Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Summer 2016 Ella Baker Internship

2L Applications Due: October 23, 2015
1L Applications Due: December 18, 2015


The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)  created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. The program uses a combination of theory and practice to train talented and committed law students on how to work alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals. The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) is one of four sites hosting the CCR Ella Baker program.  Interns will likely work primarily on ground-breaking litigation and advocacy seeking accountability from the United Nations (UN) for introducing cholera to Haiti.  This work is done in collaboration with our Haiti-based affiliate, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI). Interns may have an opportunity to travel to Haiti for 1-2 weeks to work directly with the attorneys and apprentices at BAI.


Students in the Ella Baker program are hosted at four sites: Miami, FL; New York City, NY; New Orleans, LA; and Boston, MA. Each site offers students the opportunity to work at a legal organization where collaboration with social movements and community organizations is emphasized.  CCR has stitched these sites together in a single program to expose students to the unique opportunities and challenges of social justice lawyering in different cities, institutions with unique and varying political histories and contexts.

Ella Baker interns in Boston work with IJDH and are supervised by IJDH attorneys. IJDH and BAI, have over 17 years of demonstrated success enforcing Haitians’ human rights, in Haiti and abroad. IJDH works in four areas: 1) impact litigation that opens the doors of Haitian, international and U.S. courts to precedent-setting human rights cases; 2) documentation that provides public officials, human rights advocates, and grassroots activists the reliable information they need to speak up for human rights in Haiti; 3) transnational grassroots advocacy that compels governments and powerful institutions in Haiti and abroad to respect Haitians’ human rights; and 4) systemic capacity building that develops a corps of Haitian human rights lawyers and advocates trained to fight for sustainable change in their country.   Due to the dynamic and fast-paced nature of legal work in Haiti, interns must demonstrate language proficiency in French or Kreyol; however, students with proficiency in both languages are preferred.

For more information about the other sites, please visit CCR’s website.


The internship will begin on June 6, 2016 and end on August 12, 2016. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks. All students will be asked to attend an Orientation  and a Final Debrief in New York City.


  • First year or second year law student;
  • Excellent legal research and oral/written communication skills
  • Experience and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice, organizing and/or social movements ;
  • Familiarity with issues surrounding racial justice, gender justice, civil rights,  international human rights, national security law
  • Site specific requirement: Fluency in either Kreyol or French required (both are preferred)


Follow this link to complete the application process. In additional to completing the online form, you must upload the following documents as a single PDF in order for your application to be considered complete:

  • Cover Letter (please be sure to include information about your site preferences)
  • Resume
  • Three references with contact information

Note: If granted an interview, applicants may also be asked to submit a short legal writing sample.


Because we have limited resources, CCR strongly advises applicants to make every effort to secure their own funding. Possible sources of funding include: your law school; your local Bar Foundation; Equal Justice America, etc. CCR may be able to provide funding only for those who have demonstrated that they have been diligent in seeking alternate funds but have been unsuccessful.


If you have specific questions about the Ella Baker Program, please contact Mr. An-Tuan Williams  at  awilliams@ccrjustice.orgBut, please no e-mail inquiries or phone calls about the status of your application!

Contact IJDH

Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Telephone: (617) 652-0876
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