2002 Summer Interns
In year 2002, six (6) Indiana University Law Interns worked at various human rights and law organizations around the world. Their tasks included research on human rights reports, drafting proposals and amendments, comparative study of constitutions, juvenile, immigration, and asylum system of different countries. Following are the brief stories about their three month summer internships.
List of 2002 Interns:
Jacqueline Ayers (Accra, Ghana)
Carrie Harmon (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Katherin Hendrix (Pristina, Kosovo; Geneva, Switzerland)
Teresa Knight (Pristina, Kosovo)
Robert Masbaum (Belize City, Belize; San Jose, Costa Rica)
Jennifer Pyclik (Prague, Czech Republic)
Ayers worked at the Legal Resource
Centre (LRC), a non-governmental organization dedicated to the
democratization of Ghana and respect for human rights in the country.
She worked on LRC's strategic plan for the future, for which she reviewed past proposals of the plan and researched other sources. Her contributions to the strategic plan were made mainly to the Legal Aid Department and the capacity-building of the Centre.
Additionally, Ms. Ayers assisted LRC in regards to their work on amendments to the juvenile justice system in Ghana. She met with Ghanaian government officials, military commanders, and youth leaders; conducted a comparative study of justice systems around the world; and drafted proposals and recommended amendments to the existing system.
Ms. Carrie Harmon worked for the Northern Ireland
Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM), a non-governmental organization
based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She researched on immigration
laws of United Kingdom and European Union.
Ms. Harmon was also responsible for assiting refugees seeking asylum in Northern Ireland. The refugees she assisted were from China, Palestine, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe.
Ms. Katherine Hendrix was placed with the provisional government of
Kosovo. Ms. Hendrix, along with Teresa Knight, also a PIRHL intern,
worked with the Prime Minister's Advisory Office on Good Governance,
Human Rights, Equal Opportunity, and Gender, and the Office of Legal
The two wrote memoranda on international adoption laws and made changes to legislation on Primary and Secondary Education. For the memoranda, they researched Human Rights Reports and included recommendations with respect to the Kosovar constitution and international human rights laws.
For the second leg of her internship, Ms. Hendrix worked with the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva.
Ms. Teresa Knight spent the duration of her internship in Kosovo. Besides Ms. Knight's collaborative work with Ms. Katherine Hendrix, she wrote recommendations to the Kosovar government (in response to discrimination of the minorities) concerning the establishment of proportional community representation in the Kosovo Civil Service (KSC). For this, she conducted interviews and researched European and international laws.
Mr. Robert Masbaum was assigned
to work with the Society for the
Promotion of Education and Research in Belize (SPEAR), a non-governmental
organization in Belize, and with Casa Alianza, a children's rights
organization in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Casa Alianza is a non-governmental organization committed to the
betterment of the street children in Costa Rica.
While in Belize, Mr. Masbaum researched the cultural and political history of Belize and recommended discussion issues for the 2003 Belizean presidential debate.
Ms. Jennifer Pyclik spent her summer at the Refugee Counseling Centre which is part of the Czech Helsinki Committee. Her primary assignment at the Centre was to conduct a comparative study of the asylum laws of the individual countries of the European Union (EU) and that of the proposed common asylum law of the EU. Ms. Pyclik's study was carried out because of the need to align the laws of the Czech Republic to that of the EU since the country is slated to join the Union in 2004. She also worked with the Czech Government's Human Rights Council Secretariat.