International Law & Human Rights internships with VolunteerMatch Ghana will give you the opportunity to work on legislation and make a difference in other people’s lives. You can become part of a vital resource by providing legal services to businesses, community organizations, or individuals. If you’re interested in a career in the notoriously competitive legal profession, an international law internship with a well-respected law firm abroad could be a valuable addition to your resume. The mission of the VolunteerMatch Ghana is to raise awareness about human rights, monitor vulnerable areas, and resolve human rights abuses.
The work is diverse and encompasses a wide range of social issues. Interns work in social justice, community outreach, legal and social education, poverty, and government accountability. Campaigns are used to educate and monitor both communities and individuals identified as vulnerable or in need of assistance. Additionally, interns resolve complaints and the specific issues victims have. This work often involves reference to international legal standards, various Ghanaian acts of Parliament, and the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. You can expect to work in both urban and rural locations, during occasional weekends, meet people at all levels of society, demonstrate cultural understanding, while being wary of imposing a foreign ideal upon Ghanaian society.
Human Rights Education and Awareness
Human rights education and awareness is conducted for two reasons. Firstly, many victims of human rights abuses are not aware of the law and legal protections they’re afforded. At the same time, perpetrators don’t often know the legal responsibilities they have to others. Secondly, the empowerment and education of people who are not the apparent victims or perpetrators of human rights abuses encourages their legal conformity in the future. This is especially true of children. We regularly perform educational and awareness outreach work in communities. These issues include domestic violence, interstate succession, access to land, child labor, child trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and the right to education.
Human Rights Monitoring
In order to identify communities and individuals in need of assistance, we perform human rights monitoring. We enter areas and facilities to identify abuses, determine their gravity, assess the needs of people affected, prioritize victims, and determine a strategy to bring about change. We also monitor facilities and activities of associate organizations to offer our most effective and efficient assistance. Our office works towards personnel secondment, source funding for financial assistance or sometimes even direct financial aid.
Abuse ResolutionWhere we have identified a victim or group of victims of human rights abuse, we will provide assistance directly rather than in a community setting. Cases are brought to our attention through our open door policy, consultation with visitors, monitoring, awareness/education projects, and referrals from associate organizations and individuals. Depending on the case, the wishes of the parties involved, the socio-political climate of Ghana, resource considerations, and likelihood of satisfaction, we seek to ensure the development of human rights and assist the complainant. If litigation is considered the best option we arrange pro-bono representation through our associations. However, the lack of accessibility to Ghanaian courts often means we explore alternative methods of resolution.
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