Thursday, January 13, 2011
Public Advocacy and Outreach
Internship Description: The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch is seeking an intern to assist the New York office’s Director of Public Advocacy and Outreach with responsibilities including, but not limited to, event support and coordination of donor trips involving travel research, logistics and country background; calendar coordination; and research in public advocacy projects.
The intern will also assist the New York Committee of the Development and Outreach Department with responsibilities including, but not limited to, event support in the lead up to the 2011 International Film Festival in June; major gifts donor cultivation; acknowledgment letters and other correspondence; and updating and maintaining department databases and files.
This internship is best suited for those individuals interested in gaining experience in a large, well-organized, international non-profit organization. Interns will gain knowledge in research, event management, fundraising, and knowledge of the organization's priority human rights issues. Responsibilities will include: supporting Development staff and donors including preparing materials for donor trips to further the education of donors and Board members about their philanthropic investment; providing logistical and administrative support for substantive donor travel to conferences, international board meetings, and advocacy meetings in selected countries, including a biennial donor delegation trip to Washington, DC and an annual international Board of Directors meeting; and conducting research for a high level campaign on civilian protection and respect for the laws of war to reach influential civil society leaders, journalists and philanthropists. In order to provide a valuable and well-rounded internship experience, interns will attend planning and department meetings with staff and will have the opportunity to take advantage of in-house trainings and briefings.
This position begins in February and will last until July, possibly extending through the year (as significant training will be invested, we ask for a verbal commitment for this time period). The position may have flexible hours within the 9-6weekday office hours for a minimum of 25 hours/week and 2-3 days/week.
Internships are unpaid, although work-study funds are available. Students may arrange academic credit and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.
Applicants should be detail-oriented, well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in international human rights. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required. Internet research skills and familiarity with MS Office programs, such as Word and Excel, are a must. Data entry experience and familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or other databases are desirable. Relevant coursework is highly desirable. Candidates should have a strong interest in human rights.
How to Apply:
Please apply immediately by sending a letter of interest, resume, names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample (no calls or email inquiries, please) to email@example.com. Please use “Public Advocacy and Outreach” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Timo Muller (Public Advocacy and Outreach)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.
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Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: NYU Kimmel Center 7th Floor Lobby
Humanus, the NYU Journal of Human Rights, is hosting a journal release party for our newest edition. We will have a table in the 7th Floor Lobby of Kimmel where you can pick up an issue & THERE WILL BE FREE PIZZA! We would love to have you all stop by and let us know what you think about this semester's issue.
Hope to see you all there :)
Monday, November 29, 2010
The Stocktaking Report 2010 reviews advances made in the four areas of HIV and AIDS that affect children and highlights key steps towards achieving an AIDS-free generation. The report is issued by UNICEF and its partners (UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA, WHO).
One major finding is that most countries have made important gains in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and in paediatric treatment. Some countries have made progress towards HIV prevention goals, and more AIDS-affected children are benefiting from protection, care and support services, but much more remains to be done.
The report will be launched at a press conference in New York with news embargoed until 10AM US EST (15:00 GMT), 30 November 2010.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010; 11am to 12pm
UNICEF House, Danny Kaye Visitors Centre; 3 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017
Mr. Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
Ms Vanessa Redgrave, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Mr. Jimmy Kolker, Chief of HIV/AIDS programme, UNICEF
Dr Paul De Lay, Deputy Executive Director for Programme, UNAIDS
Dr Ying-Ru Lo, Coordinator for prevention in the Health Sector, HIV/AIDS Department,
Dr George Tembo, Chief of HIV and AIDS programme, UNFPA
Ms. Christine Alfsen, Senior Science Program Specialist, UNESCO
Roshan Khadivi, UNICEF New York; 212 326 7270, firstname.lastname@example.org
Genine Babakian, UNICEF New York; 212 326 7553, email@example.com
Sophie Barton-Knott, UNAIDS Geneva; +41 22 791 1697, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tunga Namjilsuren, WHO Geneva; + 41 79 203 3176, email@example.com
Omar Gharzeddine, UNFPA New York; +1 212 297 5028, firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria Kalinin, UNESCO Paris; +33 1 45 68 18, email@example.com
Friday, October 15, 2010
The SCHEF Organization stands for Shelter, Clothing, Health care, Education and Food. SCHEFO is an organization that brings these basic but essential needs to the Buduburam Refugee camp, located 27 miles outside of Accra, Ghana. Buduburam is a refugee camp that opened in 1990 to accommodate for the stream of refugees from the First Liberian Civil War. Originally run by the United Nationals High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), funding has since been pulled and the refugees are living in horrid conditions.
