San Antonio, Texas
Deborah will develop and update legal education and resource materials and work on individual cases in RAICES' Children's Program, in partnership with a team of attorneys, BIA-accredited representatives, and legal assistants. She will also develop a network of contacts and resources in Mexico and Central America to assist on children's cases, conduct Know Your Rights presentations and legal relief screenings to children in immigration detention facilities, and assist with applications on behalf of juvenile clients, including translation, research on country conditions, and application preparation.
The Chicago Chapter of the Sierra Club, the regional branch of one of the oldest and largest environmentally centered non-profits, focuses on environmental degradation and its disproportionate impact on low-income and minority communities. The Chapter is actively trying to shift the region away from dirty industry and dirty energy which negatively impacts the health and economy of local communities. Sandy will work on the “Beyond Coal” campaign, focusing both on policy and grassroots organizing.
Nucha will be working with FRCD to provide support information and training to parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs. He will expand FCRD’s reach to families with infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities through partnerships with local neighborhood organizations.
Anna Nicole Kreisberg
The NLRB is the federal agency that investigates and prosecutes unfair labor practice charges under the National Labor Relations Act. Nicole will investigate worker claims of retaliation or firing for engaging in activities to improve their working conditions. She will assist lawyers, conduct legal research, and may supervise union representation elections. Nicole’s work is supported by a grant from the NLRB.
SVJI is a program of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. SVJI promotes justice for victims of sexual violence through multidisciplinary collaboration, leadership and resources - in order to encourage effective, victim-centered investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases. Faith will work on the Expert Testimony Resources Project to research the use of expert testimony in sexual assault cases and to develop resources for prosecutors. She will work with prosecutors, health professionals, victim advocates, and other advisers and informants.
Stephen will work on a diverse range of projects including solitary confinement, the death penalty, and torture through the American University/Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The Center provides "scholarship and support for human rights initiatives in the US and around the world" in a number of fields, from incorporating respect for human rights in the American legal system to international approaches to human trafficking and forced labor issues. The Center also supports UN Special Rapporteur for Torture, Juan Méndez, who visited the University of Chicago Human Rights Program in April 2012, working with him on the Anti-Torture Follow Up Initiative."
Affinity Community Services is a social justice organization based on Chicago's south side that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies to identify emergent needs, create safe spaces, develop leaders, and bridge communities through collective analysis and action for social justice, freedom, and human rights. Clare will be helping to support Affinity's efforts to engage transgender (trans*) and gender non-conforming communities in its human rights advocacy work. Clare will be helping Affinity adapt its policies, practices and programs to become more trans* inclusive, including helping to design workshops and events about trans* experience for Affinity staff, board members, and volunteers, and for the LGBTQ and allied communities on the south side of Chicago.
San Francisco, California
The SFHA is a medium-sized housing authority, currently serving about 20,000 tenants. Its mission is “to deliver safe and decent housing for low income households and integrate economic opportunity for residents.” Michaeljit will work in the HOPE SF program which is committed to rebuild every public housing unit that is torn down, to give leadership positions to residents and community members in the development process, to on-site relocation in all but the most extreme cases, to service connections for all households, and to rebuild with minimal disruption to existing communities. Michaeljit hopes to bring back lessons he learns to communities in Chicago.
The Native American Land Conservancy works to protect Native American sacred sites and create healing landscapes in Southern California. It also works as an intertribal organization and works with different tribes to preserve important landscapes. Julia will work to learn about Chemehuevi understandings of landscape in order to critique new solar energy projects in the Eastern Mojave Desert. Julia will also be planning a 10-acre ethnobotanical garden in the Coachella Valley.
Juan will be at ProDESC (Project of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights) a public interest law and advocacy project in Mexico City. Juan will join the transnational justice team to work on the renegotiation of a contract between a rural community and a Canadian mining company - and to assist in an effort to organize the mine workers into a union. He will also work on a new strategy for organizing Mexican guest workers who work in the U.S. He will participate in fundraising, organize testimony and documents for domestic and international legal cases, and facilitate human rights trainings.
Margaret will be working at a new grassroots community organization in Esperanza, Dominican Republic. She will engage in community building amongst the Haitians and Dominico-Haitians denied citizenship and access to education, economic resources, and other social goods. Margaret will develop literacy curriculum and educational and recreational activities for street youth. Margaret will also assist with the development of a community bank and library, as well as with the effort to acquire birth certificates for children of Haitian descent born on Dominican soil. Margaret will help increase organizational capacity by building the Foundation’s professional identity as a human rights organization.
Travis will be working with PICUM, an organization that aims to promote the human rights of undocumented migrants within Europe by linking the grassroots level, where the experiences of undocumented migrants are most visible, with the European level, where policies related to migrants are deliberated. This approach mainstreams undocumented migrants' concerns into key policy debates and develops their capacity to engage in the realization of just and fair strategies. Travis will develop new policy and media contacts for the PICUM network, maintain a bulletin of global developments in migration policy and undocumented migrant rights and assist in research and logistical support for PICUM's yearly conference.
Katherine Jinyi Li
From housing, employment and family services to legal aid and political literacy workshops, France terre d'asile prepares migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers for conscious and active participation in French society. France terre d'asile also collaborates with other refugee and migrant rights organizations across the European Union under the regional project of CAP Integration. Katherine will film a series of personal "portraits" of program participants and will work in the provision of local services. She will do a comparative analysis between similar projects implemented in the U.S.A. and Canada.
