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Rapoport Center Announces 2010–2011 Human Rights Scholars

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Human Rights Scholars (left to right) Caroline Carter, Lydia Crafts Putnam, Stacy Cammarano, and Marion Armstrong

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas School of Law has named three students as Rapoport Center Human Rights Scholars for the 2010–2011 school year. Law students Marion Armstrong, Stacy Cammarano and Caroline Carter were selected by a committee of international law faculty on the basis of their academic credentials, leadership skills, and dedication to human rights work. Each of the students will receive a scholarship. In addition, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies (CWGS), affiliated to the UT College of Liberal Arts, has named Master's student Lydia Crafts Putnam as a CWGS-Rapoport Scholar. She will work along-side the scholars at the Rapoport Center.

The Human Rights and the CWGS-Rapoport Scholars will work with faculty and administrators affiliated with the Center to help coordinate many of the Center's current programs, including the new working paper series on human rights, the upcoming 2011 conference entitled "Aftershocks: Legacies of Conflict", and the Living Newspaper program affiliated with the UT Theater and Dance Department. They will also engage in human rights research and advocacy projects.

Marion Armstrong is a graduate of the Honors Program at the University of Alabama. She received her B.S. in International Marketing and Spanish in 2008. During college she served as the Youth and Education Chair at the university's Community Service Center. She studied Spanish in Xela, Guatemala through a service-learning program where she taught English and Art classes to local children. During her first year of law school, she worked with a team of law students researching and drafting an amicus brief for a case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. This past summer she worked on civil legal issues in the Home Protection and Consumer units at Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston.

Stacy Cammarano received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan with a minor in International Studies. She has been actively involved in human rights advocacy since 2002, when she joined Amnesty International. Stacy has worked with a range of nonprofit organizations in Colorado, Michigan, Ohio and Texas. In her first year of law school she co-wrote an amicus curiae brief to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding the arbitrary detention and torture of two ecologists in Mexico. She also volunteered to help victims of Hurricane Ike clear title to their land in order to repair their homes. In the summer of 2010 she supported impact litigation in foreclosure defense and consumer protection at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc in Toledo, Ohio. In addition to being a Human Rights Scholar, Stacy is also currently enrolled in the Human Rights Clinic.

Caroline Carter graduated from Princeton University in 2004 with a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. After graduation, she taught high school math at a foreign school in South Korea for a year. She then worked in East Timor for two years—first for the National Democratic Institute, an organization focused on strengthening democratic institutions, and later for the United Nations as part of the election team supporting the Timorese government in conducting its first national elections as an independent country. In the summer before law school, she returned to East Timor to work for a local NGO specialized in supporting and strengthening the judicial system. This past summer, she clerked at Baker Botts in Houston.

Lydia Crafts Putnam graduated from Williams College in 2004 with a B.A. in English. Since she graduated, she has worked as a journalist for newspapers, public radio, and magazines. In 2008, she received her certificate in documentary from the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies. Lydia also worked for the Texas After Violence Project, an Austin-based non-profit organization that conducts qualitative research on capital punishment and violent crime. She is currently working on her Master's at the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas School of Law serves as a focal point for critical discussion and policy analysis of human rights law and advocacy. The Center connects a community of students, practitioners, and academics engaged in the interdisciplinary study and practice of human rights that promotes the economic and political enfranchisement of marginalized individuals and groups both locally and globally.