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Human Rights Research Intern

Submitted by Mathieu Dubeau on July 13, 2017 - 9:25am
Announcement from the UW Center for Human Rights
The UW Center for Human Rights has an excellent opportunity for a research internship in human rights, with a focus on Freedom of Information.
See below for more details. Please feel free to share with your friends. The position is open to all UW undergraduate students (not exclusive to any single department or majors).
Human Rights Research Intern (focus on Freedom of Information) The University of Washington Center for Human Rights (UWCHR) invites applications from undergraduates interested in forming part of our access to information research team. We are recruiting interns to conduct research on two topics, using FOIA and Washington state public records law: 1) Crimes against humanity committed in El Salvador during that country's armed conflict (1980-1992). To learn more about this area of our research, visit; student research using FOIA is described here. 2) Immigrant rights concerns in contemporary Washington state. Since January 2017, UWCHR has conducted research in partnership with local immigrant rights organizations examining collaboration between Washington state law enforcement agencies and Customs and Border patrol in ways that raise rights concerns. Selected students will be trained in the use of FOIA and Washington state records law for obtaining information from government agencies, and will be involved in the process of formulating new requests, tracking the progress of existing cases, responding to inquiries from government agencies as necessary, and cataloguing the information received. Student researchers will contribute throughout the year to the Center's ongoing research, are required to attend weekly meetings and participate in team decisionmaking. This is a good opportunity for students interested in human rights and considering a future in law, policy, or research. It requires great patience and extraordinary attention to detail; willingness to comply with often-dull bureaucratic procedures; and an interest in questions of government transparency and freedom of information. It also requires a commitment to human rights in practice.
Minimum Requirements:
-Extremely detail oriented, organized, and reliable -Ability to commit 10-15 hours per week for at least two (ideally three) quarters in 2017-18
-Ability to work independently, in collaboration with a research team of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students
-Willingness to commit to project confidentiality agreement -Some previous familiarity with, and a serious commitment to, human rights in Latin America and/o immigrant rights in the United States Desired but not required:
-Spanish language ability
-Experience working for social justice Compensation/perks:
-The internship can be taken for credit -For the right candidate, a stipend may be available ($3000/quarter)
-Provides hands-on research experience
-Possibly could lead to involvement in other areas of research, including possible writing of reports and/or travel to El Salvador, depending on student's interest and skills
To apply, send a cover letter and cv/resume to Angelina Godoy at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Research Area

Research area 1 International Studies

Research area 2 Law, Societies, and Justice
Research area 3 American Ethnic Studies
Research area 4 Political Science
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