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Human Rights

Vermont Law School blog articles featuring stories and projects about human rights campaigns, issues, cases, and more. From stories on how VLS students are making changes in the human rights field of law to legal assistance volunteer projects helping asylumseekers, learn how VLS students and faculty are influencing the human rights world.

VLS’s Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) Moot Court Team represented VLS at the 26th Annual National NALSA Moot Court Competition at Arizona State University Law School in 2021.

November 16, 2016

Raising Sierra Leone

Born in Sierra Leone, educated in Norway and the U.S., Joseph Kaifala created the nonprofit Jeneba Project to rebuild schools and libraries in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea—an impoverished region whose educational infrastructure was destroyed with so much else during years of brutal conflict and civil war. Here, Kaifala is shown meeting with Bishop George Biguzzi at the dedication of the newly-constructed secondary school in Masoila, Sierra Leone. The Jeneba Project also promotes literacy and raises funds for scholastic supplies…


November 16​​​​​, 2016
A former U.S. Army helicopter pilot, VLS alum Carina Roselli sees a bigger fight environmental preservation.​

November 12, 2016
VLS alum Olga Kariyawasam's credentials​​ speak for themselves as her bilingual assets are in high demand in a globalized economy.​​​
November 8, 2016
VLS alum Shazia Khan is on a mission to provide a country with 55 million people without electricity the power they need.​​
November 4, 2016
Find out how Gretchen Oldham is uniting nations through her work as a professional support lawyer with Cleary Gottlieb Paris LLP.​
November 2, 2016
Vermont has been a safe haven for some 6,300 refugees who have settled here since 1989, including Daniel, who caught Erin Jacobsen JD'11's attention​.
September 28​, 2016
I​n her work and in her teaching, Stephanie Farrior has shown that the fight for social justice knows no boundaries.​​
June 24, 2016
Over spring break a group of VLS students volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project in Texas to provide legal assistance to asylum​-seeking mothers and children being held at detention centers by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.