SAIS International Human Rights Clinic

SAIS International Human Rights Clinic The SAIS International Human Rights Clinic is an application course through Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.
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The International Law and Organizations Program prepares graduates to work in human rights, the rule of law, post-conflict reconstruction, environmental cooperation, corporate social responsibility, protection of international investment, negotiation of international trade agreements and other areas handled by multilateral organizations and NGOs. ​ The program provides a working knowledge of the general principles of international law, multilateral organizations, and the particular regimes that govern international human rights, international arms control, the limits and use of military force, the law of the sea, regulation of the environment, international health problems, and investment and trade.

Mission: The SAIS International Human Rights Clinic is an application course through Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. This course is designed to teach students skills for careers in international human rights promotion and protection. These skills will be taught through the use of simulations, discussions, case studies and a team project. Each student taking the course has the opportunity to gain practical experience in international human rights through researching and working on a human rights report.

Check out our the latest blog post in our series!https://sais-ihrc.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2019/04/09/The-NAFTA-and...
04/09/2019
The NAFTA and NARCOS Cocktail: A Tangled Web for Policymakers | SAIS International Human Rights Clinic

Check out our the latest blog post in our series!

https://sais-ihrc.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2019/04/09/The-NAFTA-and-NARCOS-Cocktail-A-Tangled-Web-for-Policymakers?fbclid=IwAR3NMeH77NiO_ZsJWOXGe8lKrCMB4lIkMYbatYApv9-d4vRa3jZ2Sdq4Kbs

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was many things: a catalyst for regional cooperation, a boom for the avocado industry, and a clear win for the

Check out the first blog of our series written by Rachael Gamlin! Learn about how climate change is impacting women thro...
02/28/2019
Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier for Women in Mexico | SAIS International Human Rights Clinic

Check out the first blog of our series written by Rachael Gamlin! Learn about how climate change is impacting women throughout Mexico.

https://sais-ihrc.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2019/02/19/Climate-Change-as-a-Threat-Multiplier-for-Women-in-Mexico

By 2030, climate scientists have predicted that Mexico’s cropland suitability will have declined by 40 to 70 percent. By the end of the cen

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11/22/2018

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11/22/2018

SAIS International Human Rights Clinic

The IHRC 2018 report is now available, "No One Left Behind: A Study on the Intersection of Women's Rights and HIV/AIDS i...
05/15/2018
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The IHRC 2018 report is now available, "No One Left Behind: A Study on the Intersection of Women's Rights and HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

05/11/2018
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New blog post updated on our website! Read more about NGO Act and battling HIV in Uganda.

"The patriarchy subjugates women, people living with HIV/AIDS suffer from stigma and discrimination, and the government limits human rights defenders (HRDs) from fulfilling their natural roles in society. Uganda’s Non-governmental Organisations Act of 2016 (NGO Act) and The Public Order and Management Act of 2013 (POMA), among other legal barriers, obstruct HRDs from helping to meet the country’s many admirable commitments."

Read more here: https://sais-ihrc.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2018/05/12/Can-Uganda-End-HIVAIDS-While-Crippling-its-Human-Rights-Defenders

05/09/2018
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Check out the new post on our blog by Gheeeun Song on HIV criminalization in Uganda and its implications.

"The recently passed HIV Bill puts those implications into words by adding the language of “intentionality” and it will only aggravate the stigma that surrounds those living with HIV. There is increasing evidence that such laws will deter people from getting tested and accessing treatment due to fear of prosecution. In a patriarchal society such as Uganda, where more women are tested positive, 8.3 percent of women and 6.1 percent of men, women are more likely to face higher societal and economic risks when facing public trials or personal health information disclosures. The bill, as some NGOs have pointed out, “will impede the fight against AIDS”. For a country that has successively combatted HIV/AIDS for decades, this criminalization of the disease calls for concern as it could undo its accomplishments and worsen the lives of the already vulnerable population."

https://sais-ihrc.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2018/05/09/How-the-Ugandan-HIV-Bill-Can-Hinder-Livelihoods

Check out the latest blog post by Radhika Venkataraman on the legacy and current sensitization in Kasensero, the first H...
05/07/2018
Kasensero: The Town of Fishermen, Sex Workers, and Nothing Else. | SAIS International Human Rights Clinic

Check out the latest blog post by Radhika Venkataraman on the legacy and current sensitization in Kasensero, the first HIV case site.

"When the HIV/AIDS epidemic first broke out in 1982, in Kasensero, it was defaulted for witchcraft. Today, it is one of the most sensitized towns in all of Uganda. Men and women walk into clinics, without fear or humiliation...Where there are sex workers, there is gender-based violence (GBV). "

Find out more: https://sais-ihrc.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2018/05/07/Kasensero-The-Town-of-Fishermen-Sex-Workers-and-Nothing-Else

When the HIV/AIDS epidemic first broke out in 1982, in Kasensero, it was defaulted for witchcraft. Today, it is one of the most sensitized towns in all of Ugand...

