In the aftermath of the national election, many students are looking for ways to respond to what they see as a greater need for and focus on social justice in their studies and their field work as students. In the early 1990s, as a law student, I was honored to have been a part of a team of students, faculty, and practitioners that brought a legal action to halt the U.S. government’s detention of HIV+ Haitian refugees on the US naval base on Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, long before that site became a household name. I have written about that experience here, and include a few practical pointers for students looking to take on similar social justice projects today. Please share the piece if you think it helpful to any of your students. If of interest, a full-length, law review-style treatment of these issues is also contained in a forthcoming piece in the New York Law School Law Review.
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