As a Director’s Intern, I have had the privilege to work with Rise, a civil rights non-profit dedicated to creating common-sense civil rights for sexual assaults survivors who interact with the criminal justice system.
I have focused much of my work on Rise's international portfolio, specifically our organization's efforts to pass a United Nations Resolution for the Rights of Sexual Assault Survivors. This resolution would be the first to focus comprehensively and exclusively on the rights of all survivors, no matter their gender, age, sexuality, race, location, or citizenship status.
The resolution would have specific implications for refugees because they experience disproportionate levels of sexual violence and international law is critical in determining their rights. This semester, as the Refugee Rights Coordinator, I helped shape our UN resolution to best reflect the needs of refugees. Combining this project with my Social Studies junior tutorial research, I traveled to Athens and conducted 21 interviews about the response to sexual violence in the refugee crisis.
It was an incredible and sobering experience. My interviews revealed the degree to which refugee survivors of sexual assault lack basic protections and justice, and the ways that Rise can support efforts against sexual violence with our international campaign. I am incredibly excited to keep pushing for this resolution, and grateful to the Institute of Politics for making this all possible!
(You can learn more about the Director's Internship Program here: http://iop.harvard.edu/get-involved/internships-careers/directors-intern...)