190,000 children under the age of 14 are living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Only 35,500 receive AIDS treatment. In Uganda, ...
04/25/2018
Institutional Home – A Solution to Uganda’s Orphan Crisis? | SAIS International Human Rights Clinic

190,000 children under the age of 14 are living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Only 35,500 receive AIDS treatment. In Uganda, despite significant progress on curbing mother-to-child transmissions (MTCT), the number of children becoming newly infected with HIV remains unacceptably high. Besides, thousands more are indirectly affected by the impact of the AIDS epidemic on their parents and families. Children-headed households are on the rise. The loss of parental care due to HIV forces children to become breadwinners at a young age, further subjecting them to sexual exploitation and hazardous labor. To combat this dangerous situation, operations like Mana Rescue Home are providing nutrition, medication, counseling, schooling, and a loving home to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)...

Continue reading our new blog post by Yushuang Sun! https://sais-ihrc.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2018/04/24/Institutional-Home-%E2%80%93-A-Solution-to-Uganda%E2%80%99s-Orphan-Crisis

1.5 million people in Uganda are living with HIV. 190,000 of them are children between ages of 0-14. Only 35,500 receive AIDS treatment. These statistics became...

Check out the latest blog post by Aieshwarya Davis on the role of religion in combatting HIV/AIDS in Uganda! "There are ...
04/17/2018
Pray Away Illness? The Role of Faith in Overcoming HIV/AIDS | SAIS International Human Rights Clinic

Check out the latest blog post by Aieshwarya Davis on the role of religion in combatting HIV/AIDS in Uganda!

"There are certain factions of the Christian faith that urge their believers to in fact “pray away the AIDS” instead of acquiring treatment or being tested. Staging “testimonies,” misquoting the Bible and holding “healing” camps, Uganda’s newest faction of the “born again” Christians pose a significant threat to the years of hard work done by organizations in the HIV/AIDS community."

Read more at https://sais-ihrc.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2018/04/17/Pray-Away-Illness-The-Role-of-Faith-in-Overcoming-HIVAIDS

“Well, what can I say? It did happen, but we also ask them to go to the hospital.” This is the answer a representative of the Young Women’s Christian Associatio...

Read our newest blog post about public health education campaigns by our very own Eleanor Dickens! "After miles of fenci...
04/10/2018
Who’s Fronting the Bill for the ‘Boards? | SAIS International Human Rights Clinic

Read our newest blog post about public health education campaigns by our very own Eleanor Dickens!

"After miles of fencing along the roads in Kampala, out pops the composition of parliament and the electoral cycle painted on the fence for people to read. It details the importance of voting and the special groups represented in Parliament, such as women, workers, persons with disabilities, and youth. I was intrigued by the creativity in public education, so began to think. How does this form of public education relate to women living with HIV/AIDS? What are the creative ways that advocates and officials use billboards to combat HIV/AIDS-related issues? "

Who’s Fronting the Bill for the ‘Boards? Rights-based Education Through Billboards. After miles of blank fencing along the roads in Kampala out pops the composi...

Our new blog post on U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is published. This interesting piece is re...
03/09/2018
U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR): Impact and Challenges in an

Our new blog post on U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is published. This interesting piece is relevant to current U.S. politics and its impact in the HIV situation in Uganda. Check it out!

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the predominant program targeting HIV in Uganda. Proposed by P resident George W. Bus h in January 20...

Happy International Women's Day!In celebration, we wanted to share a meaningful moment we had. Our team had the opportun...
03/08/2018

Happy International Women's Day!
In celebration, we wanted to share a meaningful moment we had. Our team had the opportunity to meet some amazing experts at UGANET during our visit to Uganda. The organization works to end discrimination of HIV status people, promote women property rights, and provides access to justice by legal aid. It was encouraging to see their direct successes in assisting women.
#IWD2018 #humanrights #womenrights
Stay tuned for more blogs and updates from our trip!

UNAIDS
03/01/2018
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UNAIDS

Today is #zerodiscrimination day! We must challenge ourselves to recognize where everyday discrimination takes place and take action to stop it.

The team is working on the publication of policy recommendations, which aim to improve the human rights conditions of wo...
02/26/2018
Researching the Human Rights of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda

The team is working on the publication of policy recommendations, which aim to improve the human rights conditions of women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda

A group of nine students participated in a ten-day research trip in Uganda for this year’s International Human Rights Clinic, a capstone project under the International Law and Organizations Progra…

Why is women's economic empowerment important to Ugandan women? How does it relate to HIV/AIDS transmission? Find out no...
02/26/2018
Empowered and Vulnerable? Women’s Economic Empowerment and Gender-Based Violence in Uganda | SAIS International Human Rights Clinic

Why is women's economic empowerment important to Ugandan women? How does it relate to HIV/AIDS transmission? Find out now in the below link! More blogs from our SAIS IHRC researchers to come. #HIVAIDS #Uganda #economicempowerment

One remark that reverberated with me after our fact-finding trip to Uganda was made by a female police officer in Rakai, a town 180km south of Kampala close to ...

