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Career Opportunities

Request for Quotes: Labor Rights Violations in the India-U.S. Sandstone Supply Chain

Location: India

The American Bar Association Center for Human Rights (Center) is seeking a contracting individual to identify stakeholders for outreach related to the Center’s report on bonded labor and child labor in the India-U.S. sandstone supply chain. The contracting individual will provide substantive inputs for a complaint to a U.S. government agency, provide contextual analysis (historical and sociological) on the sandstone industry in India in support of the Center’s reporting, and conduct interviews and collect information from stakeholders in the India sandstone industry regarding how to build capacity of the mining community in order to increase the level of compliance with international trade standards as related to human rights due diligence. The contracting individual will speak fluent Hindi and English, hold experience in trauma-informed interview training, and also be familiar with basic digital protocols and secure communications platforms.  The contracting individual will preferably hold a legal degree (J.D. or LLM) in addition to experience in investigating labor rights violations in South Asia.

The Center is seeking cost estimates for such an undertaking. Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cost proposal to waris.husain@americanbar.org by Friday, December 4 at 5:00pm EST.

Request for Quotes: Drafting Report on Attacks Against Marginalized Lawyers in Bangladesh

Location: Remote

The American Bar Association Center for Human Rights is seeking a contracting individual to analyze and consolidate data and draft a comprehensive report on attacks against marginalized lawyers in Bangladesh. The contractor will hold a legal education (JD, LLM, or Master’s in International Law), be proficient in the English language, and preferably be able to translate between Bangla and English. The contracting individual will also hold the appropriate experience in data and interview analysis.

The Center is looking for cost estimates for such an undertaking. They will also be familiar with basic digital and physical security protocols and secure communications platforms. Candidates are asked to submit a resume and cost proposal for such an undertaking to waris.husain@americanbar.org by Friday, December 4 at 5:00pm EST. Please copy sonali.dhawan@americanbar.org

Pro Bono Legal Consultancies

The American Bar Association Center for Human Rights seeks experienced pro bono legal consultants on a recurring basis. Pro bono consultants contribute to the work of the Center by

  • Observing trials that have garnered local, regional, or international attention and providing detailed analysis of those trials;
  • Drafting letters to U.N. Special Rapporteurs pertaining to attacks against human rights defenders and rule of law around the world; 
  • Assisting with the preparation of reports and conducting libel review.

Interested candidates should fill out the pro bono volunteer form and submit a recent resume/CV. Candidates with foreign language proficiency are encouraged to apply.

Spring 2021 Legal Internship

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights is the ABA’s focal entity for critical human rights concerns in the United States and around the world. The ABA Center for Human Rights (the Center) works to promote and protect human rights worldwide by mobilizing lawyers to help threatened advocates and vulnerable communities; rallying leading experts on vital issues; and holding abusive governments accountable under law.

The Center is seeking an experienced legal intern to work closely with our regional staff attorneys, human rights groups and pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to human rights defenders who are the subject of harassment in retaliation for their advocacy efforts. The Intern will gain invaluable insight into human rights litigation and advocacy. The intern will work be assigned to one of our five regional teams depending on the needs of the program at the time and the interest and experience of the intern. The five regional teams are: Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

This will be a remote, virtual internship. This is an unpaid opportunity. The intern is expected to begin in January 2021 for a 3-month internship period. Intern is expected to commit 10 – 20 hours per week to the internship.

Interns should expect to do several of the following tasks:

  • Conduct legal research and draft pleadings, motions, and briefs
  • Conduct supplemental fact-finding and assist during interviews
  • Attend press conferences, briefings, and/or other informative webinars
  • Draft editorials and blogs on key human rights issues
  • Monitor ongoing human rights abuses internationally via human rights listservs and other news sources

Basic Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a JD or LLM at an U.S.-based institution
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in a second language is preferred. Knowledge of Spanish, French, Arabic, or Russian is a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest and knowledge of international law.
  • Prior experience working on issues of human rights and/or human rights defenders in the one or more of our five regions.

How to Apply:  

Please submit the following application materials in a single pdf to justicedefenders@americanbar.org and title the email, “Last Name: Spring 2021 Legal Intern Application”. Please copy Emma Watson at emma.watson@americanbar.org.

  1. Cover letter - Please indicate any preference for regional assignment.
  2. Resume - Please indicate any language proficiencies.
  3. Legal writing sample
  4. List of three (3) references, including phone number and email address.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Deadline to submit application: November 30, 2020. Intern is expected to begin in mid-January 2021.

Spring 2021 Communications Internship

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights is the ABA’s focal entity for critical human rights concerns in the United States and around the world. The ABA Center for Human Rights (the Center) works to promote and protect human rights worldwide by mobilizing lawyers to help threatened advocates and vulnerable communities; rallying leading experts on vital issues; and holding abusive governments accountable under law.

The Center is seeking an experienced communications intern to promote the work of the regional staff attorneys, human rights groups and pro bono attorneys that provide legal assistance to human rights defenders who are the subject of harassment in retaliation for their advocacy efforts. The Intern will gain invaluable insight into human rights litigation and advocacy, and program management. The intern will work across the five regional teams (Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa) to help promote the work of CHR.

This will be a remote, virtual internship. This is an unpaid opportunity. The intern is expected to begin in January 2021 for a 3-month internship period. Intern is expected to commit 10 – 20 hours per week to the internship.

Interns should expect to do several of the following tasks:

  • Draft, disseminate and pitch media materials and press releases
  • Create supplemental flyers, videos, and promotional materials
  • Attend press conferences, briefings, and/or other informative webinars
  • Draft editorials and blogs on key human rights issues
  • Monitor ongoing human rights abuses internationally via human rights listservs and other news sources

Basic Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a BA or an MA at an U.S.-based institution
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in a second language is preferred. Knowledge of Spanish, French, Arabic, or Russian is a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest and international law.
  • Prior experience working on issues of human rights and/or human rights defenders in the one or more of our five regions is preferred.

How to Apply:  

Please submit the following application materials in a single pdf to justicedefenders@americanbar.org and title the email, “Last Name: Spring 2021 Intern Application”. Please copy Lian Najjar at lian.najjar@americanbar.org .

  1. Cover letter - Please indicate any preference for regional assignment.
  2. Resume - Please indicate any language proficiencies.
  3. Writing sample
  4. List of three (3) references, including phone number and email address.

 Incomplete applications will not be considered. Deadline to submit application: November 30, 2020. Intern is expected to begin in mid-January 2021.