Health & Human Rights Law Project

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Who We Are – Health and Human Rights Law Project

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Affiliated Practitioners & Past Fellows

Katy Hindle

Katy Hindle
Sonke Health & Human Rights Law Fellow, 2013

Katy Hindle was a 2012-2013 UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow. She obtained a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Politics, Gender Studies and Sociology in 2005 and a Social Science degree in International Relations in 2008, both from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Hindle also earned  a postgraduate LL.B. degree at UCT in 2009 and completed her articles of clerkship at the firm Edward Nathan & Sonnenbergs, Inc. She was admitted as an attorney in South Africa in 2012.

During her year as a Sonke Fellow at UCLA Law, Hindle focused her studies on health, gender, human rights, and empirical legal studies. Wherever possible, Hindle made attempts to link the academic content of her law school coursework to current issues in South Africa; Hindle was “grateful that her professors allowed and encouraged her to do this.” It made the transition to joining Sonke upon graduation rapid, and she now “grounds her advocacy and research efforts within theoretical frameworks” she studied at UCLA Law.

After earning her LL.M. degree from UCLA Law, Hindle worked as a fellow in Sonke’s Policy Development and Advocacy Unit, focusing on projects relating to gender and the South African judiciary, the decriminalization of sex work, and research and advocacy surrounding sexual violence in prisons. After her fellowship, Hindle was hired as an associate in the Policy Development and Advocacy Unit at Sonke, and she plans to continue a lifelong career in public interest law in South Africa.

 

Mateenah Hunter

Mateenah Hunter
Sonke Health & Human Rights Law Fellow, 2014

Mateenah Hunter was a 2013-2014 UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow. Prior to earning her LL.M. degree from UCLA Law, she earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from Wits University in 2009, completing her practical legal studies in the Human Rights Unit of Wits Law Clinic. Hunter served her articles of clerkship at the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg and then clerked for Justice Yacoob of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She also briefly clerked for Justice Frank Stock, VP at the Hong Kong Court of Appeal before joining the Open Society Foundation for South Africa as a project officer in their Criminal Justice Initiative.

During her time at UCLA Law, Hunter pursued two specialized courses of study: Public Interest Law & Policy and Law & Sexuality. While at UCLA Law, Hunter felt as though she “was spoilt for choice due to the wide number of courses [she] could choose from covering issues of health and broader human rights.” She felt “fortunate . . . to be taught by great professors” and “really enjoyed being able to take courses in the Public Health School” while completing her LL.M. degree at the Law School because it offered a perspective beyond a legal one.

Upon graduation from UCLA, Hunter began working as a fellow in Sonke Gender Justice’s Johannesburg office. Through this fellowship, Hunter works in Sonke’s Policy Development and Advocacy Unit, focusing on several different projects, including: The Sex Work Decriminalization Project; The National Strategic Plan to End Gender-Based Violence; and Oversight and Accountability in the Criminal Justice System Involving Crimes Against Women. In July of 2014, through the UCLA-Sonke partnership, Hunter attended an intensive course on Women’s Health and Empowerment co-sponsored by the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment and Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Godfrey Kangaude

Godfrey Kangaude
Sonke Health & Human Rights Law Fellow, 2013

Godfrey Kangaude was a 2012-2013 UCLA Law-Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow. Prior to pursuing his LL.M. degree at UCLA Law, Kangaude earned a Bachelor of Philosophy at Urbaniana, an LL.B. (Hons) at the University of Malawi, and an LL.M. degree at the University of the Free State in South Africa. Kangaude is an expert in sexual and reproductive rights, having previously worked for many years on research and advocacy concerning the high incidence of abortion-related morbidity and mortality with Ipas, an international NGO, in Malawi.

During his year as a Sonke Fellow at UCLA Law, Kangaude specialized in Public Interest Law & Policy, focusing his studies and coursework on sexuality, gender and human rights law. After earning his LL.M. degree from UCLA Law, Kangaude began working with Sonke Gender Justice as a Policy Development and Advocacy Fellow, where his work has focused on research, advocacy and training of men and boys to achieve gender equality.

