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Buel speaks at Buenos Aires conference


November 23, 2010

Sarah M. Buel, Clinical Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice, recently spoke in Buenos Aires at a conference sponsored by The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women.

Buel addressed two topics – “Best Practices and New Ideas for Achieving Implementation and Enforcement,” and “Obtaining Economic Sustainability for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Human Trafficking, and Harmful Traditional Practices” – at the Nov. 14-16 conference.

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 cum laude 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.

Judy Nichols, Judy.Nichols@asu.edu
Office of Communications, College of Law
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