Camilla Hermann, a New York University student in Gallatin for Individualized Study, is one of the founders of SCHEFO and speaks about how the program started, what they are working on and where they are going. Along side Elizabeth Glaeser and Anna Bjerknes, SCHEFO is aiming to provide assistance where assistance is needed the most.
Q: What is the mission/purpose of your organization? How does your organization work to fix the problems and achieve your mission goals?
Camilla: SCHEFO provides Shelter, Clothing, Health care, Education and Food to the Buduburam Refugee Camp. Our primary initiative is The Teaching Kitchen, a sanctuary where single mothers and their children learn to cook a nutritious meals and receive basic education as well as vocational skills training. This education would provide them with skills and tools to build better lives.
We concentrate on providing women with the tools necessary to be self-sufficient. Most of women face a language barrier because they can’t speak Twi or Ga, which are the two main languages used by Ghanaians for business. Additionally, it is hard for women to obtain the proper materials and be taught the skills to run a business to save money for their families. Due to their circumstances, many of the women are involved in the commercial sex trade in the Tema area of Ghana. They are routinely abused and raped by the men who pay for their time and it is impossible to earn more than enough for one meal in a day. SCHEFO is their last hope. In our upcoming documentary, Keith Kortu, our executive office, talks about his conversations with these women and the need they express for The Teaching Kitchen.
Q: How does your organization work to fix the problems and achieve your mission goals?
C: The Teaching Kitchen works with 100 women and their children for 6 months and then rotates and a new group of women and children come in. The families come in everyday and learn how to cook the food through our communal cooking program.
Additionally, SCHEFO provides educational seminars for the women on domestic violence, HIV/Aids, malaria prevention, sexual violence, and other topics that are pertinent issues on the camp. For the kids, we are working with other organizations based both on and off the camp. We want to give the children the same holistic support and capacity building opportunities as their mothers will receive. Our goal is to adopt a model similar to that of Ragball International, although ideally we will be able to partner with this incredible organization in the near future.
Although schools exist on the camp, they all cost money, and most of the refugees we work with cannot afford these fees. We are looking at the ways in which our Teaching Kitchen program can create exchanges with the school system, for instance having the women who are learning sewing as a vocational skill stitch the school uniforms required for entry. In the long-term, however, that is one of the primary reasons why we are hoping to set up the women with skills to save money, so in turn they can send their children to school.
Q: How large is your organization? Are you student-operated or do you have a large age pool?
C: Our New York Office and base is student operated. The nature of a refugee camp means that it is a space containing a wide variety of people. The former head of security for Liberia, for example, is on our board of directors. We are fortunate to have the brilliant minds and capable hands that we do working for The SCHEF Organization. Most of the staff at the camp are people who are Liberian Refugees themselves.
We are very lucky to have Keith Kortu as our organization Director. He is a Liberian Refugee who has lived on the camp for almost two decades and has completely devoted himself to social work. No one knows the communities on the camp better than Keith does, and our organization would not be half as strong as it is without his knowledge, passion, and vision.
Our administrative director also works full time on Buduburam, he is a Ghanaian man named Jerry Braimah who has worked alongside Keith for the past eight years as a counselor for The Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE.) It is because of SCHEFO’s incredible staff that we are able to operate successfully as an international organization.
Q: How did your organization get started? Provide a quick history of the organization's growth.
C: Lizzie and I were interning with WISE on the camp. That’s where we met Keith and Jerry, who were both counselors of sexual violence survivors. We soon realized, however, that while WISE has done amazing work in the past, it was then in a state of disorganization and lacked basic funding.
As we walked with Keith around different parts of the camp over the next few weeks, we began to realize how desperate the situation on Buduburam is. We weren’t sure at that point what we could do as students. As time went on we realized that if we didn’t do anything, nobody would. We couldn’t walk away from this problem. We have a vast, powerful network through NYU, and New York City itself so we decided to join with Keith and Jerry to start the organization.
Q: Where do you see the organization going in two years? What are your future plans for the organization?
C: I think that our teaching kitchen is a great base and we are hoping to be operational by December 2010. We want to make a lasting and positive impact. The success of this project will provide us with better funding for our future initiatives.
We are in the process of designing a platform that will connect high school students to specific communities on Buduburam. We want to bridge the educational and economic gaps that exist between the disadvantaged and marginalized refugees and students at private high schools in the US through guided communication. This is our Connecting Communities Initiative, and we hope that we will be able to raise both awareness and funds through this project.
