Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) has successfully helped Haitians enforce their human rights since 2004. The Institute partners with Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) to support grassroots struggles for justice in Haiti and in the powerful countries abroad where decisions about Haitians’ rights are often made. IJDH and BAI combine traditional legal strategies with organizing, emerging technology, and public advocacy to address the root causes of instability and poverty in Haiti.
We fight for justice with routinely excellent legal work, but also with creativity, humility, inspiration and humor, and a supportive work culture. We effect broad changes with modest resources by nurturing large advocacy networks.
2018 Legal Internship
IJDH seeks legal interns to work on advocacy and legal cases, including our groundbreaking work to hold the UN accountable for introducing cholera to Haiti, and other human rights projects on an as-needed basis in partnership with IJDH’s Haiti-based sister organization, the BAI.
One of IJDH’s largest projects is UN cholera accountability advocacy. At the end of 2016, after years of litigation and advocacy by IJDH and BAI, the UN issued an unprecedented public apology for the organization’s role in causing the worst cholera epidemic in the world in Haiti, and announced the launch of a new $400 million plan to improve cholera elimination efforts and provide material assistance to victims.
The legal interns will assist IJDH to ensure that the UN plan is fully funded and implemented in a manner that responds to the organization’s legal obligations and the victims’ human rights. The Summer Legal Internship is an opportunity for highly-motivated law students to participate in developing high-level, cutting-edge advocacy strategies within the UN system and among member states, and to contribute to the design and implementation of a prospective reparations process. Read the full description of this internship opportunity HERE.
Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, short writing sample, and contact information for two references. Please send all application materials electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Legal Intern Summer 2018” in the subject line. Candidates are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible, but no later than February 28, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
This is an unpaid internship