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Buel invited to participate in UN report
Sarah M. Buel
Sarah M. Buel
, Clinical Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice, has been invited by the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights to address accelerating efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women and help prepare a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council.
She will be meeting with U.N. officials in Geneva on Nov. 23-25.
Since 1977, Buel has worked with battered women, abused children and juveniles within the legal system. Buel teaches Criminal Law and Family Violence and the Law. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU in 2010, she was a clinical professor at the University of Texas School of Law, having started, then co-directing their Domestic Violence Clinic.
Buel was co-founder of the U.T. Voices Against Violence program and the U.T. Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault that focuses on research, pedagogy and direct services. She has served as Special Counsel for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, providing domestic violence training, technical, and case assistance to prosecutors throughout Texas. For six years she was a prosecutor, most of that time in Boston and Quincy, Mass., helping to establish their award-winning domestic violence and juvenile programs.
As a domestic violence survivor, Buel has been committed to improving the court and community response to abuse victims and their children. She was a welfare mother for a short time before working full time in the day and going to school at night for seven years to obtain her undergraduate degree in 1987. She then graduated
from Harvard Law School in 1990, where she founded the Harvard Battered Women’s Advocacy Project, the Harvard Women in Prison Project, and the Harvard Children and Family Rights Project. Buel has published more than 35 articles, as well as book chapters, and amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She narrated the Academy Award-winning documentary, Defending Our Lives, and is actively involved in human rights and anti-trafficking projects in Cambodia, China, Kenya and the U.S.