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My name is Lauren Moustakas and I am a 1L student at Regent University School of Law. I am thankful and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as a student staff member for the Center for Global Justice. This semester through the Center, I am working on a project for Justice Ventures International (JVI) that supports their work in Bihar, India. Specifically, I have been researching health entitlements for health concerns such as disability and mental health that are provided by Bihar’s Government to the poor. This research is assisting in creating a complete legal guide to entitlements that are available to the poor in Bihar in areas of human rights such as food and water, health, education, and human rights abuses. This legal guide will be a resource for lawyers in Bihar who advocate for those who should have access to these entitlements but do not. Justice Ventures International creates these legal guides in order to provide guidance to legal advocates on legal remedies for the poor if services they request are denied by the government. The legal advocates in turn, can use these guides as they advocate on behalf of the poor. In this process, the poor are also empowered as these guides and the work of the legal advocates creates awareness of their basic human rights.
The reason I felt the call to Law School, and Regent Law School particularly, is to be equipped to serve and seek justice for the oppressed through the law. I am honored to have the opportunity to work on this project through the Center for Global Justice while I am just entering the legal profession as a first year student. It has allowed me, as a student, to serve through the law by helping advocates who are currently serving and seeking justice for the poor of Bihar through the law. This post was written by a Center for Global Justice student staff member.  The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School, or the Center for Global Justice.