Our Universidad Autónoma del Caribe, Barranquilla- Colombia, continues reaffirming its compromise in processes that promote the construction of peace and respect for human rights. In this opportunity we signed an agreement with the Legal Clinic of the law faculty of the Michigan University (USA), through the Center for Advanced Studies on Peace and Legal Clinic of our law program.
The agreement, which will last five years, took place in the framework of the academic cooperation between UAC and the Global Network of Legal Clinics That Fight Human Trafficking and Slavery (Clinnect), led by the University of Michigan, and which is integrated by other institutions of higher education in Europe, Australia, Africa and America. Before the official signing of the agreement, there were exchange of experiences and information useful for academic training about how to fight this matter. Participation in the Clinnect Global conference.
The UAC internationalization team participated as panelists in the 'Global Conference on Legal Clinics That Fight Human Trafficking and Slavery'. They were also invited to the law faculty of Michigan University to share their work experiences in the panels "Overview of Law School Clinics", "Victim Centered Advocacy" and "A Window inside the Classroom".
In these spaces it was described how the 'Universidad Autónoma del Caribe' has been addressing people trafficking matters from the legal point of view, and the work of theoretical and practical training with law students that are doing their internship in the Legal Clinic. This in order to strengthen their skills to provide legal assistance to trafficking and the armed conflict victims.
This internationalization experience figure as a sign of the evolution of two of the academic interests in our new roadmap:
1. The introduction and demonstration of work in international networks such as Clinnect, led by the Michigan University.
2. The participation of members of our academic community as international panelists, making visible the work that is being developed in the framework of the fight against human trafficking.
Some of the colleges that were present in Michigan were Boston University, University of Southern California, 'Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México' Michigan University, 'Universidad de Bucaramanga', Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), Catholic University of Australia (Melbourne headquarters), University of Lund (Sweden), University of Tilburg (Netherlands), and University of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).