The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) and the Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC), in partnership with the Brazil Initiative at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS), seeks applicants for one fellowship supporting a summer internship either at Clínica de Trabalho Escravo e Tráfico de Pessoas (Slave Labor and Human Trafficking Clinic) or at the Polos de Cidadania (Poles of Citizenship) Clinic in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) School of Law. The awarded fellow is expected to spend 4-8 weeks in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, between May and June 2021. Students placed at Clínica de Trabalho Escravo e Tráfico de Pessoas will be working with Judge Carlos Henrique Haddad, federal judge in Brazil and professor of law at UFMG. Students placed at the Polos de Cidadania clinic may work with a community educational theatre troupe or participate in projects to promote community development, environmental sustainability, support services for the homeless, or youth empowerment through sports or cultural activities.
This fellowship is administered jointly by PICS and DHRC, in collaboration with LACS Brazil Initiative. The fellowship provides a stipend of $3,000 to defray the travel expenses and costs of living in Brazil for 4-8 weeks. Each application will be reviewed by a joint review committee from DHRC, PICS, and the LACS Brazil Initiative.
The Fellow is expected to offer a presentation of the internship projects and experiences, as well as a written reflection and statement of gratitude to the Clínica de Trabalho Escravo e Tráfico de Pessoas or Polos de Cidadania Clinic, for submission to PICS/DHRC/LACS Brazil Initiative upon the Fellow's return to campus.
The goal of the Fellowship is to support an accomplished University of Michigan undergraduate or graduate student with demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in human rights or Brazilian or Latin American Studies. Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the statement of purpose, the applicant’s record of achievement, and the fit for the internship position with Clínica de Trabalho Escravo e Tráfico de Pessoas or Polos de Cidadania in Brazil.
Working under the direction of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Law School professor and federal judge in Brazil, Judge Carlos Henrique Haddad, and alongside Brazilian law student interns, the Fellow contributes to the delivery of high-quality services that support victims and the operational work of the Slave Labor and Human Trafficking Clinic. The Fellow will conduct research and advance advocacy on law and social justice in Brazil and international laws regarding human trafficking and contemporary slavery. The position contributes to the development and review of the annual work plan for the Slave Labor and Human Trafficking Clinic, and provides support services for a range of committees and meetings, including those dedicated to the Clinic’s human-trafficking advocacy objectives.
The Fellow will work alongside UFMG students at Polos de Cidadania in local projects created in partnership with governmental or non-governmental organizations around the city. Placement possibilities include:
- Theater troupe: Students work with a Paulo Freire-style music and theater troupe that performs original productions on themes such as domestic violence, child abuse, racism, and other issues raised by local community organizations and schools.
- Sustainability, urbanization, or youth empowerment in underserved communities: Students work alongside community members on projects such as a collective garden, environmental development, infrastructure, the arts, sports, and other forms of youth empowerment.
- Educational extension: Students help create and administer web and distance-learning educational programs in the areas of human rights and services for vulnerable youth populations.
- Empowerment/human rights for the homeless: Students work to support an organization that seeks to empower and provide jobs and services for the homeless.
Academic or other experience in human rights or Latin American or Brazilian studies. Excellent analytical, writing, and speaking ability in English. Portuguese or Spanish proficiency highly desirable. The ability to share ideas, thoughts, and information effectively with a diverse range of audiences to develop two-way understanding. The ability to work cooperatively across organizational boundaries to achieve shared goals.
Applicants must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree programs at the University of Michigan. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in international human rights, slave labor, and human trafficking. Students graduating in WN/SP/SU2021 are not eligible to apply.
Applicants must submit: Resume/CV, statement of purpose, transcript, and at least one letter of recommendation from a U-M instructor. Applicants must submit an application via MCompass.
Application Deadline: TBA
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The Contemporary Slave Labor and Human Trafficking Clinic at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) was created in 2016 as part of an initiative of the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School to create an international network of law clinics (Clinnect HTS) that specializes in combating human trafficking and slave labor. University of Michigan student interns will work alongside their Brazilian peers and will have the opportunity to learn about human trafficking and slavery, locally and globally, through advocacy-based exchange.
Polos is a community outreach/engaged learning internship program founded in 1995. It is affiliated with the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) Law School, although student interns are recruited from a variety of majors at UFMG. The clinic places undergraduate students in social projects created in partnership with governmental or non-governmental organizations around the city. In addition to joining UFMG students in their work at these internship sites, University of Michigan students will participate in POLOS meetings and activities and attend Portuguese classes for foreign students, offered at various levels.
The Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) is a forum for intellectual exchange on issues around human rights among scholars, practitioners, students, and the broader public. Toward that end, it invites leading practitioners and scholars to share insights and expertise on human rights gained through their experiences and research. DHRC also offers internship and study abroad opportunities to students that would enhance their understanding of contemporary human rights issues and equip them with the tools to tackle challenging human rights problems around the world.
The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) is a focal point for the interdisciplinary study of issues that transcend borders. PICS encourages students and faculty to broaden their horizons while they deepen their knowledge of the global diversity of cultures and political, economic, and social contexts. PICS administers one of the largest and most dynamic undergraduate programs on campus in the forms of the International Studies major and minor, as well as student fellowship support for international internships, research, and study abroad.
The Brazil Initiative at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) is a university-wide initiative to promote research, teaching, and activities about Brazil, and to enhance collaborations with Brazilian institutions and colleagues. The Brazil Initiative at LACS comprises intersecting networks organized on supporting the arts and celebrating the culture; collaboration on advancing science research; advancing tolerance, equality, and human rights; and disseminating knowledge through translation.