Students, Professor Collect 200+ Books for Fugees Family
Georgia State Law Professor Jonathan Todres and students Chae Mims (J.D. ’17), and Min Ji Kim (J.D. ’18) delivered more than 200 donated books on Oct. 21 to the Fugees Family, a Clarkston-based nonprofit organization that works with refugee children.
The books were the culmination of a drive sponsored by Georgia State University College of Law’s Center for Law Health & Society. Three student organizations, the Student Health Law Association, Parents Attending Law School and International and Comparative Law Society, spearheaded the book drive. Georgia Perimeter College, now a new part of Georgia State University, also helped to collect books.
“Human Rights in Children’s Literature is about how children learn about their rights and their duties to respect others’ rights,” Todres said. “Ensuring children know their rights is empowering, and as Fugees Family aims to empower refugee children through its work, this was a natural fit. We’re happy to be able to support their work in any way we can.”
The book drive was held in conjunction with a book signing and presentation by Todres for his book, Human Rights in Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law (Oxford University Press 2016), which he co-wrote with Sarah Higinbotham.
“While delivering the books [to the Fugees Family], I got to observe students’ book report presentations in an assembly” said Mims, president of the International and Comparative Law Society. “Not only did the students give presentations, but they also offered each student candid feedback. The feedback demonstrated a bond and a genuine support the students had for one another.”
“When we visited the Fugees Family, we had the pleasure of sitting in on the morning assembly where the students presented book reports,” said Kim, the Student Health Law Association member who picked up and delivered the books. “The students discussed difficult themes of hope, good and evil, family and community. It was inspiring to hear the students talk about how the themes of the books related to their lives and experiences”
Founded as a soccer program by Luma Mufleh, the Fugees Family runs the Fugees Academy, the only school in the nation that is dedicated to refugee education. It also provides year-round soccer programs for children ages 10-18, after-school tutoring and a summer enrichment camp. The academy enrolls more than 100 students from more than 20 countries. Mufleh was also named one of CNN’s “Heroes of 2016.”