Last week, the Columbia Law School Human Rights and Sexuality & Gender Law Clinics released “Human Rights and Domestic Violence: An Advocacy Manual,” which frames and reinforces an international human rights approach to domestic violence/gender-based violence advocacy and underscores the growing interest among domestic violence lawyers and advocates in international human rights law strategies to address client needs.

It covers classic domestic violence issues such as physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and child custody, but also human trafficking in the U.S., housing and forced evictions, genital mutilation, and domestic violence within the LGBT community.

Eight students (named below) from the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic researched and drafted the training manual, which offers guidance on how relevant human rights treaties, instruments, jurisprudence, and other sources may be useful for domestic violence advocacy.  It is divided into seven chapters, and aims to serve as a quick reference for busy legal services lawyers and advocates. The manual will facilitate conversations about the relevance of international human rights law to everyday domestic violence advocacy, and help advocates choose the best strategy for their clients, cases, initiatives, and campaigns.

The work was supervised by Carrie Bettinger-Lopez & Suzanne Goldberg, directors, respectively of the Human Rights and Sexuality & Gender Law clinics.

Columbia Human Rights Clinic student/authors:
Zarizana Abdul Aziz
Esha Bhandari
Alice Izumo
Kathrin Rüegg
Kate Stinson

Columbia Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic student/authors:

Harriet Antczak
Caitlin Boyce
Seung Jae Lee
Sarah Morris


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