On Tuesday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m., Penn Law will host a short film screening, “The Lost Girls of Haiti,” followed immediately by an expert panel session featuring Marcia Jean, co-founder of the Haitian women’s group FAVILEK, and Jayne Fleming, pro bono counsel at the law firm Reed Smith, who has worked with Haitian activists to promote women’s rights and the rule of law since last year’s devastating earthquake.
The Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project
(PLIRP), a student public interest group, is sponsoring the event; PLIRP has had a continuing relationship with the pro bono counsel of Reed Smith, pairing law student volunteers with supervisors from the law firm to work on asylum cases and to do research on country conditions. This year, Penn Law students were involved with Reed Smith’s extensive work to benefit Haiti in the wake of the earthquake there last January.
Working with Jayne Fleming and other Reed Smith attorneys, students have contributed to efforts to obtain asylum for individuals fleeing catastrophic conditions in Haiti. Together they are working to get temporary protected status for Haitian asylum-seekers who are trying to come to the U.S. for medical care unavailable or inaccessible in Haiti and for protection from rape and gender-based violence, the latter of which has become increasing prevalent in Haiti since the earthquake. Students are also participating in a number of projects designed to improve the rule of law and policing standards in Haiti, to ensure that individuals who continue to grapple with the repercussions of the earthquake are properly protected.
The film screening and panel will take place in Penn Law’s Silverman Hall, Room S240B. The event is open to the public.
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