In a rundown office space in the middle of one of Delhi’s poorest neighborhoods, there is a group of lawyers, activists, and interns slowly trying to change India. Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) is a NGO using public interest litigation, social activism, and training seminars to redirect Indian laws in an effort to better protect prisoners, the disabled, minorities, women, and children. They strive to ensure the right to food, the right to health care, and the right to be treated equally before the law.
Courtney Schuste, a third-year student at Syracuse University College of Law, interned with Human Rights Law Network in May-June-2012.
If you really want to work hard instead of chilling out in 1st year of law school, an HRLN internship is the best bet for you. The bad part was at times you were over loaded by a lot of work form various initiative’s even though you were not interning in that initiative. An HRLN internship gives more exposure compared to other NGO’s when it comes to law.
Lopamudra Mandal, Law Student from National Law University Orissa
The NGO with which I am working is great. The Human Rights and Law Network (HRLN) is bursting with interesting characters, and I feel so lucky to have met these human rights superstars who have such an inspirational commitment to human rights. HRLN works in a number of initiatives, including Women’s Justice, Disability Rights, AIDS/HIV, Child Rights, and the Environment. I am currently ‘officially’ working in the Environment Initiative, though I still have the opportunity to learn about other initiatives as well. My day is usually occupied with research- most recently on the Canadian Judiciary and recommendations for improvements, in order to contribute to India’s National Campaign for Judicial Reform. I have learned quite a bit, in a way that falls under the saying “The more you know, the more you don’t know”. I am learning about things that I didn’t know I didn’t know!
Victoria Ho was on internship programme with HRLN in August-October, 2009 through Alternatives
“Overall, words cannot really express how much I enjoyed both working at HRLN and my winter term experience. At HRLN I met incredibly passionate and qualified people, and was accepted into an office that recognized each of its staff members as important components in its vision for change. There was never a dull moment at HRLN – we were constantly on our feet, putting in calls to human rights activists, scheduling meetings, and traveling all over the country to interview those activists whenever and wherever they could meet with us. I greatly appreciated how much HRLN invested in us and in our project, and how much freedom is gave us regarding the project’s construction and implementation. I found HRLN a fantastic organization to work for, and I was pleased to walk away from the internship having recognized that this – this kind of work, this kind of project – is what I want to pursue as a career.”
Lauren Birchfield from Harvard Law School interned with Human Right Law Network in year 2009.