Kangaude’s interests lay at the intersection of society, culture, and human rights, and in particular the sexual and reproductive rights of populations including adolescents, persons with disabilities, LGBTI persons, and women. He has published several works: Disability, the Stigma of Asexuality and Sexual Health: A Sexual Rights Perspective, 5 Rev. Disability Stud. 22 (2009); a chapter in the book Sexuality and Disability: Politics, Identity and Access (2010); and A Sexual Rights Approach to Addressing Gender-Based Sexual Violence Among Male Prisoners in Malawi, 14 Af. Hum. Rts L.J. 1 (2014), the latter of which he began in a seminar course at UCLA Law.

 

Emily Nagisa Keehn

Emily Nagisa Keehn
UCGHI Women's Health & Empowerment Fellow, 2010

Emily Nagisa Keehn is an affiliate of UCLA Law’s Health & Human Rights Law Project, based in Cape Town. She is a technical specialist for the South African NGO, mothers2mothers, promoting reproductive, maternal and newborn health in Africa. Keehn researches and writes in the areas of gender, health, HIV/AIDS, human rights, and incarceration.

Previously, Keehn managed Sonke Gender Justice’s prisoner health and rights program, co-founded the Detention Justice Forum (a detainee rights coalition), and coordinated the UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship. In 2011, she was a UC Global Health Institute Women’s Health & Empowerment Fellow, and was affiliated with UCLA Law, Sonke, and the Law, Race & Gender Unit at the University of Cape Town, Faculty of Law. Her fellowship research examined the implementation of sexual violence laws by the South African Police Service. Together with Lara Stemple, Dean Peacock and Cherith Sanger, she published the resulting article in the journal, Feminist Criminology.

Keehn has testified before the South African National Assembly and successfully lobbied for the adoption of national policies to address sexual violence and HIV in South African prisons. Media commentary has included IRIN News, the Mail & Guardian, the Pretoria News, Equal Treatment, and various South African Broadcasting Corporation news outlets.

Prior to South Africa, Keehn worked for Legal Aid of Cambodia, Relief International, and the Annenberg Foundation. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from UC San Diego (2005) and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law (2010).

 

Manisha Munshi

Manisha Munshi
UCGHI Women’s Health & Empowerment Fellow, 2010

Manisha Munshi was a Women’s Health and Empowerment Fellow at the UC Global Health Institute. Through this fellowship, funded by the National Institutes for Health Fogarty International Center, Munshi’s research focused on legal empowerment models to help combat the spread of HIV/AIDS among women in detention in South and Southeast Asia. She conducted her research at Just Detention International, a human rights organization in Los Angeles that works to end sexual abuse in detention. Munshi examined the legal framework relevant to women in detention in South and Southeast Asia. She also conducted qualitative field research in Mumbai, India exploring sex workers’ experiences with detention. Munshi was mentored by Lara Stemple at UCLA School of Law, David Eisenman at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and Lovisa Stannow at Just Detention International.

Munshi earned her A.B. with a joint concentration in Social Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Harvard College (2006) and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law (2010). Her research interests include international law, human rights, trafficking and sex work, and the intersections among these topics. She has conducted anti-trafficking work for Saathi, a Mumbai-based NGO, and has researched refugee resettlement policies at the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

 

Nomonde Nyembe

Nomonde Nyembe
Sonke Health & Human Rights Law Fellow, 2012

Nomonde Nyembe was one of the two inaugural UCLA Law-Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellows during the 2011-2012 academic year. Prior to pursuing her LL.M. degree at UCLA Law, Nyembe earned her LL.B. degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and completed her articles of clerkship at the firm Edward Nathan & Sonnenbergs, Inc. She then clerked for Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

During her year as a Sonke Fellow at UCLA Law, Nyembe specialized in Public Interest Law & Policy, focusing her studies on gender, health, and human rights. Nyembe appreciated the multidisciplinary nature of her studies at UCLA Law and especially the opportunity to take two classes outside of the law school in public health and advocacy. Nyembe’s courses at the law school, especially Human Rights & Sexual Politics, helped her to “contextualize sexuality as a human rights issue, a political issue . . . related to and at times dominated by a health discourse.” Through the Public Interest Law & Policy specialization, Nyembe received invaluable training “on the utility, complexity, and multifaceted nature of advocacy for social justice.”