Frank will be interning at the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana in the Political and Economic Section. Frank will work on a number of embassy initiatives, on issues ranging from youth unemployment, LGBTQ rights, gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS and sustainable development.
The RLP ensures fundamental human rights for asylum seekers, refugees, and internally displaced persons within Uganda. The RLP envisions a country that treats all people within its borders with the same standards of respect and social justice. Amanda will work with the Research and Advocacy Department in Gulu in northern Uganda. Her action-oriented research will focus on policy issues related to justice and forced migration. Additionally, Amanda will work with refugee children and their families, and the integration of refugees into local communities.
Kaci will work in the USAID Economic Growth Office at the U.S. Mission in Kampala, Uganda. Kaci will contribute to projects related to the Feed the Future global food security initiative, to encouraging stability and economic development in the northern Karamoja region, and to mitigating the environmental and human impacts of anticipated oil extraction in the Albertine Rift. For example, she will organize the Mission's first-ever Feed the Future All Partners Meeting to facilitate communication, clarification, and collaboration among implementing partners.
GCN Uganda is an NGO based in Kampala that works on girls' empowerment issues, primarily through girls’ clubs which provide resources such as career guidance, counseling, leadership training, and educational information. Helen's primary role will involve creating, disseminating, and presenting health information and materials (focusing on areas like reproductive health, HIV prevention, and nutritional health) to the clubs around Kampala. She will also assist with research, with a recently launched micro-loan program, and in administrative work.
The ACTV is an NGO dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights, with an emphasis on the treatment and rehabilitation of victims who were tortured by security agencies and armed groups. ACTV’s activities include legal redress, inspection of detention centers, medical treatment, physiotherapy, psychological counseling, and public awareness campaigns against torture. Matt will work with the research and documentation department on a report on gender violence in Uganda and will help prepare documents for future legal and public awareness efforts.
This summer Jennifer will be working in Cape Town at PASSOP to protect and promote the rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Jennifer will write reports and press statements and also work at developing a new gender rights program. Jennifer will do research, raise funds, and reach out to other NGOs and communities PASSOP works with on gender rights to spread information about the program and assess what PASSOP can do regarding these issues.
AORTIC focuses on the promotion of cancer control in Africa; it seeks to further research on cancer prevalent to Africa, raise public awareness, close disparities in treatment, overcome challenges in implementing cancer control and prevention programs, and support the management of training programs in oncology for healthcare workers. Priya will work on two projects: collecting life histories on the health status of women presenting with late stage and often terminal gynecological cancers – and conducting a situational analysis on the infrastructure, implementation, and extent of impact of national cancer control programs in the African continent in conjunction with the African Union.
Aatifa will focus on needs assessment and research for the Transitions Initiative, an awareness and service project to assist orphaned youth aging out of care. Aatifa will launch the pilot for Project Prepare, an orphanage-based curriculum to prepare youth to age out of care. She will work with local partners including Children's Heaven, AHOPE, and the Department of Social Work at Addis Ababa University and will write stories for IOFA publications.
Abena will be working with the WaterAid Country Program in Accra, Ghana. WaterAid is an international non-governmental organization that works to improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. WaterAid works with both local partners and governments to influence decision makers and maximize their impact. Abena will do policy work, research, and programming to promote the use of endogenous development as well as principles of equity and inclusion. She will explore the risks that toxic electronic waste dumping in West Africa poses to sanitation, water, and hygiene in urban communities.
Matel will conduct research for RADDHO on the human rights of the talibés in Senegal. Talibé signifies a boy who is forced to beg on the streets as part of his Koranic education. Most live in a daaras—a run-down shack that doubles as a Koranic school and is shared with up to 25-30 other boys. A teacher who receives the cash collected by the boys controls the daara. Their humid, cramped, airless living quarters provide ripe conditions for the spread of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. Treaties and conventions which prohibit the exploitation of children condemn these conditions but such instruments alone do not necessarily deter the abuse committed on children.
APIN is a PEPFAR-supported program with clinical coordination of Adult Retroviral treatment. APIN is hosted by the University of Ibadan, the oldest Nigerian University and home of University College Hospital. The APIN/UCH collaboration hosts international visitors—including premedical students, medical students, and postgraduate medical students. Onome’s project is to create the internship programs for international medical visitors, articulating the role each kind of visitor can play in the hospital setting as well as in rural visits. Onome will create an evaluation protocol to evaluate the experience for the visitor and the experience of APIN.
Shefali Agrawal will be interning at the State Department in Washington DC. She will work at the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs as a part of the Strategic Planning and Resources team.
Maham will work with Bangladeshi Member of Parliament MP Gini who chairs various women's rights sub-committees in Parliament. Maham will work with the Population Planning Programme which has a decidedly feminist approach and will also research the status of 300,000 refugees granted citizenship by the Dhaka High Court in 2008. She will focus on the bureaucratic and social factors that help or hinder the refugees in claiming their rights.
Akshaya will be an intern in the Economic Section at the US Embassy in Colombo. She will be working on economic development in post-war areas of Sri Lanka, primarily the northern and eastern provinces. She is interested in understanding how human rights and economic policies are balanced in US foreign policy.
Mission Australia Housing offers a pathway from homelessness to high quality housing to enable people to participate in their communities. Hadiya will ask tenants and stakeholders for feedback on tenant participation, incorporating housing projects in New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. She will work as an intermediary between local offices and the national office in Sydney to improve the standard of living and to ensure that tenants' needs are met.