Prof. Bridgette Carr Wins Marshall Memorial Fellowship

faculty_carr By: Melanie McDonald
December 15, 2007

The German Marshall Fund of the United States awarded a 2008 Marshall Memorial Fellowship to University of Notre Dame Associate Clinical Professor of Law Bridgette Carr. Carr advocates for non-citizens, particularly those who are victims of forced migration. Migration and immigration are among the policy initiatives of the German Marshall Fund (GMF).

“Many people are aware of the issues surrounding economic immigration—this is what our border debate is about right now, where people are crossing into the U.S. by choice to find work and earn a better living for their families,” says Carr. Most people, however, do not think about forced migration, which involves individuals who are fleeing persecution or who are in the United States as a result of force, fraud, or coercion.”

Carr will spend 23 days in Europe, working with other leaders on these issues to foster transatlantic cooperation. “I am excited about the opportunity to meet with European experts in the field, and learn about immigration and human trafficking issues from their perspective,” says Carr. “During my fellowship I plan to lay the foundation for future collaborations. When I return to the Notre Dame community, I hope to incorporate my experience into my teaching, scholarship and advocacy here at the Law School and in the broader community.”

Now in its 25th year, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship was created to introduce a new generation of European leaders to America’s institutions, politics, and people. In 1999, GMF launched a companion program to expose future U.S. leaders to a changing and expanding Europe. Over the past quarter century, the MMF program has attracted more than 1,500 of the best and brightest from all sectors, including politics, media, business, and nongovernmental organizations. Fellows come from across the United States and from 21 European countries.

For more information on Professor Carr, visit her faculty profile.