PHRGE Scholar Award
- Every term, the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) offers financial support to outstanding JD and LLM students to help defray the costs of unpaid human rights co-ops.
- Due to a change in the way that PHRGE provides financial support for human-rights co-ops, students who receive such support will now be known as "PHRGE Scholars"; these individuals receive "PHRGE Scholar Awards." All PHRGE Scholars will be invited to join the PHRGE Fellowship, a group of current and former PHRGE Fellows and PHRGE Scholars.
- Recipients receive a minimum of $3500 of financial support. Please note that your financial aid package may affect the way in which a PHRGE Scholar Award funds are disbursed. In many cases, the funds will be applied toward your student loan.
- Under certain conditions, receipients may receive a higher level of support in the form of work-study funding.
- Applicants must first receive and accept a co-op offer before applying for a PHRGE Scholar Award.
- A student may not receive a PHRGE Scholar Award and an additional NUSL-based co-op stipend in the same quarter.
- The co-op for which you are seeking funding must be unpaid.
- For more information about the PHRGE Scholar Award, please contact Elizabeth Ennen, Director of PHRGE, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 2022 Scholars
|Rowan Laidlaw ’23
Lakota People’s Law Project
(Bismarck, ND) (Remote)
Rowan will advocate for Indigenous sovereignty and the preservation of cultural rights by working on an amicus brief supporting the constitutionality of tribal kinship placements in the child welfare system.
|Edward Rickford ’24
Edward will promote the right to water by working on issues, such as lead abatement and PFAS exposure, that will help ensure access to safe drinking water for all communities.
Recommended PHRGE Scholar Award Organizations
The following organizations have successfully hosted one or more PHRGE fellows in the past, or have developed collaborative working relationships with PHRGE. All else being equal, PHRGE will privilege fellowship applications for co-ops with these organizations.
Center for Law and Education (Boston, MA): CLE strives to make the right of all students to quality education a reality.
Centre for Disability Law & Policy (Galway, Ireland): CDLP collaborates with research institutions to advance lifecycle approaches to policy development for people with disabilities.
Due Diligence Project (DDP) (Remote) DDP is a research-advocacy project which focuses on the due diligence principle and state accountability to eliminate discrimination and violence against women. In 2013 DDP developed the Diligence Framework on State Accountability to Eliminate Violence against Women (“the Framework”) focusing primarily in five areas, namely, prevention, protection, prosecution, punishment and provision of redress and reparation (5P’s). The Due Diligence Project applies this universal framework and adds to the knowledge base across different thematic areas, including family and culture, sexual and reproductive rights, and presently on information communication technology (ICT) related violence against women, to ensure that the objective of laws and policies on women’s human rights is translated into practice.
Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Nairobi, Kenya): The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) works to advance the realization of economic, social and cultural rights globally, using the human rights lens to address poverty, social injustice and inequality. We are a small, dynamic organisation with six staff members based in offices in Nairobi (Kenya), Geneva (Switzerland), and Duluth (Minnesota). Since 2014 GI-ESCR has worked with partners to research the impacts of privatisation in education against human rights standards in 12 countries and has taken the issue to international and regional human rights bodies. As the work progresses to consider alternatives, the fellow would assist in research, campaigning, advocacy and communications on privatisation in education and the right to education. It may be possible to arrange for co-ops in our offices in Geneva and Duluth. PHRGE Contact: Sylvain Aubry, email@example.com.
Human Rights Law Network (New Delhi, India): HRLN is one of the leading human rights organizations in India, with over 100 attorneys conducting impact litigation from regional offices throughout the country. Co-op students work in HRLN's national headquarters in New Delhi with the Reproductive Rights Initiative, which at any given time is litigating approximately 50 cases before the Supreme Court of India and various State High Courts, typically pursuing claims based on Indian constitutional law and international human rights law. The Reproductive Rights Initiative also advises regional offices on strategy for their own reproductive rights cases, which involve maternal and child health, access to abortion, coerced sterilization, child marriage, gender-based violence, various forms of discrimination in accessing healthcare, and many other issues affecting reproductive health.
