2013-14 Gruber Fellows
The Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights is pleased to award the 2013-2014 Gruber Fellows to six Fellows, hailing from three of Yale University’s professional and graduate schools. The Fellows spent a year working on global justice and women’s rights projects of their own design. Their projects covered a range of critical issues, including post-conflict legal reform and community reconciliation, women’s economic empowerment, food security, the intersection of religious freedom and equal treatment, reproductive rights, migrant rights, and the prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Glenda Aldana Madrid (Yale Law School ’13)
As a Gruber Fellow, Glenda M. Aldana Madrid worked with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in Seattle, Washington, to further the global cause for migrants’ rights by combating Border Patrol’s abusive interior enforcement practices. Specifically, Glenda worked to curtail Border Patrol’s use of racial profiling while conducting roving patrol stops in Washington State. She did so by developing and filing administrative complaints and damages suits challenging Border Patrol’s actions, assisting NWIRP’s partner organizations in doing the same, and representing individuals facing removal in immigration court as a result of Border Patrol’s transgressions. In the process, Glenda worked closely with community organizations to equip them with the tools and knowledge needed to defend their members’ rights while also providing support for a class action lawsuit that NWIRP filed against Border Patrol for Fourth Amendment violations. The project aimed to draw national and international attention to the plight of Washington’s immigrant and minority populations while influencing the way Border Patrol conducts its operations. Today, Glenda continues to work alongside NWIRP's legal director in managing the organization's civil rights/impact litigation docket. In addition to this impact litigation work, she also represents clients in their individual immigration cases before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Andrew Iliff (Yale Law School ’12)
As a Gruber Fellow, Andrew returned to Zimbabwe, where he grew up, to work with the Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT). CCMT’s core mission is “to enhance communities’ capacities to deal with conflicts, enabling stable and durable peace” through peacebuilding, development and leadership. Over the past decade, CCMT has intervened in a variety of conflicts in grassroots communities. While Zimbabwe’s long political conflict has divided communities, other cleavages have split communities as well. Major sources of conflict identified by the Peace Builders Network of Zimbabwe (PBNZ) include ambiguity of land tenure, competing parallel governance systems, poor service delivery and inequitable and non-transparent allocation of relief goods. At CCMT, Andrew took a leading role in formulating and implementing an innovative advocacy strategy. CCMT’s advocacy complemented and supported interventions through research, analysis and lobbying. Advocacy targeted participants in CCMT’s interventions, as well as CCMT’s peers and partners in the PBNZ, donors, local authorities and independent commissions. Targeted and practical advocacy reports amplified CCMT’s development and intervention work, providing tools to communities and institutions to help manage conflict peacefully and durably. Post-fellowship, Andrew continues to work at the Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation.
Marvin Lim (Yale Law School ’13)
Marvin Lim worked with the ACLU’s Center for Liberty in New York, spearheading a new effort to facilitate strategic coordination among global civil liberties organizations on issues at the intersection of religious freedom and equal treatment, such as synchronized, transnational legal efforts by certain organization to invoke religious conscious clauses to limit reproductive healthcare to women worldwide. Marvin drafted comparative analyses of challenges abroad, proposed harmonizing litigation strategies, and coordinated collaborative filings. Before joining Yale Law School’s Class of 2013, Marvin graduated magna cum laude from Emory University, then worked in international security and development. Marvin continues to work for the ACLU as a consultant, in continuation of his Gruber project.
Jeffrey Love (Yale Law School ’12)
Jeff Love, a 2012 graduate of Yale Law School, spent his fellowship year working with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands. At the ICTY, Jeff supported the work of Judge Liu Daqun on a variety of cases involving atrocities alleged to have occurred during the1990s Balkan war. In particular, he focused on the case of Nikola Sainovic, a former high-ranking Serbian official charged with war crimes allegedly committed against the ethnic Albanian population in Kosovo. Before moving to New Haven, Jeff graduated from Stanford University with dual bachelor's and master's degrees and worked on political accountability and legislative reform in Kampala, Uganda. Jeff currently clerks for Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Amelia Reese Masterson (Yale School of Public Health ’13)
Amelia worked to develop a community-based, women’s empowerment and food security project among Palestinian refugee communities in Lebanon. This project recognized that empowering women to generate sustainable income not only meets the needs of women and their families, but can also improve food security in the wider community. The initiative aimed to develop the entrepreneurial skills of women to run cooperative kitchens that provide nutritionally balanced and locally sourced school meals to local schools. The project was implemented through a partnership between the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the American University in Beirut (AUB) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). As program manager, Amelia recruited community participants and design nutrition training materials, as well as piloted and evaluated the project. The initiative sought to establish a women’s cooperative venture within the first year, and through its unique partnership with Palestinian schools, set a trajectory for continued improvements in community nutrition and food security for years to come. Amelina currently serves as a Research Adviser in Nutrition & Food Security for International Medical Corps in Washington, DC and Beirut, Lebanon.
Zorka Milin (Jackson Institute for Global Affairs ’13)
Zorka spent her fellowship year working with Global Witness, an international organization advocating for justice and transparency in the extraction of natural resources. She worked towards launching a new global tax justice campaign to draw public attention to how the international tax system and secrecy in the extractive sector exacerbate global poverty and inequality. A member of Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs Class of 2013, Zorka holds J.D. and LL.M. law degrees from Cornell Law School and has over five years of experience in international tax law practice. She has also worked with Timap for Justice, a local organization in Sierra Leone, where she helped organize affected villagers in pursuing complaints against UK mining companies for damage to crops and the environment, labor violations and other human rights abuses. Post-fellowship, Zorka continues to work at Global Witness as a legal adviser. She also serves as Director of Research for Financial Transparency with the non-profit network Academics Stand Against Poverty, and as a visiting fellow at Yale University with the Global Justice Program and with Yale Law School's Information Society Project.
Read about previous Gruber Fellows here.