Voices from the Field: 2019 Student Summer Blogs

Our interns blog throughout the summer as they contribute their talents, enthusiastic energy, and skills to international projects around the globe.

Click on the links to read their posts!

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National Center for State Courts International Programs Division

Arlington, Virginia

This summer, I will be working with the National Center for State Courts International Programs Division. This organization works with donor agencies, host-country governments, and civil society organizations to promote equal justice and judicial independence at a global level. This summer, I will be contributing to various rule of law projects that will provide technical assistance, training, and technology to empower communities and improve the quality of justice systems around the world. Click here to read about my summer!

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Winrock Countering Trafficking in Persons

Bangladesh

This summer, I will be working with Winrock International's Countering Trafficking in Persons division. I will be working collaboratively with TIP to reduce the prevalence of human trafficking and child marriage in Bangladesh by strengthening awareness, improving victims' access to assistance, and partnering with community leaders to increase responsiveness. Click here to read about my summer!

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Beijing Children's Legal Aid and Research Center

Beijing, China

This summer, I will be working with Beijing Children's Legal Aid and Research Center. BCLARC is China's first NGO specializing in children's rights. BCLARC plays a leading role in encouraging and guiding lawyers to participate in child welfare protection, among many other roles. This summer, I will assist BCLARC by performing research concerning global children's advocacy efforts. Click here to read about my summer!

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International Bridges to Justice: Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This summer, I will be working with International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) in Cambodia. IBJ seeks to ensure that criminal defenders reach and respond to communities in need through a program of support that includes training sessions and public awareness events. IBJ seeks in particular to prevent torture and lengthy pre-trial detention. My internship will focus on implementing a smartphone app that connects those accused of crimes with attorneys. Click here to read about my summer!

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Anna Nicholson
Open Development Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This summer, I will be working with Open Development Cambodia in Phnom Penh, an "open-data" organization dedicated to compiling freely available information about Cambodia and its economic and social development to the public. I'll be researching issues surrounding developing Cambodia's coastal natural resources in a sustainable and socially responsible way. Click here to read about my summer!

 

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Office of the General Counsel/United States Agency for International Development

Washington, D.C.

This summer, I will be working with the USAID Office of the General Counsel, which provides legal advice and guidance for the agency's operations worldwide. I will be assigned to the agency's headquarters, where I will conduct legal research, write memoranda, and draft legal documents. I will also work closesly with the Enforcement and Litigation Division. Click here to read more about my summer!

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Dorothy Canevari
Supreme Court Chambers of the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This summer, I will provide judicial support by drafting documents, cite checking, and attending court hearings of the ECCC, which is charged with prosecuting senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge for genocide and crimes against humanity occurring between April 1975 and January 1979. Click here to read more about my summer!

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Jamie Seibert
International Bridges to Justice: Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland

This summer, I will be working with International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) in Geneva. IBJ develops and provides educational resources to defense attorneys and other organizations working in countries that use pre-trial detention and torture in their criminal justice systems. IBJ provides these resources as a way to help individuals currently suffering in the criminal justice system and to eventually eradicate the use of pre-trial torture across the globe. Click here to read about my summer!

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HamroSamman: Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

This summer, I will be working with HamroSamman. I will be partnering with local government, civil society, and private sector efforts to combat human trafficking in Nepal through researching policy issues, improving support services for trafficking survivors, and raising awareness within at-risk populations. Click here to read about my summer!

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John Lanning
Democracy for Development

Pristina, Kosovo

This summer, I will be working with Democracy for Development in Kosovo. I will be working to improve election transparency and enhance the democratic process in Kosovo. I will work on various policy assignments to assist key stakeholders in the Kosovo democratic process and ensure free and fair elections occur in the nation. Click here to read about my summer!

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USAID CITIES Program Advisory Unit to Government of Jordan Inter-Ministerial Committe for Decentralization

Amman, Jordan

This summer, I will work with the CITIES Community Engagement, Cohesion, and Resilience Team on projects related to government transparency and accountability. I will travel throughout Jordan and talk to communities to find innovative and sustainable ways to both improve how municipalities deliver services to their constituents and how to develop closer relationships between citizens and their government. Click here to read about my summer!

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Katherine Sorrell
Central and Eastern European Law Institute

Prague, Czech Republic

This summer, I will be working for the CEELI Institute in Prague. The CEELI Institute is dedicated to work across the world with human rights advocates, including journalists, activists, and lawyers. I will assist in providing training materials to lawyers working to implement more just processes in their home countries, whether in Europe, the Middle East, or other parts of the world. I will also have the opportunity to spend time with human rights advocates who are in residence at the CEELI Institute through its respite program, and I will work closely with CEELI's leadership on enhancing communications, fundraising, and other operations. Click here to read about my summer!