After earning her LL.M. degree from UCLA Law, Nyembe began working at Sonke Gender Justice where she conducted research for advocacy purposes, made written and oral submissions to government bodies, and helped local communities with capacity building and mobilization. Nomonde worked at Sonke as a Policy Development and Advocacy Associate for an additional year after her fellowship year ended. She now works at the University of the Witwatersrand in the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, a law clinic that engages in advocacy and litigation. Her current work is centered specifically in the Business and Human Rights Programme which aims to ensure that corporate entities abide by and advance human rights principles.

 

Cherith Sanger

Cherith Sanger
Sonke Health & Human Rights Law Fellow, 2012

Cherith Sanger was one of the two inaugural UCLA Law-Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellows during the 2011-2012 academic year. Prior to studying at UCLA Law, Sanger was an accomplished litigator working to end sexual and domestic violence, hate crimes, and discrimination against LGBTI persons. In addition to her six years as a litigator, Sanger had also taught a course in Legal Education and Development to candidate attorneys in South Africa. 

During her year as a Sonke Fellow at UCLA Law, Sanger specialized in Public Interest Law & Policy. In fact, Sanger applied for the UCLA-Sonke Fellowship program for the specific purposes of “further developing her skills as a public interest lawyer,” with the intention of “taking her advanced skills back to South Africa to reduce gender based violence and HIV and the impact of AIDS.”

After earning her LL.M. degree from UCLA Law, Sanger worked at Sonke as a fellow in the Policy Development and Advocacy Unit. Sanger stayed on at Sonke after her fellowship year ended and was promoted to a management position in the Policy Development and Advocacy Unit. Sanger currently works as an independent legal consultant in Cape Town, South Africa, providing legal services and conducting research and writing in the areas of gender, health, and human rights law.

 

Sekgame Shadrack Tebeile

Sekgame Shadrack Tebeile
Sonke Health & Human Rights Law Fellow, 2014

Shadrack “Shaddy” Tebeile was a 2013-2014 UCLA-Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Limpopo in 2012. Tebeile then clerked for clerked for Justices Froneman and Skweyiya of Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was admitted as an Advocated of the High Court of South Africa in 2013.

Tebeile had an interesting and challenging experience as a Sonke Fellow during his year at UCLA Law. Tebeile believes that studying at UCLA Law “granted him an opportunity to be exposed to different dilemmas faced by the international community” with respect to health and human rights.

Tebeile is now studying for the Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree at the University of Fort Hare with a focus on the judicial realization and enforcement of socio-economic rights in South Africa. After the completion of his LL.D., Tebeile hopes to teach public interest law in South Africa and pursue a Ph.D. related to access to higher education.

 

Lindsey Zwicker

Lindsey Zwicker
Women’s Health & Empowerment COE Coordinator, UC Global Health Institute, 2012

Lindsey Zwicker served as COE Coordinator from November 2010 through August 2012. She received a joint JD/MPP from UCLA in May 2010 and has spent much of her work and academic career focusing on sexual and reproductive health and rights. After receiving a B.A. in Women’s Studies from UC Santa Barbara, she worked as a Program Assistant for the Center for Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine (“RHEDI”) at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. She then spent some time as a research assistant for the Irish Family Planning Association, in which she researched Irish adolescents’ access to contraception and sexuality education for a policy report on minors’ restricted access to the full range of reproductive healthcare. During law school, she spent summers working as a law clerk for the New York Civil Liberties Union, Reproductive Rights Project and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Throughout her graduate studies, she focused much of her research and advocacy interests on human rights, sexual violence and women’s conditions in prisons, and HIV/AIDS policies. In her role as COE Coordinator, Lindsey liaised with the faculty leadership to manage the Center and contribute substantively to its conceptualization, growth and development.

 

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Contact Information

Lara Stemple
Director, Health and Human Rights Law Project
(310) 206-4778
stemple@law.ucla.edu


Tiffany Parnell
Coordinator, Health and Human Rights Law Project
(310) 206-3947
parnell@law.ucla.edu

 

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