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Buel featured in Arizona Capitol Times
recently was recognized for her work helping victims of domestic violence in an article by Kyle A. Porter of the Arizona Capitol Times.
The Feb. 21 article, titled “Sarah Buel: Professor’s life experience is basis for helping domestic violence victims,” describes Buel’s journey from a victim of domestic abuse to a Harvard graduate, Clinical Professor and Founding Director of the
Diane Halle Center for Family Justice.
In 1977, Buel said she left an abusive husband and went to work as a paralegal in Seattle. One day, after arguing passionately on behalf of a badly abused woman, a judge told her she should become a lawyer.
“It was transformative to hear others with the same experience I had,” she said.
During her first year at Harvard Law School, Buel started the Harvard Battered Women’s Advocacy Project, a group of volunteer students dedicated to helping victims of abuse.
“By the end of the year, we had 230 students providing legal assistance and 30 percent were men,” Buel said. “We were able to do a lot of advocacy.”
Buel spoke about a documentary she narrated on domestic violence, “Defending Our Lives,” which won an Academy Award in 1992.
“I love the idea of integrating human rights into our discussions of what ought to be happening in the United States,” she said, “We are so good at pointing out the problems in China, Tiananmen Square. But women’s prisons in the U.S. are some of the worst human rights violators in the world.”
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Buel also founded the Harvard Women in Prison Project, and the Harvard Children and Family Rights Project. She is writing a book to be published next year by New York University Press, “Rethinking Abuse: Positive Rights for Abuse Victims.”