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International Human Rights

Clinical Professor Chi Mgbako discusses the important work of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic.

Become a human rights defender.

The Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic will train you to become a strategic, reflective, and creative social justice advocate.

The clinic works in partnership with grassroots justice organizations on projects focused on women's rights and gender justice, sex workers' rights, criminal justice reform, legal empowerment, and LGBT rights.

The IHRC has worked on numerous projects, including shadow reports to international human rights bodies documenting abuses against African sex workers; claims to the United Nations on behalf of arbitrarily detained prisoners; human rights trainings on women and HIV/AIDS, LGBT refugee rights, and female genital cutting; human rights reports on police abuse of marginalized communities, employment discrimination against transgender people, and access to safe abortion; legal research for public interest lawsuits challenging the forced HIV testing of sex workers; mobile legal aid clinics in rural communities in Malawi; and consultancy work for community-based paralegal programs.

Founded and led by Professor Chi Adanna Mgbako, a celebrated human rights advocate and scholar, the Clinic employs a range of advocacy methods, including legal and policy analysis, human rights trainings, public interest lawsuits,and submissions before human rights bodies.