Over their spring break, a delegation of 9 students from UC Hastings College of the Law went to Haiti to support Haiti’s legal education system and engage in human rights advocacy. The trip was led by IJDH’s own Nicole Phillips, along with another Hastings professor. Among the activities during the trip, the Hastings students learned from BAI about the cholera case and BAI’s response to rapes of poor women and girls. As Mildred Aristide pointed out about trips like these: “Aid can only go so far. Training partnerships are more effective and are what’s needed.”
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Not Your Typical Spring Break
The Hastings to Haiti Partnership Delegation spent the week engaging with Haitian law students and legal organizations.
UC Hastings College of the Law
March 30, 2015
“For many, Haiti evokes images of devastation and poverty,” wrote 3L Jessica Huang in an email after returning from spring break.
“But to me, Haiti represents perseverance. It is a country of great joy, even in the face of unyielding hardship.” Huang has been to Haiti three times, twice as a student leader for HHP. Each time she said she finds it “overwhelming and exciting.”
Huang and seven other students were selected to go on the nine-day trip to Port-au-Prince and Jérémie, led by Professor Nicole Phillips and accompanied by Professor Richard Boswell, who established the partnership with Professor Karen Musalo in the late 1990s. The purpose of the delegation, which raises its own travel funds, is to support the country’s legal education system and engage in human rights advocacy.On the nearly annual trips, students visit École Supérieure Catholique de Droit de Jérémie (ESCDROJ), the only law school in Haiti dedicated to preparing students to serve the public interest.
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