Monday, January 18, 2010

Guest Blogger: Caroline Bettinger-López

It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure to welcome Caroline Bettinger-López (left) as today's guest blogger. She contributes, below, the 1st post in a 2-part series concerning gender violence in Ciudad Juárez; specifically, an analysis of the recent Inter-American Court of Human Rights decision against Mexico. Tomorrow, in Part 2, guest blogger Regina Austin will review films treating that epidemic of violence.
Carrie is the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute and a Lecturer in Law and Clinical Staff Attorney for the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School in New York City.
Carrie's research, activism, and teaching focus on international human rights law and advocacy, including the implementation of human rights norms at the domestic level. She devotes particular attention to Latin America and the United States, with particular respect to violence against women, gender and race discrimination, and immigrants’ rights.
Before joining Columbia, Carrie clerked for U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson Jr., Eastern District of New York, and worked as a Skadden Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union's Women’s Rights Project. As mentioned in her post below, she's filed Jessica Gonzales v. United States before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, on behalf of a domestic violence victim whose three children were killed after police in Colorado failed to enforce a restraining order against her estranged husband.
Carrie earned her J.D. from Columbia, and also holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Heartfelt welcome!

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