We are also planning a fashion show at which our BUDU clothing and jewelry line will be sold. This is a remarkable story and one that rests at the heart of The SCHEF Organization. While on the camp, Lizzie and I saw the serious predicament of the vocational schools – these wonderful women had put everything into creating a space in which other women could learn skills that would benefit themselves and the community. The landowning church, however, kept raising their rent and as the schools were no longer supported in part by the UNHCR, they were out of funds and unable to pay their astronomical rent.
We commissioned the women to create specific jewelry and clothing pieces out of materials that we supplied ourselves. It was at this point that I approached Anna and asked if she wouldn’t mind helping with the initiative. We were very lucky that Anna’s drive and compassion went far beyond the work of actually creating the items. She is now an integral and essential part of the SCHEFO founding team.
When our semester in Ghana ended we paid the women very well (7 x minimum wage in Ghana, or what the Ghanaian seamstresses charge per item) so that they would have enough funds to both pay their rent and purchase food. We transported the items with us to New York and are in the process of organizing a fashion show at which we can raise awareness of the Refugee’s situation and the beautiful pieces will be sold. All proceeds will go directly to SCHEFO’s Teaching Kitchen.
Q: Where can I find out more information about your organization? Will you be having meetings that I can attend?
Our meetings occur every Wednesday evening at 8pm. If you would like to join us please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know the specific details of time and place.
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Saturday, October 9, 2010
What is the mission/purpose of your organization?
“Of Rags” is a fair trade fashion cooperative for sustainable development. The mission is to provide jobs and reinvestment into public health and education in underprivileged communities by designing, manufacturing and selling fashion-forward clothing. We also aim to grow consumer and corporate consciousness through sustainable business practices.
What are some major campaigns or issues that the organization is currently working on?
We are working to raise awareness about Fair Trade and the importance of buying products that make a difference and not just a profit. We are not combating consumerism; we just want to make it work. We're seeking to build a movement behind sustainable fashion.
How does your organization work to fix the problems and achieve your mission goals?
Of Rags allows people to buy trend conscious clothing and accessories while at the same time directly contributing to the development of local communities. Currently we are operating in three communities in Ghana, West Africa.
My business and design partner, Raphael Adjetey Adjei Mayne, or RAAM, and I conduct our design and t-shirt print work in Labadi Town where we employ three people. This generated income puts food on the table and pays children's school fees in several families.
At the Buduburam Liberian Refugee Settlement outside of Accra, we have a production facility where we employ two teams of five people each to sew our clothing. In addition, at Buduburam, we're working with a micro-finance organization working with the refugees in order to dye fabrics.
Of Rags is also employing several HIV positive women through the West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) in order to make some of our bags and accessories. 40% of the profits will be used to fund a teacher's assistants training program in conjunction with a special needs school in Accra.
How large is your organization? Are you student-operated or do you have a large age pool?
Of Rags was founded a year ago by RAAM, a 28 year old designer, Neha Dubli, an NYU student and director of our public health programs, and me. Currently, we employ several people in their mid-twenties at our Labadi Design Shop and many of the “Of Rags” seamstresses working with us at Buduburam are parents. We also are providing a scholarship to the 21 year old site manager at Buduburam who is a single mother and junior in high school. Stateside, The “Of Rags” team in has grown to include currently five and counting dedicated college students based mainly at NYU.
How did your organization get started? Provide a quick history of the organization's growth.
I met RAAM when I studied abroad in Ghana with NYU for a semester. I was really impressed with the designs that RAAM was wearing and found out they were his own. We stayed in touch and a month later, we officially partnered to launch “Of Rags Clothing”. I asked my friend Neha, who is deeply connected to Ghana and passionate about public health, to lead “The Of Rags Foundation”. As Neha helped put together a grant application for Ashoka's Youth Venture, RAAM and I finished making our sample collection.
In NYC, I displayed our work in two fashion shows and sold it among my friends. By March we received funding from a Youth Venture seed grant and an NYU Reynolds Scholarship. In May, we hosted our concept party and by June we combined forces with fellow NYU student founded organization SCHEFO to establish the partnership that is bringing jobs to Buduburam Refugee Settlement, where 50,000 refugees are effectively abandoned since the UNHCR decided to cut its support.
Along with fellow Reynolds Scholar and NYU in Ghana Alum Alex Cunningham's organization “Art for Global Justice”, Of Rags hosted our launch party this July in Accra. Right now we’ve got an exciting new partnership in the works with an organization here in New York City.
