in South Holland—an international tribunal investigating and prosecuting those responsible for the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

I went to Gonzaga University in Washington State, where I earned my Bachelors in Economics and Political Science. Prior to law school, I worked with the Human Rights Education Institute in the Pacific Northwest, where I gave informative presentations on the global presence of modern day slavery and human trafficking. I was also involved with student groups at my undergraduate institution that promoted the prevention of human trafficking in the community.

I am a rising 2L and an Arthur Russell Morgan Fellow at the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights. As a 2L, I will be an Article Editor for the Human Rights Quarterly and will also be a staff member for the Domestic Violence and Civil Protection and Order Clinic.”

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