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The Lawyers' Earthquake Response Network (LERN)

LERN is a national network of lawyers in the US working with Haitian lawyers to implement a legal response to the earthquake in Haiti.

LERN employs a human rights-based approach to advocate for the victims of the earthquakes and reduce Haiti's vulnerability to future natural, political and economic stresses. LERN projects include fighting for safe housing, long-term, effective international assistance to Haiti, and for immigration opportunities in the US LERN will also develop replicable models for international legal responses to large-scale natural disasters.

It is led by the US-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), and the Haiti-based public interest law firm, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and was launched on January 17, 2010. Within the first two weeks, over 250 lawyers, law professors and law students joined the network.

LERN will provide overall coordination of projects through a listserve and an interactive webpage. Individual projects will be coordinated through project leaders, who will be leading experts in the relevant field. Project leaders are still needed to focus in particular on housing rights.

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