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Victoria Rietig - Human trafficking and human rights in Mexico City, Tapachula, and Ciudad Juarez
Victoria Rietig, conducted field research on human trafficking and human rights in Mexico City, Tapachula (Chiapas), and Ciudad Juarez (Chihuahua). For her project entitled “Human Trafficking: Institutional Framework”, she interviewed government officials, representatives of the UN system, NGO workers, and human rights activists about their work on human trafficking. Based on the quantitative and qualitative data she obtained, she is currently publishing the results of her work in academic journals. Her analyses focus on gaps in cooperation, perception of corruption, and organized crime and violence as a hindrance to anti-trafficking efforts.
Tim Marlowe - Child Rescue, project to stop trafficking of minors
Tim used his Carr Center Summer Fellowship to work with the Canadian non-profit Child Rescue to help launch a U.S.-wide campaign against domestic human trafficking of minors. Much of Tim's work involved research of current anti-human trafficking statutes in each of the 50 states, in addition to pending legislation. As the campaign was looking to encourage youth advocacy and organization for children, Tim also spent much time interviewing and collaborating with employees of organizations with a history of successful youth organization, including Free the Children and Advocates for Youth. Tim's final product was a national campaign synthesis, presented to Child Rescue in August of 2011.
Susanna Groves - U.S. Department of Labor, OFCT
Susanna Groves, MPP'11, interned with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OFCT). Her summer was spent researching and writing country profiles for two annual reports mandated by the U.S. Congress on child labor and forced labor.
Sangjoon Lee -details forthcoming...
Shino Saruta - International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva
Shino Saruta, MPP'10, interned with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, a UN agency dedicated to working with member states in promoting decent work. Ms. Saruta's internship developed case studies on the role of businesses addressing forced labor which will also be included in an ILO handbook. Ms. Saruta also conducted research on business engagement in support of building the ILO's Global Business Alliance.
Yohan Lee - details forthcoming...
Megan Carroll - Noor Al Hussein Foundation Institute for Family Health, Jordan
Megan worked as an intern at the Noor Al Hussein Foundations Institute for Family Health in Amman, Jordan. Anticipating a career in refugee advocacy, Megan was excited to have the opportunity to work in Jordan for, in her words, “it provided invaluable exposure and new perspectives on the Middle East, especially given its geographic location and political role in the region.” Jordan's need for trained refugee workers was particularly particularly strong as, at the time, there were an estimated 800,000 Iraqis are living in Jordan, country who's native population was just over 6 million.
Syon Bhanot - Center for Economic and Social Rights, Spain
Synon worked as an intern at the Center for Economic and Social Rights in Madrid, Spain. CESR is an international NGO that conducts research on and advocates for human rights. Specifically, CESR works to promote the enforcement of international economic and social rights obligations as a means of addressing inequality and poverty. Synon was involved in research for two CESR country projects:, an exploration of inequality and development in Equatorial Guinea, and a case study illustrating the need for a human rights approach to address various forms of inequality.
Jana King – Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Center, American University in Cairo
Jana worked on “A Social Profile and Analysis of Migrant Domestic Workers in Cairo” during summer 2007. This survey aims to document and analyze migrant domestic workers’ conditions of employment, as well as the conditions under which migrant domestic workers migrated to Egypt and entered into domestic work. Jana pursued this internship because she wanted to analyze the human rights violations that migrants and refugees face in the context of this unregulated, often hidden line of work, and to learn methods for conducting a large-scale interview-based survey.
Meritxell Martinez – UNICEF Intern, Benin
Meritxell worked on the UNICEF program EDUCOM that is geared toward increasing the access to school for girls and their retention in the education system. Meritxell’s internship focused on doing research on a number of interventions within EDUCOM, evaluating them qualitatively and discussing their extension or closure. Her research was geographically limited to Northern Benin, the most poverty-stricken part of the country.
Naveed Malik – UNICEF Intern, Haiti
Naveed interned with the Child Protection section of UNICEF Haiti with the goal of presenting a roadmap for increasing efficacy in UNICEF programming and interventions for children affected by armed violence. Naveed conducted desk research on the global issues of children and organized armed violence (COAV) and children and armed conflict (CAAC), held discussions with NGOs operating in Haiti, and compared the Haiti office’s programming to UNICEF’s broader framework and to international standards and norms.
Christopher Ramezanpour – Africare, Zambia
Christopher worked with Africare, an organization dedicated to improving the living standards of poor communities in Africa, on supporting programs in agriculture and youth livelihood development. During his time in Zambia, he met with a number of organizations involved in agriculture development, including CARE International, Catholic Relief Services, UN FAO, Oxfam, and Zambia National Farmers Union, allowing him to develop a better picture of the challenges facing small-scale farmers in Zambia, as well as some of the opportunities for the future.
Roshan Paul – Redepaz, Colombia
Redepaz is an award-winning human rights organization in Colombia that brings together various voices for peace under one umbrella so that they have a common, more effective platform for the protection of human rights and the development of a peaceful solution to conflict. Roshan worked as an observer and is writing a case-study on the organization to be used as a teaching aid at Harvard. Roshan conducted interviews with other leading human rights organizations and others, such as the US State Department, the Ministry of Defense, and USAID to better understand all the forces at work in Colombia.
