Today we have an audio recording from Blaine Bookey, a former legal fellow of IJDH and the BAI, who after experiencing August 23rd’s earthquake from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, immediately thought of the huge contrast it had in comparison to the devastating effects of Haiti’s earthquake over a year ago. While the August 23rd earthquake registered at 5.8 on the Richter scale in comparison to the 7.0 magnitude of Haiti’s earthquake in January 2010, Blaine still alludes to the importance of adherence to the rule of law in Haiti, and the ability of the Haitian government to prevent and respond to large-scale disasters.
Blaine is a long time intern and volunteer with IJDH and the BAI. As the organizations’ 2009-2010 legal fellow, she helped launch the Rape Accountability and Prevention Project (RAPP). After finishing her federal appellate clerkship later this month, she will continue to collaborate on the RAPP as a Staff Attorney at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.