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Impact of Human Rights Fellowship Experiences - 2009


Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellows work for human rights in diverse locales, and among diverse populations, during the course of their fellowships.  But this important work does not end as the fellows return to school or to their normal lives.  When they return, the fellows bring what they have learned through their fellowship experiences back to their communities.  Worthy experiences abroad often produce added value at home. 

Our fellows have returned to their communities to focus on a number human rights issues, including the following:  advocate for asylum seekers who have been victims of domestic abuse; fight for the right to life and health on behalf of the impoverished; work for human rights for children born with severe disabilities; build human rights programs in Africa; incorporate human right into local high school curricula; push for improved social services for children living in poverty; and advocate for the rights of immigrant farm workers.


The Human Rights Center would like to thank 2009 Upper Midwest Human
Rights Fellows, Timothy Meyer, Graham Ojala-Barbour, and Jordan Shepherd,
who worked hard to interview and write these 2009 Fellow Impact Stories.

2009 Fellow Impacts

Sean Burke -
"Human Rights Fellow Burke: Fighting Homelessness Beyond the Hurricane"

Mory Keita -
"Bremer Human Rights Fellow Keita: Providing for the Basic Needs of Refugees in Senegal"

Graham Ojala-Barbour -
"Human Rights Fellow Works with Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota"
Tyler Simmons -
"Minnesota Law Student Works with Malawi Human Rights Commission
Jennifer Swedberg -
"Jennifer Swedberg and the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery – A Big Title for a Big Task"
Shelby Vandenberg -
"Human Rights Fellow Vandenberg Advocates for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles"
Anna Veit-Carter -
"Human Rights Fellow Anna Veit-Carter: Saligan, an NGO in Quezon City, Philippines"
Matthew Webster -
"From Texas to Minnesota, Migrant Farm Workers Find Advocacy by Human Rights Fellow"

Jay Wilkinson -
"A Twin Cities Legal Aid Attorney Researches Discrimination in Neonatal Medical Protocols"



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