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International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

Yangon, Myanmar

This summer, I will be working with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. I will be supporting International IDEA's democratic and electoral reform efforts in Myanmar and will contribute to the MyConstitution Project. Through MyConstitution, IDEA partners with local organizations and government stakeholders to advance democratic constitution-building. Click here to read about my summer!

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Layla Abi-Falah
UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, The Hague

The Hague, Netherlands

This summer, I will be working with the Appeals Division of the Office of the Prosecutor within the International Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) in the Hague. The Mechanism is mandated to handle the remaining cases and appeals from the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, which I will be taking part in as an intern. Click here to read about my summer!

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Lea Mano
United States Institute of Peace

Washington, D.C.

This summer, I will be working for the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. USIP is a federal institution focused on promoting conflict prevention and resolution. USIP works closely with local communities in order to foster global stability, develop sustainable peace, and promote the rule of law. The institute's philosophy is that a world without violent conflict is not only warranted, but essential for the United States' security. Click here to read about my summer!

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Lily Cusack
International Bridges to Justice: Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda

This summer, I will be working at International Bridges to Justice in Kigali, Rwanda. I will be conducting research and attending conferences in support of IBJ's mission in Rwanda to guarantee legal representation to the country's most vulnerable citizens and raise awareness for comprehensive legal reform. She will be helping the office to ensure that political leaders and ordinary citizens alike have the necessary tools and knowledge to provide basic due process rights for everyone. Click here to read about my summer!

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Mechelle King
Legal Resources Centre

Cape Town, South Africa

This summer, I will be working with the LRC. The Legal Resources Centre's vision is inspired by their history, the Constitution of South Africa and international human rights standards. They are committed to a fully democratic society based on the principle of substantive equality and to ensure that the principles, rights, and responsibilities enshrined in their national Constitution are respected, promoted, protected and fulfilled. I will be interning with LRC's Regional Director and working to promote this vision. Click here to read about my summer!

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Melanie Dostis
Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network

Atlanta, Georgia

This summer, I will be working with the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN). Based in Atlanta, the organization provides free legal representation to asylum seekers and immigrant victims of crimes and persecution, including human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Beyond its legal services, GAIN offers mentorship to lawyers navigating the immigration court system and additionally connects clients with community resources for their non-legal needs. As an intern, I am grateful for the opportunity to spend a summer gaining the skills to become a citizen lawyer. Click here to read about my summer!

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Patrick Grene
PUSaKO and the Constitutional Court of Indonesia

Jakarta and Padang, Indonesia

This summer, I will be working with the Constitutional Court and PUSaKO researchers to examine the results of the 2019 general elections, investigating the electoral process and determining the implications for the ongoing processes of democratization in Indonesia. Click here to read about my summer!

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Paul Johnson
Open Development Mekong

Myanmar

This summer, I will be working with Open Development Mekong. Through legal research, I will help promote the mission of Open Development to provide open, transparent, and apolitical information regarding social and economic development to a variety of stakeholders in the Mekong region. Click here to read about my summer!

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Rachel Morley
Center for Legal Aid and Regional Development

Pristina, Kosovo

This summer, I will be working with the Center for Legal Aid and Regional Development in Kosovo. I will be helping to facilitate access to justice for marginalized segments of the population, including refugees, minorities, and other vulnerable groups. Additionally, she will be helping to organize public campaigns and trainings related to the establishment of the rule of law and the fostering of social and economic inclusion. Click here to read about my summer!

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Ryan Lohrengel
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance & Constitution Building Processes Programme

The Hague, Netherlands

This summer, I will be working at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Development (IDEA). My internship is with IDEA's Constitution Building Processes Programme at the Hague. There, I will be working on a comparative analysis of different constitutional systems in order to aid post-conflict countries develop democratic systems tailored to their unique culture and needs. Click here to read about my summer!

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Tessa Tigar-Cross
International Bridges to Justice: Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland

This summer, I will be working with International Bridges to Justice in Geneva, Switzerland. IBJ works to ensure due process rights for individuals in developing countries, and ensuring fair trials to individuals by speaking with stakeholders and training lawyers on the ground. I will work on writing grant proposals for funding, and will be researching and writing a training manual for lawyers in a developing country. Click here to read about my summer!

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Tyler Braun
Winrock International Child Protection Compact Program

Jamaica

This summer, I will contribute to eliminating exploitative child labor practices by assessing and mapping services that are most needed in local communities and working to create and improve new shelter spaces. Click here to read more about my summer!

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Yasmine Palmer
International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

The Hague, Netherlands

Click here to read more about my summer!