Saturday, December 17, 2011

Guest Blogger: Chi Mgbako

It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure to welcome Chi Mgbako (left) as today's guest blogger.
Chi is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School in New York. Under her direction, the Leitner Clinic partners with grassroots human rights nongovernmental organizations to provide mobile legal aid clinics, legal and policy reports, human rights trainings, submissions to human rights bodies, and public interest lawsuits. She's conducted human rights advocacy in a number of countries, among them Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and South Africa.
This year, the National Law Journal placed her on its list of "Top 40 Minority Lawyers Under 40."
Chi earned her B.A. in History magna cum laude from Columbia University, where she was a John F. Kluge Scholar; she then taught an African women’s history course in Ghana. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded the Gary Bellow Public Service Award, the Dean's Award for Community Leadership, and the Kaufman Public Service Fellowship. Thereafter, she served as a Harvard Henigson Human Rights Fellow with the International Crisis Group, focusing on justice and political reform in various African countries, before beginning her Fordham career as Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights.
As detailed here and here, Chi's writings focus on access to justice and women's rights in Africa; they've appeared in scholarly reviews such as the Harvard Human Rights Journal, as Leitner Center and International Crisis Group reports, and in popular media such as the International Herald Tribune and The Huffington Post. Her IntLawGrrls guest post below marks the annual International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers by discussing a Leitner Clinic partnership with NGOs working to decriminalize prostitution. Chi writes:

I dedicate the post to sex workers throughout the world who have been the victims and survivors of violence.

Heartfelt welcome!

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