Past Projects

Replacing Myths with Facts: Sex-Selective Abortion Laws in the United States

The IHR Clinic, in partnership with National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health(ANSIRH), researched and drafted a report titled “Replacing Myths with Facts: Sex-Selective Abortion Laws in the United States.” The report examines the recent proliferation of laws banning sex-selection abortion in the United States. It is the work of a multidisciplinary team, including two economists, led by IHR Clinical Professor Sital Kalantry and Miriam Yeung, Executive Director, NAPAWF. As the report explains, laws banning sex-selective abortion have been introduced and enacted based upon a combination of implicit bias, factual inaccuracies and harmful stereotypes about Asian Americans. Rather than to combat gender discrimination, the report shows that sex-selective abortion bans are intended to limit access to abortion generally. Read more . . .

International Housing Rights Project

The IHR Clinic, in partnership with Nazdeek, a legal capacity building organization based in India, are working to promote realization of housing rights globally, with a focus on India. The project involves comparative law and policy research, fact-finding trips, work with international experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, and developing of advocacy and litigation materials. Read more . . .

Deportation of Haitian Immigrants to Post-Earthquake Haiti

The IHR Clinic, in partnership with the University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic and the University of Miami School of Law Immigration Clinic, released a report in February 2015, documenting the human rights abuses that many Haitian immigrants face after being deported from the United States to post-earthquake Haiti. The report is titled Aftershocks: The Human Impact of U.S. Deportations to Post-Earthquake Haiti. Since the 2010 earthquake, at least 1,500 Haitian immigrants have been deported, some for having committed relatively minor offenses. The report urges the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to reverse its policy of deporting Haitians who have been convicted of two misdemeanors or a felony. Read more . . .

The Right to Adequate Housing in New Delhi, India

IHR Clinic students, in partnership with Nazdeek, a legal capacity building organization based in India, are conducting comparative research on housing rights and policy in New Delhi, India, with a view toward identifying and addressing the major problems and challenges faced by slum-dwellers and homeless people in the city. At present, there are 150,000 homeless people in Delhi and, according to the Census from 2011, over 1.8 million people living in slums; however, independent studies typically report much higher numbers, up to 3.6 million. Read more . . .

Immigration Project

The IHR Clinic represents clients in United States immigration court who are at risk of being deported to their country origin where they would face persecution or torture. Many of these individuals suffered persecution or torture prior to their arrival in the United States. The IHR Clinic receives many of its cases through the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), a non-profit organization that provides and facilitates legal services for indigent and low-income immigrants. Read more . . .

Shackling of Pregnant Prisoners in the United States

The IHR Clinic, in partnership with the ACLU National Prison Project and Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, researched and drafted a report on the shackling of pregnant prisoners in the United States submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee prior to the Committee's Fourth Periodic Review of the United State in October 2013. Read more . . .

Right to Education Project

The IHR Clinic, in partnership with the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights, submitted a Letter of Allegation to three UN Special Rapporteurs concerning the human rights implications of the closing of 49 Chicago public schools prior to the 2013-2014 school year. The IHR Clinic also submitted a "shadow" report addressing the issue to the UN Human Rights Committee prior to its Fourth Periodic Review of the United States compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Polical Rights in October 2013. Read more . . . 

Protecting Human Rights Defenders in Colombia

The IHR Clinic, in partnership with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, are working to provide protection for human rights defenders in Colombia through the use of international human rights mechanisms. Human rigthts defender Martha Giraldo directs an organization that seeks justice for victims of extrajudicial killings in Colombia, the National Victims of Crimes of the State (MOVICE), Cuaca Valley Chapter.  She and her husband have received multiple death threats, some of which have been attributed to para-military groups. Read more . . . 

Women in Prison in Argentina 

IHR students researched and drafted a report (available here in English and Spanish) on the causes, conditions, and consequences of women’s imprisonment in Argentina. Their research involved an empirical survey of 30% of Argentina’s women prisoners in Federal prisons and visit to prisons in Argentina by prior teams of students.  The report was launched during an expert panel discussion at the University of Chicago Law School moderated by the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Rashida ManjooRead more . . .

Sexual Violence Laws in India 

IHR Clinic students, in partnership with Jindal Global Law School, conducted comparative research on sexual violence laws in India. Their research included interviews with sex workers in Kolkata, India, a group likely to be affected by changes in existing laws. The project was undertaken in connection with the Indian Parliament's debate on proposed reforms to India's laws on sexual violence drafted in the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape case. IHR Clinic students presented their findings at a national conference in New Delhi, India organized by the Delhi-based Human Rights Law Network. Read more . . .