Namati (Washington DC, New York, NY): Namati is building a global movement of grassroots legal advocates who empower people to understand, use, and shape the law. In the past four years, Namati and its partners have worked with over 40,000 clients to take on some of the greatest challenges of our times: protecting community lands, enforcing environmental law, and securing basic rights to healthcare and citizenship. Co-op students will support Namati’s Global Network and Advocacy Team and will have a wide range of opportunities to support Namati’s diverse global portfolio of legal empowerment projects.
National Homelessness Law Center (Washington, DC): NHLC acts as the legal arm of a nationwide movement to prevent and end homelessness by pursuing impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. NHLC uses a human rights framework and targets the root causes of homelessness, including the shortage of affordable housing, insufficient income, and inadequate social services. Co-op students will work on NHLC’s human rights projects and other civil rights initiatives, including using human rights in federal legislation, working with local human rights commissions to embrace a human right to housing, litigating human rights issues with local lawyers and activists; and raising U.S. homelessness and poverty issues with UN and Inter-American human rights monitors.
Oxfam America (Boston, MA): Oxfam America is a leading international development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Co-op students work in the Private Sector Department, which works to define corporate responsibility to protect human rights, promote socially-responsible investing, and advance stakeholder initiatives. The Private Sector Department also supports private-sector engagement on the following Oxfam America campaigns and advocacy priorities: rights in crisis, economic justice, access to medicines, and aid effectiveness.
Participation in Practice of Rights (Belfast, Ireland): PPR supports marginalised people to assert their rights using a human rights-based approach.
PHRGE and Green Advocates (Boston, MA): Green Advocates’ Founder, Alfred Brownell, an internationally-known environmental rights lawyer and activist who was recently awarded the 2019 Goldman Prize, is a distinguished visiting scholar with Northeastern’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE). Green Advocates is Liberia’s only not-for-profit public interest environmental law organization. This co-op position would engage a student in working with Green Advocates from PHRGE’s offices in Boston, under Brownell’s supervision. The student would assist with the strategic legal research and development of international human rights and environmental litigation covering a range of legal forums such as domestic courts (in home and host countries), quasi-judicial forums (utilizing human rights mechanisms) and non-judicial grievance mechanisms (such as the World Bank Compliance Advisory Ombudsman or the complaint panel of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil or the National Contact Points of OECD countries) and advocacy focused on West Africa, as well as activist research on issues of corporate capture, land rights deforestation, climate change and natural resources rights and governance. The coop student would also assist Brownell in developing community-based protection protocols and programs to assist environmental and human rights defenders in Africa who are targeted because of their advocacy for economic, social, and cultural rights. In addition to the above, the student may also provide social media support to Alfred Brownell during the coop period. While it is unlikely that the coop will involve international travel, there may be opportunities to attend high level advocacy and strategy meetings in Washington, DC, and/or New York as well as participate in series of international conference calls and provide comments and feedback to the development of policy documents related to international organizations with which Alfred Brownell is affiliated.
Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (Mexico City, Mexico): ProDESC's mission is the defense of economic, social and cultural rights of underrepresented workers and communities in Mexico.
Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Lund, Sweden): RWI promotes universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law through research, academic education, and institutional development.
Rich Coast Project (Caribe Sur, Costa Rica): RCP coordinates projects that investigate and document the history, identity, and human rights of southern Caribbean Costa Rican communities to create a living public archive.
Spring 2022 Scholars
Sophia Bertling ’23
Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office
Sophia will work with public defenders to promote racial justice and fight against mass incarceration by providing high-quality representation to indigent adults who are facing misdemeanor and felony charges.
Phil Hamilton ’22
ACLU-MA Legal Department
Phil will support the ACLU’s efforts to advance civil rights, immigrants’ rights, racial justice, economic justice, and freedom of speech by drafting legal memoranda and assisting with legislative and advocacy efforts.
