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  'MESSAGE' => string 'Hirut Abebe-Jiri, a victim of torture in her native Ethiopia, will be at the UND School of Law Thursday, Feb. 22. She will describe her extraordinary story of leaving Ethiopia, applying for and receiving asylum in Canada, and discovering that her torturer was living in the United States among his victims. She was the named plaintiff in a successful federal torts claims action, a landmark U.S. human rights law decision. The publicity of that case ultimately led to her torturer being expelled from the United '... (length=1286)
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Ethiopian torture victim will speak at law lecture


Hirut Abebe-Jiri, a victim of torture in her native Ethiopia, will be at the UND School of Law Thursday, Feb. 22. She will describe her extraordinary story of leaving Ethiopia, applying for and receiving asylum in Canada, and discovering that her torturer was living in the United States among his victims. She was the named plaintiff in a successful federal torts claims action, a landmark U.S. human rights law decision. The publicity of that case ultimately led to her torturer being expelled from the United States; he was returned to Ethiopia, where he had been tried in absentia for his crimes and sentenced to life inprisonment.

There will be a keynote address Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the Baker Courtroom, Law School. Gregory Gordon will frame the legal aspects of catching human rights violators who are living in United States undetected. Hirut will then speak about her personal experiences, both in Ethiopia and during the case.

On Friday, Feb. 23, at 12:10 p.m., there will be a lunch session with Hirut to facilitate a smaller, more one-on-one discussion. Free pizza will be provided. This will be in Room 8 of the Law School.

Both events are free and open to the public. These events are sponsored by Law Women's Caucus and the Multicultural Awareness Committee.
-- Amanda Grafstrom, Vice-President, Law Womens Caucus, amanda.grafstrom@students.law.und.edu, 701-777-9197