Darnella Frazier: 2021 Human Rights Defender Award Recipient

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At the 2021 Human Rights Awards Dinner, The Advocates for Human Rights presented Darnella Frazier with a Human Rights Defender Award. Below are the remarks from Jim O’Neal, Chair of The Advocates’ Board of Directors, and Traci Bransford, Darnella’s pro bono counsel and an attorney with Stinson LLP. Jim O’Neal, Board Chair: I am here … Continue reading Darnella Frazier: 2021 Human Rights Defender Award Recipient

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies: A 2021 Don & Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award Winner

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The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) at UC Hastings College of the Law protects human rights by working in the intersections of gender and migration. Karen Musalo, the founding director of GGRS, served as the lead attorney in Matter of Kasinga. In this groundbreaking 1996 legal victory, she won protection for Fauziya Kassindja, a young woman from Togo. Ms. Kassindja had fled to the United States to escape female genital mutilation (FGM) and … Continue reading The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies: A 2021 Don & Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award Winner

Honoring Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE): A 2021 Recipient of the Don & Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award

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At the heart of human rights work lies a strong commitment to justice and an ability collaborate with community partners – two qualities which Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) champions. WAVE has been a long-time partner of The Advocates for Human Rights. A network based in Vienna, Austria, WAVE is dedicated to uplifting and protecting … Continue reading Honoring Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE): A 2021 Recipient of the Don & Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award

The Stinson Rapid Response Regulation Team: A 2021 Volunteer Award Recipient

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The Stinson Rapid Response Regulation Team consists of lawyers and paralegals from the Washington D.C. office of Stinson LLP. They have given invaluable help to The Advocates for Human Rights in protecting the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers. The team is headed by Harvey Reiter and Dennis Lane, two energetic, experienced, and highly motivated administrative law attorneys. Through Harvey’s position as chair of the working group on immigration for the newly formed Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, he has strategized with organizations like The … Continue reading The Stinson Rapid Response Regulation Team: A 2021 Volunteer Award Recipient

Scott Smith: 2021 Volunteer Award Recipient

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Photography by Bill Cameron.  Scott Smith has over 40 years of experience as a trial lawyer. In 2016, Scott joined The Advocates as a volunteer attorney and began representing clients by doing what he knows best: telling their stories. Over the years, Scott has given a voice to immigration detainees and labor trafficking victims by telling their stories and helping them navigate the complex U.S. immigration system. He works alongside interpreters, court observers, social service workers, and others to secure justice and freedom for The Advocates’ clients.   Scott shared … Continue reading Scott Smith: 2021 Volunteer Award Recipient

The Family at the Backbone of The Advocates: Celebrating Twenty-Six Years of Volunteering

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Photography by Bill Cameron.   They say family is everything and Robin Phillips’ family is a case in point. Not only has Robin, the Executive Director and fearless leader of The Advocates, been able to engage volunteers throughout the world in the efforts of The Advocates, she has also engaged her family members who have now become some of the organization’s most loyal, dedicated, and long-standing volunteers. Robin’s mother Dotty Bieurance and Robin’s sister Rhonda Phillips have been volunteering for The Advocates for twenty-six years.   When … Continue reading The Family at the Backbone of The Advocates: Celebrating Twenty-Six Years of Volunteering