Yekaterina Spassova – International Labor Office, Geneva
Yekaterina’s internship was hosted by the Trends Team of the Employment Department of the International Labor Office in Geneva and focused the production of the fifth edition of the Key Indicators of Labor Market (KILM) publication. The Trends Team supports world wide timely planning of labor strategies and monitoring of progress in these labor policies. The KILM is primarily targeted at a range of users, from policy makers to economics students, and aims to present the most basic and essential set of labor market indicators and analysis and to improve the availability of indicators to assess the course of future trends.
Rosa Klein – UNICEF, Suriname
Rosa worked with UNICEF Suriname to conduct an analysis of the Surinamese education budget and to develop a tool for citizens to analyze government spending in the social sector. Suriname spends a large percentage of its budget on education, yet it is plagued by a nearly 50% rate of failure of primary school graduation examinations and increasing reports of fraud by government officials. Noting these challenges, UNICEF will utilize Rosa’s work to increase civil society participation and monitoring of the budget process.
Katherine Randall – UNICEF, India
Katherine worked with the KCCI internship case studies program, a UNICEF India initiative under the umbrella of the Knowledge Community on Children in India (KCCI). KCCI aims to fill knowledge gaps and promote information sharing on policies and programs related to children in India. Specifically, Katherine worked with several other interns to evaluate the Village Planning (VP) Intervention, a Government of Uttar Pradesh and UNICEF initiative. VP Intervention is a five-day participatory exercise which aims to empower the community with the skills to identify problems it faces and to build bridges to service providers in order to solve those problems. While, as Katherine puts it, the VP Intervention is widely seen as a success, Katherine’s team addressed several weaknesses of the program and provided suggestions for improvement in their report.
Kristel Tonstad, MPP '07 worked with UNICEF Georgia on Advocacy and Social Monitoring of Child Rights. Her job was to research decentralization efforts in Georgia and create a regional development framework for UNICEF. She researched the activities of the government and international organizations in the 11 regions of Georgia and the capital Tbilisi in the area of child rights. She identified gaps in protection of child rights in five regions in Georgia. Kristel's work also involved making recommendations for how UNICEF can participate more actively in the decentralization-process politically, administratively, financially, socially and economically—focusing on the protection of child rights. She was able to visit various regions of Georgia for interviews with local government officials and NGO's. Kristel also traveled to the conflict zones with UNICEF Staff (Pankisi gorge and Abkhazia) to assess health centers and look for possible UNICEF contributions.
Andrew Wehrley, MPA/MBA '08 worked this past summer as an intern with the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), a cross-ministry agency mandated by President Karzai to promote investment and develop competitive private enterprise in Afghanistan to raise the living standards of the Afghan people. As a leader in private-sector growth, AISA is promoting human rights and equality by generating employment and helping entrepreneurs secure property and capital. Andrew spent his summer completing two projects: 1) researching, analyzing data, and writing the paper “Correlating employment with human rights and security in Afghanistan” (attached), and 2) creating a “pitch book” for Afghanistan’s natural resources industries (e.g. oil, gas, copper) in order to attract foreign direct investment from reputable and long-term minded companies.
Negar Azimi, MPP '06 worked with the Cairo-based Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, focusing on the systematic state-endorsed persecution of gay men in Egypt from 2001 to the present.
Anuradha Bhagwati, MPP '06 worked at Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND) in East Jerusalem, assisting in providing human rights training to Palestinian forces as part of a project to help the transition of the Palestinian National Authority to democratic law enforcement.
Emily Greenspan, MPP '06 worked with Racimos de Ungurahui and the World Wildlife Fund to develop a report that includes detailed information on five transnational companies with a presence in Peru, in an effort to support indigenous community efforts to promote compliance with Peruvian law and international standards.
Farrah Musani, MPP '06 worked with the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development and the Queen Zein Al-Sharaf Institute for Development, promoting rights-based collective action among poor women to address gender equity.
Chaim Motzen, MPP '06 was awarded a grant to conduct research on tribal issues involving the Rizeigat tribe in Darfur.
Ajmal Ahmady , MPA/ID’05, worked with the Assistant Country Director at United Nations Development Program in Afghanistan. His work focused on public sector reform and stabilization programs that concentrate on local administration.
Alice Farmer , MPP’05, was a legal intern in the Legal Aid Clinic for Women at the American Refugee Committee, Guinea. She prepared cases for the clinic, which offers free legal services to refugee women, specifically targeting gender-based violence.
Sarah Horsley , MPP’05, worked as a policy intern in the Women and Work Programme at The National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI) in Johannesburg, South Africa. There she investigated the extent to which unionists and other civil society actors utilize the framework of economic and social rights to press for anti-poverty and gender policies.
Sreemati Mitter , MPP’05, interned for the Media and Information Program at MIFTAH (The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy). There she evaluated the effect of the barrier on Palestinian refugees.
Peter Greer, MPP '04
Peter Greer worked with CARE International-Zimbabwe to strengthen a local microfinance institution currently facing organizational crisis.
Margo Kaplan, MPP '04
Margo Kaplan brought her legal skills to the aid of the International Center for Transitional Justice.
Naina Patel, MPP '04
Naina Patel worked to strengthen local democracy and government in Afghanistan through the Solidarity Program of the Islamic Transitional State of Afghanistan.
Leila Saad, MPP '04
Leila Saad worked with the media and information program at MIFTAH (The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy).
Lucy Aitkens, MPP '03
“The Establishment of Free Legal Services for Bangladeshi Women in London”