Every quarter, PHRGE sponsors three human rights fellowships at partnering organizations. Students may apply to any one of our five partner organizations but only three fellowships will be awarded. PHRGE also awards one "Open Fellowship" for a student to work at a an organization of their choice provided the position advance human rights. Each Fellowship includes a stipend of $3,500 each.
Current PHRGE Fellows
Carly Erickson,'15 at Phycisians for Human Rights
Natalie Higgins,'14 at Human Rights Law Network
Gabrielle Pingue,'15 at Center for Law Education
Leah Tedesco,'15 at National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Fellowship Partner Organizations
PHRGE employers are among the most effective ESC rights organizations in the world.
Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in New Delhi, India: HRLN is a collective of lawyers and social activists dedicated to the use of the legal system to advance human rights. The organization collaborates with social movements, human rights organizations, and grass-roots development groups to enforce the rights of children, Dalits, people with disabilities, farmers, HIV positive people, the homeless, indigenous people, prisoners, refugees, religious and sexual minorities, women, and workers, among others. HRLN provides pro bono legal services, conducts public interest litigation, engages in advocacy, conducts legal awareness programs, investigates violations, publishes “know your rights” materials, and participates in campaigns. Students at HRLN work on the legal and social aspects of public interest initiatives, thereby allowing them to develop skills and an insight into how law and social activism, when combined, can achieve practical benefits for working people and the poor.
Maryland Legal Aid Bureau (MDLAB) in Baltimore, MD: MDLAB is a state-wide non-profit law firm that has provided quality legal services to low-income individuals and is the first legal services organization in the country to adopt a human rights framework. In doing so, it has been an incubator of ideas, analysis and action on how best to harness in a practical way the set of potentially game-changing tools, and strategies provided by international human rights in advocating for real change in the lives of the poor and disenfranchised. MDLAB seeks to incorporate human rights norms, language and strategies into its domestic work to help re-frame debates, advocate for holistic approaches and advance the recognition and protection of basic human rights. Students at MDLAB collaborate with the MDLAB Project Director to ensure a full integration of human rights methodologies into every aspect of work done at MDLAB, including litigation, trainings, community outreach materials, staff – client relationships and office systems.
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) in Washington, DC: The mission of NLCHP is to serve as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to prevent and end homelessness. To achieve its mission, the organization pursues three main strategies: impact litigation, policy advocacy and public education. NLCHP strives to place homelessness in the larger context of poverty. By taking this approach, the organization aims to address homelessness as a visible manifestation of deeper causes, including the shortage of affordable housing, insufficient income and inadequate social services. Students work on NLCHP’s human rights projects, including working with local housing commissions to embrace a human right to housing, litigating human rights issues with local lawyers and raising U.S. homelessness and poverty issues in international fora.
Oxfam-America in Boston: Oxfam-America is a leading international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam-America saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. It is one of the 14 affiliates in the international confederation, Oxfam. Students work in the Private Sector Engagement Unit, which addresses human rights and corporate responsibility issues. Previous NUSL student work has involved defining the human rights obligations of multinational corporations, participating in a multi-stakeholder initiative on governance and contributing to the movement on socially responsible investment.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) in Boston: Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice, and promotes the right to health for all. PHR (1) advocates for fair treatment of asylum seekers and immigration detainees and staffs a network of 300 health professionals who conduct forensic examinations of individuals seeking asylum in the U.S.; (2) documents torture around the world including the systematic use of torture by U.S. personnel against detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and Bagram; and (3) promotes the right to health for individuals in state custody. Students provide legal support to PHR’s Asylum Program Director, for example, preparing briefing materials on torture under international human rights law for presentations at medical schools, drafting articles on immigration detention and the right to health and participating in investigations and policy work on the lack of adequate health care for immigration detainees.
PHRGE "Open" Fellowship Host Organizations
Students interested in pursuing a co-op with one of these host organizations can contact email@example.com for more information. PHRGE cannot guarantee placement with one of these organizations but recommends them for consideration. Students who organize a co-op with an organization not listed below will also be considered for the Open Fellowship.
Action Program for Equality and Social Inclusion (PAIIS), Bogota Colombia
Asia Foundation, Manila, Philippines
Centre for Disability Law and Policy, Galway, Ireland
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Brussels, Belgium
Peace Tones, Cambridge, MA
Namati: Washington D.C.
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Current Opportunities with Namati are now available!)
Perseus Strategies, Washington D.C.
Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (ProDESC), Mexico City, Mexico
Rich Coast Project, Caribe Sur, Costa Rica
Safe Horizon, New York City, NY