Where do you see the organization going in two years?
With the support of a growing base of consumers and volunteers in two years we're hoping to be available at a number of stores around the US, in Ghana and in a few European outlets as well. With this consistent sales base we will roll out new public health initiatives, expand our team of seamstresses and hopefully enter into textile production complemented by our public health and a potential micro-finance program.
Will you be having meetings that I can attend? How can I get involved?
Right now, the NYC team is planning on meeting Tuesday evenings every other week. If you'd like to get involved or to find out more, please visit www.ofrags.com/participate.html or just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be happy to have you on board as a volunteer or intern!
Where can I find out more information about your organization?
Our website is: www.ofrags.com and you can also connect with us through facebook (ofrags) and twitter (@ofrags). Additionally, we can be found on wordpress ( www.ofragstoriches.com) and youtube (www.youtube.com/ofrags).
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
If you are reading this, you are free. Cherish, embrace, and be thankful for your freedom. Millions of people across the globe are not. Instead, they are living in the hell of modern-day slavery, which is hidden, ignored, and growing exponentially. Only the free can rescue the enslaved.
Freedom Week was born from the belief that in order to fight the massive industry of human trafficking, today’s abolitionists must be equally coordinated and sophisticated. By uniting our efforts and consolidating resources, we can amplify attention on the issue, creating a broader voting base to push forward necessary legislation, regulation and funding, as well as educate, empower and inspire a rising tide of activists.
Freedom Week is the launching point for these goals with an annual week of cultural and academic events. We believe human trafficking and slavery can be eradicated, but it begins with shining a light on this dark industry and galvanizing the public to take action.
Be A Bio.Grapher
Date/Time/Location: Online and on-going through October 7th at BeABiographer.com
Presented by: The Blind Project
SOLD: based on the novel by Patricia McCormick
Location: Sweet Carolines, 322 W 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
Presented by: The Not For Sale Campaign
Don't miss the stage production of SOLD. Based on the award-winning novel by Patricia McCormick and adapted for the stage by writer Tessa Hauptman and director Jennifer Mulligan, SOLD highlights the realities of human trafficking in today's society. Set inside the walls of a brothel, the play of one young girl. Following each performance will be an opportunity to learn about a wide variety ways to fight human trafficking, and to purchase products from the Freedom Store, including David Batstone's popular book! Sales support prevention and aftercare projects, as well as the efforts of Not For Sale here in New York. ** Please come early ** to ALL performances, as the staging of the play does not allow latecomers to enter! Please also be advised, for those with perfume/olfactory sensitivities, that artificial smells may be used in the staging of this play.
The Center for the Women of New York Walkathon
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, September 25th, 10am, Fort Totten Park, Queens
Presented by: The Center for the Women of New York
Price: A minimum of $15 in donations is required to participate as a Registered Walker ($10 for students).
Date/Time/Location: Wednesday, September 29th, at the NYU Kimmel Center, room 914, 60 Washington Square South.
Presented by: The Not For Sale Campaign, in partnership with the NYU (Gamma) chapter of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.
An opportunity for men to openly and honestly discuss the interactions of sex trafficking and society: How does our culture support or inhibit sex trafficking? In what ways can it or should it change? How much ability and responsibility does each of us have to make a difference? The conversation will be moderated by Jonathan Walton of the New York City Urban Project.
Date/Time/Location: Thursday, September 30th, 7-9 pm, at Tela Design Studio, 31 Little West 12th Street
Increased Rights, Decreased Trafficking: Connections between Worker's Rights and Human Trafficking
Date/Time/Location: Thursday, September 30th, 8-9 pm, Columbia School of Social Work, 122nd & Amsterdam, northeast corner, Classroom C 09
Shadowlands and Hold Sway Dance Performances
Date/Time/Location: Friday, October 1st, 8pm, at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St between First and Second Avenues.
Presented by: Love146, featuring the works of Sarah Council Dance Projects, with special guest speaker Faith Huckel of Restore.
Join us for an evening of provocative modern dance, compelling speakers and an interactive expert panel as we explore the lives of women trapped in a life of sex slavery, and then begin to address the ways in which we can fight against it and make a lasting change. Also, we will be collecting gently used t-shirts at the door to donate to the efforts of Hello Rewind. Don't miss a great opportunity to clean out your closet for a worthy cause.
