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Three From Yale Law and Two Nursing Students Awarded Gruber Global Justice and Women’s Rights Fellowships

Revised September 10, 2012

Two Yale Law School students, a recent Yale Law School graduate, and two Yale School of Nursing students have been named recipients of Gruber Global Justice and Women’s Rights Fellowships for 2012-2013. Erin George ’12 YSN, Amanda Gutierrez ’12, Becca Heller ’10, Stephanie Keene ’12, and Nichole Trumper ’12 YSN will each spend a year working on projects that help to promote global justice or women’s rights.

The fellowships were introduced as part of the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights at Yale Law School. They are open to all Yale graduate and professional school students in their final year as well as those who have graduated within the past three years.

“The Gruber Fellowships offer a magnificent opportunity for talented Yale alumni to launch careers in global justice and women’s rights,” said Yale Law School Dean Robert Post ’77. “We’re thrilled to have such a strong group of fellows this year.”

Erin George will spend her fellowship year with Partners In Health, where she will work in partnership with Haitian health care leaders to build capacity among Haitian nurses and midwives. Erin will conduct needs assessments of nurses and midwives at Partners In Health sites and create clinical, education, and research partnerships between Haitian and American health organizations in order to strengthen the nursing and midwifery professions in Haiti. A member of Yale School of Nursing Class of 2012, Erin graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2006 with a B.A. in Growth and Structure of Cities and from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2010 with a BSN. She previously worked as a nutrition educator in Hawaii and a women’s health and HIV community health researcher in Boston, MA.

Amanda Gutierrez will spend her fellowship year working with the Center for Justice and International Law in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in collaboration with domestic organizations to address the exploitation of migrant Bolivian workers in the Argentine textile industry. Amanda will document labor practices in the industry, assess the Argentine government’s response to pervasive exploitation, and develop strategies to leverage the power of international law and domestic organizing to improve the government’s approach on this issue. Amanda, a member of the Yale Law School Class of 2012, graduated with highest honors and highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was involved with a number of immigrants’ rights initiatives.

Becca Heller, Yale Law School Class of 2010, will spend her fellowship year working with the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), specifically by developing legal interventions for Iraqi refugee young women and girls who are being sexually trafficked. With Jonathan Finer ’09, Becca co-founded IRAP as a student organization when she was a YLS student. With enormous support from Yale Law School, IRAP has since become an international law student movement for refugee rights, with chapters at more than 20 law schools in the United States and the Middle East. In addition to the honor of being selected as a Gruber Fellow, Becca has received Skadden and Echoing Green Fellowships in recognition of her work with IRAP. She is currently a visiting clinical lecturer in law at YLS and was recently named one of the Christian Science Monitor's “30 Change Agents Under 30.”

Stephanie Keene will work with the International Justice Mission (IJM) in Kampala, Uganda, to provide legal services to women and children who have been victims of illegal property seizure, or “property grabbing.” Stephanie will support IJM lawsuits on behalf of victims of property grabbing; lead and develop legal training for Ugandan justice officials; and develop strategies to reform customary practices that impede women’s property rights in rural communities. Before joining the Yale Law School Class of 2012, Stephanie graduated with high honors from Princeton University and worked for the U.N. World Food Program in Dakar, Senegal.

Nichole Trumper, a member of the Yale School of Nursing class of 2012, will spend her fellowship year working with the Good Samaritan Mission Council in La Romana, Dominican Republic. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, her primary project will be to support the hospital’s emergency room and mobile clinics through execution of direct pediatric acute and preventative care, as well as developing protocols for more efficient evidence-based care. Secondary projects will include training health promoters in the local villages of sugar cane workers and making a directory of specialty pediatric providers. She will also assist with the clean water, food access and family planning programs. Before coming to Yale, Nichole graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was academic All-Big Ten as a member of the badger crew team.

In addition to the annual fellowships, the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights at Yale Law School supports the Law School’s annual Global Constitutionalism Seminar and the Gruber Distinguished Lectures in Global Justice and Women’s Rights. The program at the Law School is one of three initiatives of the Gruber Foundation at Yale, established in May 2011 by philanthropists Patricia and Peter Gruber. The other two initiatives are the Gruber Prizes and the Young Scientists Awards; and the Gruber Science Fellowship Program at Yale.