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B. Shaw Drake

Equal Justice Works Fellow
Sponsored by Morgan Stanley and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

As a EJW Fellow for the Refugee Protection and Refugee Representation teams, Shaw supports Human Rights First in advocating for improvements to U.S. asylum law, policy, and practices. His work includes connecting Human Rights First’s extensive pro-bono representation program to advocacy efforts affecting Human Rights First clients.

Prior to law school, Shaw worked for the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture supporting survivors of torture from over 90 countries in accessing legal, psychological, medical services. Throughout law school he interned/clerked for the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Watch - Americas Division, the ACLU-National Prison Project, and the American Bar Association Justice Defenders Program, among others. Shaw’s work during law school included travel, research, and writing on statelessness in the Dominican Republic, disappearances in Mexico, protests in Venezuela, surveillance and racial discrimination in Colombia, and military justice in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Shaw's work has been covered by international news outlets, including the Associated Press, The New York Times and Acento. He is co-author of an award winning human rights report on the rights of children of Haitian decent in the Dominican Republic, published by the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and JURIST. He speaks fluent Spanish.

Shaw graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he received a Juris Doctor, a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies and the Bettina Pruckmayr Award in Human Rights. He is a highest honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Resource | April 19, 2016
July 18, 2017
New York City—Human Rights First today released a new report assessing the dangers facing refugees in Mexico in the wake of proposals from the Trump Administration and Congress to block refugees...
July 13, 2017
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today released an audio recording of a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agent repeatedly turning away asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, a violation of U.S....
May 24, 2017
This blog is cross posted from HuffPost Martin Méndez Pineda was held in U.S. immigration detention for over 100 days. As a journalist, Martin reported on federal police ...
May 03, 2017
New York City—Human Rights First today released a major new report documenting dozens of instances in which U.S. border agents illegally turned away asylum seekers from the U.S. southern...