Fall 2021 Fellows
Mackenzie Darling ’22
Women’s Law Project: Western Pennsylvania
(Pittsburgh, PA) (Remote)
Mackenzie will assist in protecting the human rights of women and girls by defending access to reproductive healthcare, combatting sex and gender discrimination, and advocating for workplace equity.
Bavani Sridhar ’22
Eviction Defense Network
(Los Angeles, CA)
Bavani will work with housing advocates to combat homelessness, unfair evictions, and gentrification through direct legal services and legislative initiatives designed to protect low-income tenants in the Los Angeles area.
Summer 2021 Fellows
Meg Foster ’22
Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), Roxbury, MA
Meg will work at the Innocence Program, where she will assist with litigating wrongful convictions, researching racial-disparity issues, and advocating for policy reforms.
Rob Mogollon ’23
Federal Public Defenders, Chicago, IL
Rob will work with federal public defenders to protect the constitutional and human rights of indigent clients charged with a wide variety of criminal offenses.
Catalina Carbonell ’21
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Washington, DC (Remote)
Catalina will work in the “Follow-up of Recommendations Section” where she will research human rights violations for the Commission’s Annual Report and assist with monitoring compliance with the Commission’s recommendations.
Huda Khwaja ’21
The Advocates for Human Rights Minneapolis, MN (Remote)
Huda will promote human rights in Minnesota and in the United States through client representation and policy reform in the areas of immigrant justice, racial justice and human trafficking.
A. Tope Tokan-Lawal LLM ’21
Center for Law and EducationBoston, MA (Remote)
Tope will support the Center’s goals of promoting policy changes aimed at educational equity and advocating for the rights of all students, particularly those with a low income, to quality education.
Zoe Bowman ’21
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (Mexico City, Mexico)
Zoe will work with migrant workers facing discrimination, abuse, and unfair labor practices in the United States, and help enforce their human rights through a blend of community education, direct services, and litigation in Mexico.
Danae Rosario ’22
Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office (Los Angeles, CA)
Danae will assist public defenders in protecting the constitutional and human rights of indigent clients by advocating for undocumented immigrants and juveniles who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Alexandra August ’22
Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (New Orleans, LA - Remote)
Alexandra will assist indigent clients charged with capital offenses through client-centered representation and support litigation related to systemic racism and other injustices in the criminal justice system.
Annery Miranda ’22
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) (Boston, Massachusetts)
Annery will work to decrease the barriers homeless families experience in accessing stable housing by supporting the policy and impact-litigation work of MLRI’s Housing and Language Access units.
Cecilia MacArthur ’22
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (Portland, Maine)
Cecilia will work with low-income immigrants in Maine, conducting intake interviews, preparing asylum cases, and assisting in advocacy and outreach effort
Andrea Satchwell ’21
Family Law Project (Ypsilanti, Michigan)
Andrea will assist marginalized survivors of domestic violence with protective orders, custody, and divorce proceedings.
Jeanette Kernizan Adelson ’21
National Center for Law and Economic Justice (New York, NY)
Jeanette will support ongoing impact litigation and policy analysis, advocate for economic justice, and support grassroots organizing.
Colleen Maney ’20
Alaska Public Defender Agency (Anchorage, AK)
Colleen will assist indigent clients charged with crimes in Alaska by helping to provide each individual with an aggressive defense strategy rooted in human dignity.
Eric Quetglas-Larrauri LLM ’20
Office of the MA Attorney General (Boston, MA)
Eric will work in the Civil Rights Division where he will review and evaluate complaints alleging discrimination and civil rights violations.
Kaila Clark ’20
US Attorney's Office, Civil Rights Unit (Boston, Mass.)
Kaila will assist the Civil Rights Unit’s enforcement of federal civil and human rights laws, and conduct trainings for advocates, state and local agencies, law enforcement and community members in Massachusetts.
Emma Halas-O’Connor ’20
Maine Equal Justice (Augusta, Maine)
Emma will help asylum seekers and other newly-arrived immigrants in Maine obtain affordable housing and other necessities, through individual representation and policy work.
