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Law student awarded fellowship for women's justice

May 3, 2013

First-year Loyola University New Orleans College of Law student Sophia Mire is the recipient of the 2013 Helena Rubenstein Fellowship for Women’s Justice, given by the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. The Rubenstein fellowship is made possible by the Helena Rubenstein Foundation and is given to a law student with a strong commitment to public interest law and advancing women’s justice.

Mire will serve as an Ella Baker fellow under the Rubenstein program as an intern in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with the Avocates Internationaux / Institute for Justice and Democracy, the premier human rights legal organization in the country. Her work will consist of pursing legal remedies for the country following the cholera epidemic, continuing rape accountability efforts in the internally displaced camps, and efforts for right to health care in prison facilities.

Mire is no stranger to public interest. Since 2000, she has been an executive board member of the Haiti Outreach Program in Knoxville, Tenn. She also interned with the International Rescue Committee where she co-taught daily English, vocational and life skills classes for 35 to 50 refugees from Burma, Nepal, Sudan, Somalia, Haiti and the Middle East.

She also served as intern to the U.N. Special Envoy Office to Haiti for the William. J. Clinton Foundation in 2010. There she provided written and verbal communications and talking points for President Clinton, as well as scheduled, assisted and co-led meetings with established international partners and high-profile donors, such the World Food Programme, United Nations Development Programmme and TOMS shoes.

The Center for Constitutional Rights created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. The program uses a combination of theory and practice to train talented and committed law students on how to work alongside social movements, community organizations and impacted individuals. Through the program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering.

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