Southwestern Extern's Immersion in Human Rights Efforts in India Spotlighted in National Jurist
A first-person account of Southwestern student Dawn Hamilton's unique and life-changing summer externship experience in India is featured in the January 2014 issue of the National Jurist. In Poverty, Beatings and Human Rights in India, Dawn describes her involvement in helping heroic women secure basic rights in a societal structure that imposes major restrictions based on gender.
During a full-time summer externship with the Rural Governance and Citizen Participation Clinic at Jindal Global Law School in Delhi, India, Dawn worked six days a week in the village of Bhondsi providing rural villagers with legal training about their constitutional and human rights and the legal means of ensuring those rights are enforced. Her responsibilities included interviewing villagers about violations of constitutional and human rights, cataloguing these violations, researching Indian and international law pertaining to these rights, and drafting fact finding reports and petitions as policy interventions to send to local, state, and federal government offices as well as to United Nations offices and non-governmental organizations to enlist their support. While Dawn does not speak Hindi, fellow law student externs from India translated for her, and since the language of the law there is English, she was able to easily research and learn about Indian law.
To read more about Dawn's experience as a legal advocate working with villagers who endured tremendous violence and intimidation in their efforts to secure basic human rights, see her article here. For more information about externship opportunities at the Rural Governance and Citizen Participation Clinic, contact the clinic's director, Professor Ajay Pandey, at firstname.lastname@example.org.