The clinic team just got back from their ten-day research trip to Uganda. This year the group focused on the human right...
02/18/2018

The clinic team just got back from their ten-day research trip to Uganda. This year the group focused on the human rights of women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Students engaged with various stakeholders operating at different levels including international organizations, Ugandan governmental bodies, relevant foreign embassies, regional and local non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, and the private sector.

In Kampala, the group visited macro-level institutions responsible for policy making and agenda setting. After 5 days, the group divided into two teams to observe the cities of Rakai and Fort Portal to conduct a rural-urban comparison. With the assistance of Rakai Health Sciences Program, students observed health clinics, engaged with the local police, and learned about commercial sex workers. In Fort Portal, the team observed a pop-up health clinic organized by FUEL Uganda to gain insight from their HIV/AIDS education program, outreach methods, and treatment procedures.

The field research helped students gain a comprehensive understanding of both the successes and challenges of combating HIV/AIDS in Uganda as well as the implications of the various human rights initiatives in place. The students are now analyzing the research and drafting the report, which will include relevant policy recommendations to improve the human rights conditions of women living with HIV/AIDS.

Thank you all for your wonderful support!

SAIS International Human Rights Clinic team has arrived in Kampala and had their first meeting with the ILO on how women...
01/17/2018

SAIS International Human Rights Clinic team has arrived in Kampala and had their first meeting with the ILO on how women with HIV are discriminated against in their workplace

Please visit our website to learn more about our 2017/2018 research topic. Click the blue donate button in the below lin...
12/13/2017
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The 2017 - 2018 SAIS International Human Rights Clinic team.

Members of SAIS International Human Right Clinic 2017/2018 - This year the team is conducting research on HIV/AIDS and W...
11/10/2017

Members of SAIS International Human Right Clinic 2017/2018 - This year the team is conducting research on HIV/AIDS and Women's Rights in Uganda

Late to Facebook but check out the report from this year's Clinic on their website!
07/10/2017
SAIS International Human Rights Clinic | Reports

Late to Facebook but check out the report from this year's Clinic on their website!

International Human Rights Clinic of Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

05/18/2017
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Peru forest defenders presentation at Amazon Watch office in Washington DC.

Interested in seeing the presentation of this year's Clinic findings? A video of the presentation is available below!
05/17/2017
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Interested in seeing the presentation of this year's Clinic findings? A video of the presentation is available below!

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Join us as we present our research findings on Kenya, Peru and Sri Lanka!
05/12/2017
They Protect the Forests. Who Protects Them?

Join us as we present our research findings on Kenya, Peru and Sri Lanka!

The Johns Hopkins SAIS International Human Rights Clinic students will host a roundtable discussion on their forthcoming report, "They Protect the Forests. Who Protects Them? The Intersection of Conservation, Development, and Human Rights of Forest Defenders." They will discuss lessons from Kenya, P...

MAY 18: Green Bag - They Protect the Forest. Who Protects Them? The Human Rights of Forest Defenders in Peru
05/12/2017
MAY 18: Green Bag - They Protect the Forest. Who Protects Them? The Human Rights of Forest Defenders in Peru

MAY 18: Green Bag - They Protect the Forest. Who Protects Them? The Human Rights of Forest Defenders in Peru

Forest defenders in Peru face a plethora of threats, stemming from the expansion of extractive industries of both logging and mining, as well as legal and regulatory issues at both the regional and national levels. In many instances, the problems facing EHRDS are not always easy to address; however,...

Want to check out the Clinic's research in Peru?  The Peru team will be presenting their findings before Amazon Watch ne...
05/12/2017
MAY 18: Green Bag - They Protect the Forest. Who Protects Them? The Human Rights of Forest Defenders in Peru

Want to check out the Clinic's research in Peru? The Peru team will be presenting their findings before Amazon Watch next Thursday, May 18th! Feel free to join, more information in the link!

Forest defenders in Peru face a plethora of threats, stemming from the expansion of extractive industries of both logging and mining, as well as legal and regulatory issues at both the regional and national levels. In many instances, the problems facing EHRDS are not always easy to address; however,...

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03/10/2017

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In honor of International Women's Day, it is more than apt to honor the courage and bravery of one woman, Berta Cáceres....
03/08/2017
Berta Cáceres: Family seeks justice

In honor of International Women's Day, it is more than apt to honor the courage and bravery of one woman, Berta Cáceres. This week marks the one year anniversary of her death and it is only appropriate that we acknowledge her activism and continue raising awareness of the plight of environmental activists around the world. She is one, among many, who fearlessly fight to protect the environment no matter the cost. We remember you today Berta - you embody today's celebration. #internationalwomensday

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/02/world/berta-caceres/

In one of the most dangerous countries in the world, Berta Caceres was killed fighting for the rights of indigenous people who were often displaced.

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