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Sophia Laster

This summer, I will be working with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in Cape Town, South Africa. With roots in the apartheid-period struggle for peace and justice in South Africa, CSVR has been working to analyze and address intra-societal conflict and violence since 1989. Over the last two decades, CSVR has worked with other NGOs and regional institutions across Africa to develop policy-based solutions to a wide range of forms of violence and conflict and to promote its goal of a society that is peaceful, equal, and free of violence. My internship will focus on creating and revising country studies for use in policy and advocacy work with the African Union and the African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights.