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Law student awarded Fulbright grant to study in Turkey

May 22, 2009

Alice Michelle Augustine, a third-year student at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, was awarded a Fulbright grant to study in Turkey this summer. Augustine will examine human trafficking and how the Turkish legal system protects victims, and she will work to create a network of Turkish legal experts to help other countries implement victim protection systems.

Augustine’s proposal for the grant was evaluated by five Loyola University professors from different disciplines, who unanimously chose to submit it to the Fulbright organization.

Eileen Doll, Ph.D., fellowships coordinator for the University Honors Program, said Augustine impressed the committee tremendously.

“Ms. Augustine is an energetic, enthusiastic and intelligent woman whose concern for others obviously permeates her entire life. Had it been in our power, we would have awarded her the Fulbright on the spot.”

Augustine, who is a 2006 graduate of Lehman College CUNY, has also been the recipient of a Jeannette K. Watson fellowship, a Ronald McNair Fellowship and a Daisy and Paul Soros Fellowship for New Americans to attend law school.

She has worked internationally at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in Accra, Ghana, and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and she has studied international law and human rights curriculum in Vienna, Brazil and Turkey. Augustine is the founder of the National Black Law Student Association’s Haiti Project and is the vice chair of NBLSA’s executive board. She is presently creating a project called Organic Justice to promote alternative dispute resolution in Haiti and is the co-founder of Konbit Pou Ediksayon, a public charity that funds the education of more than 30 children in Haiti.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program, “designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries.” The program sends approximately 1,100 American scholars and professionals to 130 countries annually to lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of fields.

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