Catalina Carbonell ’21
Inter-American Court of Human Rights (San José, Costa Rica)
Catalina will conduct research on international human rights issues, develop judicial arguments for specific cases, draft legal reports, and assist with logistical issues during public hearings
Kristen Tully ’20
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) (Boston, MA)
Kristen will promote immigrants’ rights by assisting with administrative advocacy, community organizing, impact litigation and legislative advocacy.
Catherine Houser ’20
Alaska Institute for Justice (Anchorage, AK)
Catherine will work with AIJ's Immigration Justice Project to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking apply for asylum.
Tania Murillo ’20
Center for Constitutional Rights (New York, NY)
Tania will assist with CCR’s efforts to protect human rights and promote social justice through partnering with communities on litigation and advocacy.
Khalafalla Osman ’21
Council on American-Islamic Relations (Tampa, FL)
Khalafalla will help with CAIR-Florida’s efforts to hold law enforcement agents accountable for violations of the civil and human rights of individuals in marginalized groups.
Nick Sabin ’20
United States Agency for International Development (Washington, DC)
Nick will work in the USAID Office of the General Counsel on legal matters related to administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance.
Kristine Chacko ’20
New York City Commission on Human Rights (NY, NY)
Kristine will assist NYCCHR in its investigation and prosecution of violations of NYC Human Rights Law, and focus on claims relating to police discrimination and bias-based profiling.
Janae Choquette ’19
Make the Road (Queens and Long Island, NY)
Janae will join lawyers and organizers in the Trans Immigrant Rights Project and Raid Response Team to provide legal services and support for grassroots campaigns.
Jessica Faunce ’20
Office of the Defender General (Montpelier, VT)
Jessica will work with the Prisoners' Rights Office team to monitor conditions in Vermont prisons and assist clients with appellate and parole-board issues.
Rebecca Singleton ’20
UN Women, Philippines Office (Manila, Philippines)
Rebecca will work with the UN Women's Governance, Peace and Security team in the Philippines, focusing on preventing violent extremism and improving women's access to justice.
Meskerem Demese LLM '19
The Due Diligence Project (Newton, MA)
Meskerem will contribute to the International Human Rights Initiative by researching ways to use the due diligence framework to hold states accountable for eliminating violence against women
Mariane Tokarski Pereira Lousa '19
Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights (Boston, MA)
Mariane will research strategic policy and develop advocacy tools for promoting the human rights of Roma individuals. She will focus on Brazil as a case study.
Hakeem Muhammad '20
Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (Boston, MA)
Hakeem will protect the human rights of prison inmates by assisting with civil litigation on behalf of clients who have experienced staff assaults, the improper use of solitary confinement, and other human rights abuses
Kathleen Thaete '19
Homeless Action Center (Oakland, CA)
Kathleen will serve the homeless population of Alameda County by helping HAC clients obtain sustainable incomes and health insurance through benefits advocacy.
Emma Winkler '19
South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (Harlingen, TX)
Emma will assist detained adults seeking asylum and other forms of removal relief, and will provide direct representation at bond hearings and in immigration court.
Lili Giacoma ’19
Brooklyn Defender Services (Brooklyn, NY)
Lili will work on the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project where she will assist detained noncitizens by providing legal research and representation during bond and immigration hearings.
Stefanie Gonzales ’19
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (Seattle, WA)
Stefanie will work in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unit, helping immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes obtain U Visas, T Visas and VAWA-based status.
Thera McAvoy ’20
Peter Cicchino Youth Project (New York, NY)
Thera will provide legal services to homeless young people, particularly those facing additional oppression due to their race, mental health, sexual orientation, gender or involvement in criminalized economies.
Marecca Vertin ’19
Community Activism Law Alliance (CALA) (Chicago, IL)
Marecca will support CALA and its partner organizations by providing direct legal representation for clients in neighborhood legal clinics, and research and other assistance to activists and organizers.