In a July 17 article, "Maryland Law Students Fight for Human Rights in Faraway Lands," the Baltimore Sun reports on UMDLaw's new International Clinic. During the Spring 2010 semester, 13 students worked in Mexico, China, and Namibia on a variety of issues.
According to the Sun, in Mexico, they counseled migrant workers, who were afraid to complain about crippling fees charged by job headhunters or U.S. employers that paid below minimum wage and housed them in squalid conditions.
In China, they helped rural entrepreneurs explore their borrowing rights in a society evolving so rapidly from communism to the free market that no one knows all the rules.
In Namibia, they used an ultra-progressive constitution to fight for water and reproductive rights in desperately poor remnants of the old apartheid state.
"It transformed my life," 2L Michelle Salmon told The Sun about her work in Namibia.