Looking for Legal Experience in Human Rights? Opportunities for Law Students and Recent Grads!

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Amara Legal Center Seeking Spring Legal Intern, Due 11/18

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The Amara Legal Center is a legal services organization dedicated to providing free legal services to U.S. citizen survivors of sex trafficking and to sex workers in the DC metro area and is currently seeking an intern for the Spring 2016.

Intern duties include: Familiarizing him or herself with the law of expungement, custody, restraining orders, victim advocacy and public benefits in DC, Maryland and Virginia. All training materials will be given to the intern and the intern will receive intensive training on the areas of the law and the civil law process from Amara’s Director of Legal Services. After training, assisting Amara staff attorneys and pro-bono attorneys in general legal research for expungement of records cases, civil cases, criminal defense cases, and victim-witness advocacy. Writing a weekly blog post on issues surrounding Amara’s work.

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Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs! Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking Government Misconduct/Racial Justice Legal Intern, Due 11/20

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to policing practices, prisoners’ rights, immigration, racial discrimination, and national security issues.  Some of our cases include: Stop-and-frisk litigation; challenges to solitary confinement and other abusive and discriminatory prison practices; FOIA cases and litigation in support of immigrants’ rights; and challenges to NYPD surveillance of Muslims and racial discrimination in FDNY hiring.

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Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! La Isla Foundation Seeks Human Rights Research and Advocacy Intern for Spring 2016, Due 11/20

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Central America is being hit with an epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of nontraditional causes (CKDnT). The population most acutely affected by the epidemic are the sugarcane cutters working in the lowlands of Western Nicaragua. Recent research shows that there is a strong relationship between the sickness and work conditions. Research also shows that many of the same work conditions linked to CKDnT are also in violation of domestic and international laws protecting worker health and safety. For this reason, Profesionales para la Auditoría Social y Empresarial (PASE) has opened a Legal Services Office in Chinandega, Nicaragua focused on serving sugarcane workers, ex-sugarcane workers and their families. The PASE Legal Services Office grew out of a collaboration with La Isla Foundation (LIF), a non-profit organization aimed at tackling CKDnT.

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Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking International Human Rights Legal Intern, Due 11/20

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to corporate accountability, torture, detention, suppression of dissent, and anti-militarism and violations under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, and universal jurisdiction.  Some of our cases include: Challenge to abuse by private military contractors at Abu Ghraib; ATS case in support of LGBTI Ugandan organizers; challenges to repression of people for speech criticizing Israeli government policy against Palestine; advocacy in support of accountability and reparations for the Iraq War; FOIA litigation for information about the U.S. role in the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and the coup in Honduras; and human rights advocacy to challenge Catholic Church cover-up of sexual violence by priests.

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Attention Recent Grads! International Justice Resource Center Seeking International Human Rights Attorney, Due 11/30

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The International Justice Resource Center seeks a Staff Attorney to play an integral role in this growing, ambitious organization’s provision of information, guidance, and training in international human rights law and advocacy to victims and advocates around the world.

The Staff Attorney will play an active and supervisory role in IJRC’s three main program areas: developing informational resources (including legal handbooks, news articles, and educational materials); organizing trainings for attorneys and advocates; and, providing litigation and advocacy support to individuals and organizations (including procedural advice, analysis of international human rights law, and amicus curiae briefs and similar submissions).

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Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Seeks Summer Intern, Position Open Until Filled

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights seeks a legal intern to work with its international human rights litigation and advocacy programs for the 2016 spring semester (part time) and for summer 2016 (full time).

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated understanding (academic / research / work experience) of regional and international human rights law; working knowledge of the United Nations system (e.g. UN treaty bodies, special procedures, Universal Periodic Review, etc.) and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, etc.); an ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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Root & Rebound Seeking Staff Attorney, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis, Position Open Until Filled

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Founded in October of 2013, Root & Rebound is a California statewide reentry advocacy hub focused on building a strong model that promotes innovative, holistic, and creative solutions to solve the reentry crisis in California and the United States. Our mission is to increase access to justice and opportunity for people in reentry from prison and jail, and to educate and empower those who support them, fundamentally advancing and strengthening the reentry infrastructure across the state of California.

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for the day-to-day management, execution, and coordination of Root & Rebound’s legal education and trainings. In addition, the Staff Attorney will play an integral role in various programmatic efforts, including assisting with updates to the “Roadmap to Reentry” guide,  staffing the weekly reentry hotline, working on in-house legal services such as clinics, and helping the organization with its policy advocacy and litigation work. Root & Rebound seeks a candidate who is excited about working at an innovative and growing organization, and who has a desire to use his/her degree and legal education in a creative and dynamic way. The ideal candidate will be excited about practicing law as a reentry generalist across many areas and using public education as the central strategy to reaching the millions of Californians with a criminal record, and the 50,000 Californians who leave prison and jail each year.

