Celebrating Carrie Brasser: A 2021 Volunteer Award Recipient

Photography by Bill Cameron.  Carrie Brasser, a Minneapolis-based lawyer, is an inspiring volunteer for The Advocates for Human Rights who helps to make the organization’s work possible. Brasser began volunteering for The Advocates in 2018 and has been an enthusiastic volunteer since. Over the past three years, Brasser has participated in several projects for The Advocates, including representing clients in several asylum and immigration cases, traveling to Geneva as a member of the 2019 United Nations Study-Advocacy team, and participating in remote international advocacy in 2020 to brief members of … Continue reading Celebrating Carrie Brasser: A 2021 Volunteer Award Recipient

Once an Advocate, Always an Advocate: Patrick Finnegan

In the winter of 2004, Patrick Finnegan’s first-time volunteering with The Advocates as an interpreter was off to a rough start. “I managed to get myself into a fender bender on the way there,” Patrick remembers. “Worse, it was my error… The lawyer almost had to call for another interpreter.” Thankfully, he made it. The … Continue reading Once an Advocate, Always an Advocate: Patrick Finnegan

New Volunteer Opportunities at The Advocates

Interested in getting involved with The Advocates? We have two new exciting volunteer opportunities available! Check them out below: Volunteer Opportunity: Call for Artist-mentors  Our LGBTQ+ clients face unique challenges regarding safety and security, housing, employment, and social integration, in addition to the trauma they face from having fled persecution in their home countries. Research and experience show that the arts play … Continue reading New Volunteer Opportunities at The Advocates

A Day in the Life of an International Justice Program Intern: Learning About LGBTI Rights, Systemic Racism, and More

Sarah Borden took a break from her studies at Yale to intern with The Advocates' International Justice Program. Read about her experience here.

New Year, Renewed Hope

In ancient Roman religion and myth, the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, frames, and ending is known as Janus. Janus is typically depicted as having two faces, looking to the future and to the past.   Janus, or what Janus represents, is no doubt on the minds of many as we close out one year and begin another. As we reflect on the … Continue reading New Year, Renewed Hope

Asylum Seeker Encourages Pro Bono Attorneys, “We Can Do It.”

Mrs. A and her husband with Professor Steve Meili and other members of the U of M legal team in November 2019 “We are not afraid anymore.” states Mrs. A, a client at The Advocates for Human Rights, who along with her husband and two children, recently received an asylum grant after four long years … Continue reading Asylum Seeker Encourages Pro Bono Attorneys, “We Can Do It.”