The Center for Human Rights and Justice’s (CHRJ) strives to support its mission by providing grants to students actively involved in human rights work over the summer.  Along with bookstore proceeds, all funds raised through the Donate a Day’s Pay campaign fund University of Washington Law School students’ human rights work.

We award these funds through Public Interest Law Association (PILA) grants.   We are proud to announce the recipients of CHRJ’s grants this year!

2013 Grantees

Rachel Ryon

Rachel will be working in Fall 2013 for the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) in San Francisco.  CJA uses civil litigation to hold perpetrators of international crimes accountable in U.S. courts as well as in the Spanish national court. They utilize a survivor-centered approach that includes legal representation and medical/social services in order to provide holistic healing and empowerment to those who have suffered torture and other severe human rights abuses. A relatively young organization, CJA was founded in 1998 through the support of Amnesty International and the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.

The individuals represented by CJA have suffered unimaginable atrocities and are victims of horrific crimes for which they are unable to receive redress in their home countries. Many are members of minority ethnic groups that have historically been subjected to violence and oppression in their home countries. Unable to receive justice through their own domestic legal systems, they represent various underserved communities.
The impact of CJA’s work extends past the individuals represented by CJA attorneys and into the community at large. The precedential nature of CJA’s cases has helped to develop human rights jurisprudence. For example, CJA filed Doe v. Constant, which resulted in a $19 million judgment and the first ever ruling by a U.S. court that the systematic use of rape against a civilian population constituted torture. Cabello v. Fernandez Larios resulted in the first jury verdict for crimes against humanity in the United States, and Ahmed v. Magan was the first time any court found a member of the brutal Somali NSS under the Siad Barre regime liable for human rights violations. As one client, Dr. Juan Romagoza Arce, says: “Being involved in this case, confronting the Generals with these terrible facts – that’s the best possible therapy a torture survivor could have.”
Elysia Ruvinsky
Darcy Kues

See below to view our past grantees:

Past Grantees








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