Legal Aid tapped for Local Human Rights Lawyering Project

Maryland Legal Aid was selected by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law as a Project Partner for the Local Human Rights Lawyering Project.

“After an extensive search for Project Partners and a very difficult selection process, we believe Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. is truly committed to this project and is a good match to work alongside Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., our second Project Partner, to integrate human rights fully into your everyday work,” wrote Hadar Harris, executive director and Lauren E. Bartlett, project director. “We look forward to working closely with you over the next 18 months and beyond to help integrate human rights on the local level and to continue to secure basic human rights for the most vulnerable persons in the U.S.”

The center developed the Local Human Rights Lawyering Project to provide training, coaching and mentorship for legal aid attorneys to expand the promise of their mission by integrating a human rights framework into the daily work of legal services attorneys. This Ford Foundation-funded project expands on nearly ten years of work by the center, promoting human rights law in the U.S.

“Maryland Legal Aid is ecstatic to be chosen as one of the project partners for American Law School’s Local Human Rights Lawyering Project in what was a very selective application process,” said Legal Aid Chief Counsel Shawn Boehringer. “Staff will receive training and support on human rights from some of the brightest minds in the field, and our advocacy will be greatly enhanced because of it. Since the roll-out of our strategic plan in late 2009, we have made significant strides in educating our staff and others about human rights. When doing so adds value to the presentation of client cases to administrative agencies and courts, staff have begun to seize opportunities to use human rights arguments. We anticipate the partnership with American will take this effort to the next level and refine further how human rights jurisprudence can be used by advocates on the ground.”

To read American University’s press release, click here.

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