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Advocate for Justice Scholarship Profile

Sunday, June 15, 2008  
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Cafritz Advocate for Justice Scholarship

The Cafritz Advocate for Justice Scholarship is awarded to an entering student based on academic merit and proven commitment to justice.

Danielle Grabiel, ‘10, is the first recipient of UDC-DCSL’s Advocate for Justice Scholarship.  A 2000 graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, Danielle obtained her M.A. in Environmental Science from the UC Santa Barbara in 2003.  While still an undergraduate, Danielle was involved in a campaign to improve labeling of toxic materials in consumer products.  She obtained a meeting with her Congressman, which resulted in him championing the issue in Congress.  In graduate school, Danielle was selected to intern with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Program in Nairobi, Kenya.  She drafted a training manual of best practices and success stories to improve compliance with and enforcement of international environmental treaties.  The manual has since been amended, translated and used at a series of meetings in Africa, Asia, South America, and West Asia.

Danielle was deeply affected by the choking air pollution, devastating poverty, disease and failures of international policies and national corporate governance she witnessed in Kenya.  After graduate school, she accepted a Research Assistant position with the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).  She was ultimately appointed Managing Director/Campaigner of EIA’s U.S. Office, where she led initiatives that helped increase protection of wildlife, communities, and the global environment through a combination of corporate campaigning and strategic media outreach.  She researched and co-authored a report on the scientific and political links between ozone layer depletion and climate change that was used as the basis for the development and communication of policy messages that played a key role in raising awareness with the public and decision makers about the climate benefits of actions taken under the ozone layer treaty.  She wrote and delivered speeches at UN meetings and served as the lead EIA representative at meetings with expert ozone layer and climate stakeholders. As effective as her advocacy has been thus far, Danielle decided that a law degree will take her to another level in working for Environmental Justice.

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