How I Spent My Summer Saving* the World

How I Spent My Summer Saving* the World

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | King Hall Room 1303 | 12:00 PM

The California International Law Center (CILC) is delighted to announce two exciting fellowship competitions for King Hall students this summer: the 2014 UC Human Rights Fellowship and the 2014 John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship.

Please join us in room 2013 at noon to learn more about the application process and insights of past fellowship winners.

2013 UC Human Rights Fellows

Imron BhattiImron Bhatti ’14 | Accountability Counsel in Delhi, India

Mr. Bhatti will be working with San Francisco-based non-profit Accountability Counsel, supporting their case work and policy advocacy in India. This project will focus on assisting Indian communities affected by human rights and environmental impacts of internationally financed agribusiness, infrastructure, and resource extraction projects. Mr. Bhatti will build community capacity to effectively access accountability mechanisms while supporting policy advocacy to ensure that these mechanisms are accessible, transparent, and fair tools for justice.

Anita MukherjiAnita Mukherji ’14 | East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, San Francisco

As an intern at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant in Berkeley, Ms. Mukherji will participate in all stages of representation for affirmative asylum applicants, culminating in representing them at the San Francisco Asylum Office. Her caseload will include a diverse range of clients from around the world who are fleeing persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. East Bay Sanctuary Covenant addresses urgent public interest and human rights issues by providing pro bono representation to low-income and indigent immigrants and refugees so that they are not placed in removal proceedings, and are given a pathway to citizenship.

2013 John Paul Steven Public Interest Fellows

Elizabeth BallartElizabeth Ballart ’14 | Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

In partnership with the Disability Rights Program of the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC), Ms. Ballart’s project will address the needs of low-income workers with hidden disabilities for reasonable accommodations. Despite federal and state anti-discrimination laws, people with disabilities represent the poorest minority in the nation and California, and they face persistent discrimination in the workplace. Workers with hidden disabilities like cancer, diabetes, and psychiatric disorders encounter particular challenges when they seek necessary and often modest reasonable accommodations at their jobs. To empower workers with hidden disabilities, Ms. Ballart will create and disseminate self-advocacy materials and provide direct legal services to workers with disabilities through LAS-ELC’s Workers’ Rights Clinic and represent workers at administrative hearings.