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Attention Recent Grads! Sierra Club Seeking Associate Attorney for Environmental Law Program, Position Open Until Filled

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We are hiring one associate attorney in our Environmental Law Program in San Francisco for a two-year position, to begin in September 2016. The associate attorney will evaluate proposed Sierra Club environmental litigation, serve as a resource to chapters and volunteer entities, and assist in prosecuting litigation aimed at advancing the national Club’s top priority campaigns. The successful candidate will have 0-3 years experience, solid writing and analytical skills, strong interpersonal and consensus building skills, and good knowledge of environmental law. The Sierra Club values diversity in our staff.

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Advancement Project Seeking Staff Attorney for Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Program

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Advancement Project seeks a creative problem solver, strong racial justice advocate, and skilled attorney in its Washington D.C. office to serve as a Staff Attorney in our “Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track” Program.

The Staff Attorney will work with a team of attorneys and program staff to address the “School-to-Prison Pipeline,” namely the over-use of punitive school discipline and school policing policies and practices that push students – and especially students of color – out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The Staff Attorney will be expected to work closely with grassroots organizations representing communities of color around the country. The Staff Attorney will be expected to work collaboratively, using a variety of creative legal, policy, communications, and coalition-building strategies to assist our community partners in dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

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Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Seeking Young Center South Texas Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rightsinvites applications for the position of South Texas Staff Attorney to be based in Harlingen/Brownsville, Texas. The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (guardianad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country overseeing the work of Child Advocates pursuant to the TVPRA.

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Columbia Law School Releases New Practice Guide Addressing Gender-Based Violence

New Resource on Human Rights Approach to Gender-Based Violence in the United States

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By: JoAnn Kamuf, Bringing Human Rights Home

A new resource developed by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project and the University of Miami International Human Rights Clinic is now available.

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in the U.S.:  A Human Rights Based Approach & Practice Guide includes core human rights principles related to gender-based violence, as well as relevant treaties, case-law, related reports and organizational resources.   It also discusses recent developments in U.S. policy and the value added of human rights in the U.S. domestic context.  It can be accessed through this link or on our publications page.

This resource is an outgrowth of a DOJ-DOS sponsored roundtable held in April of this year and reflects the input of a number of network members and U.S. government representatives.  Building on conversations that took place at the roundtable, the Practice Guide offers concrete ideas for incorporating human rights into federal policy and practice.

What’s at Stake for Hong Kong?

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By: Scott Neuman, National Public Radio (NRP)

Masses of pro-democracy protesters continue to pack the streets in Hong Kong, defying police who have responded with tear gas. The demonstrators are angry that Beijing has insisted on vetting all candidates for the territory’s next chief executive.

Here’s a closer look at the issue and what’s at stake:

What Was In The Handover Agreement?

Hong Kong was designated a “special administrative region” within China and promised a “high degree of autonomy,” including the eventual election of its chief executive. Hong Kong people retained their own passports, making it easier for them to travel abroad than it was for their mainland counterparts. The territory has also retained the Hong Kong dollar as its currency and issues its own postage stamps, though Queen Elizabeth’s image no longer appears on either.

“The central government will not interfere,” Lu told People’s Daily, according to The Wall Street Journal. China touted its relationship with Hong Kong as “one country, two systems.”

Although Hong Kong’s first several chief executives were selected by a committee appointed by Beijing, China promised that the election of the territory’s leader would eventually be democratic.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit Carlos Barria (Reuters/Landov).

UN Climate Summit 2014 Yields Mass Public Mobilization, Political Commitments as Participants Hope to Lay Groundwork for Global Climate Change Treaty

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By: International Justice Resource Center

The much anticipated one-day Climate Summit 2014 took place this Tuesday, September 23 at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, marking the international community’s latest effort to address climate change. Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Climate Summit 2014 aimed to engage world leaders and encourage international action to slow climate change. Governments at the Summit were expected to produce “concrete initiatives” and discuss ways to lower industrial emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases that contribute to the heating of the planet.  The primary purpose of Climate Summit 2014 is to generate momentum for a global agreement on climate change in 2015.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit: Mark Garten/UN Photo

Update: Public & Private Solutions to Providing Legal Aid for Unaccompanied Minors

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By: ABA Access to Justice Blog

In early August “U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made an impassioned plea to U.S. law firms…to free up attorneys to help deal with the surge of Central American children who have entered the country illegally by providing more pro bono representation…  Biden urged lawyers to step up and help deal with a backlog of court cases.”

Since then, government (on all levels), law firms, and other private-sector actors are reacting to the glut of unaccompanied minors who are being processed through the U.S.’s byzantine immigration system without legal counsel.  Here’s the underlying problem as reported by the Press Democrat:

Border patrol agents picked up more than 66,000 unaccompanied children, most of them from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, along the southern U.S. border between Oct. 1, 2013, and the end of last month. They were turned over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, then underwent medical checks and were given immunizations before being placed in shelters or with relatives and sponsors.

Those shelters and other living accommodations are scattered throughout the U.S. So the question has arisen about how to ensure that unaccompanied minors have access too legal services.

Continue reading here.