Film Shorts and Panel on Child Labor Slavery
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, October 2nd, 4-6 pm, at the NYU Kimmel Center, 4th Floor Auditorium, 60 Washington Square South.
Presented by: Against Child Trafficking (ACT)
An Evening of Poetry
Date/Time/Location: Sunday, October 3rd, 4-6pm, at Verlaine Bar, 110 Rivington Street (between Essex and Ludlow Streets)
Presented by: The Freedom Week Planning Committee
Date/Time/Location: Monday, October 4th, 7pm, at 74 Trinity Place (between Rector and Thames Streets)
Presented by: The Not For Sale Campaign
Awareness to Abolition
Date/Time/Location: Friday, October 8th, 8pm, at Calvary Baptist Church, 123 West 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.
Presented by: Calvary Baptist Church, featuring Deirdre Mars of the Not For Sale Campaign and Jonathan Walton of New York City Urban Project
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, October 9th, Lincoln Center. Check in from 9:00 a.m., walk begins at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Dec 28, 2010 - Jan 16, 2011
Program Location: Rwanda
Program Tuition: $2,200
Application Deadline: September 27, 2010 @ 5PM
Global Youth Connect, an international human rights organization, is
pleased to announce that we are accepting applications from young
leaders (ages 18-35) for our Winter international human rights
delegation to Rwanda.
Human rights delegations are a unique, first-hand opportunity to cross
cultural boundaries, learn about the daily reality of human rights as
experienced in a complex and increasingly globalized world, and to
contribute to progressive action. The delegates to Rwanda will join a
2=2E5 week-long Learning and Action Community (LAC) comprised of Rwandan
youth activists and grassroots NGOs, and centered on three core
activities: a human rights education and training workshop, site
visits within Rwanda to organizations and institutions, and volunteer
service projects with grassroots NGOs.
This January's Learning and Action Community (LAC) with Rwandan peers
will explore the human rights situation in Rwanda today and take
concrete action steps together to support current and future efforts
for human rights protection and promotion, both in Rwanda and abroad.
We will focus on the relationship between human rights and
development, the relationship between the arts and human rights, and
the role of grassroots organizations in the realization of human
rights. In advance of and during the delegation, we will study the
roots of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and see how its legacy has
impacted the country and its people, particularly Rwandan youth, and
also how the country is attempting to rebuild today. We will examine
how local institutions and programs are promoting a culture of respect
for human rights in this country and beyond, including but not limited
to several key issues: children's rights, LGBTI rights, public health, juvenile justice, and rights of historically marginalized groups.
How to Apply:
We invite interested young leaders to apply. We
are looking for participants who are between the ages of 18-35 and who
possess U.S. or Canadian citizenship or residency as well as
international students studying full-time at a U.S. or Canadian
college or university. Most importantly, applicants should wish to
expand their knowledge and understanding of human rights and social
justice and to offer hard work, skills, connections, etc. to the work
already underway in Rwanda and elsewhere. Participants will become
part of a growing global movement of youth acting together for
compassion, human rights and responsibility.
For detailed information on program activities, costs, fundraising
guide, and application information, please visit:
For additional info, contact GYC at email@example.com.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
The submission deadline is September 25th.
Send anything you've got to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a cover page with your name, departmental affiliation, expected degree and email address.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
August 23, 2010 6:30pm-8:30pm
City Bar Justice Center
42 W. 44th Street, New York, NY
Click Here to Purchase Tickets
UNA / YPIC members - $15
Non-members - $20
At the door - $25
The Partnership for the Eradication of Human Trafficking (PEHT) presents a panel discussion on the occasion of the International Day for the Remembrance of Slavery and its Abolition.
Ms. Rachel Yousey
Deputy Senior Coordinator of Reports and Political Affairs in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TiP) at the US Department of State
Ms. Allison Arbib
Research Program Manager at Verite - Fair Labor Worldwide
Dr. Vernon Murray
Social Marketing Professor at Marist University; member of a UNICEF working group to stop violence against children (VOC); and member of the VOC task force to stop child trafficking and sexual exploitation
Dr. Sherry Dingman
Associate Professor of Psychology at Marist University; Advisor to Doctors at War; head of UNICEF working group to stop violence against children (VOC); and head of the VOC task force to stop child trafficking and sexual exploitation
Ms. Noy Thrupkaew
Open Society Fellow and investigative journalist
Ms. Sundy Goodnight
National Campaign Director at Stop Child Trafficking Now
Ms. Amy Muedin
Programme Specialist in the Office of the Permanent Observer for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to the United Nations