In 2011, I decided to put my knowledge on the law and procedure of international adjudicative bodies to the service of victims of human rights violations. I founded the International Human Rights Clinic at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (you can find the most recent annual report of the clinic here), which I am running these days with my colleague and former student Veronica Aragon.
You can find an interview where I tell the story of how I got the International Human Rights Clinic started and what we do here.
I am amazed by the quality and quantity of work we have done with the clinic students since then. In short, we are litigating dozens of cases before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and specialized United Nations human rights bodies (e.g., the Human Rights Committee, the Committee of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the Committee of the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights); have prepared amici curiae briefs for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and several domestic courts; prepared shadow reports for the United Nations Universal Periodic Review and the periodic reports on the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and we are half-way through a massive project to map law and practices on detention of irregular migrants in the Caribbean.
So far the themes I had the chance to do significant human rights work on include: extrajudicial executions and police brutality; arbitrary arrest and detention, including forced disappearance; refugee rights; rights of minors; rights of women; freedom of expression; right to participation in the conduct of public affairs; and the right to benefit from scientific research.
In 2014, I was given the Hidden Hero Award of the CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice for my work in the human rights field. Now I have a life-time to actually deserve it!