Graduate fellowships enable graduates to secure positions with nonprofit organizations, government entities and educational institutions. Fellowships are opportunities designed to give recent law graduates or junior attorneys experience in public interest practice. Fellows are able to use their legal skills to effect positive change for disadvantaged populations and/or society in general.
Law schools and legal employers are increasingly recognizing the value and importance of experiential education. UC Davis Law School recognizes that externships offer students the opportunity to augment their classroom learning with hands-on, real-world lawyering experience. In September 2016, IANGEL launched a new partnership with UC Davis Law School to provide students opportunities to work with our partners around the world on gender equality projects.
Swarnima Shrestha, Communications and Fundraising Fellow – Swarnima serves as a Communications and Fundraising Fellow through the Atlas Corps Fellowship. Swarnima has a Master’s in Development Communications and in English Literature. Experienced in Development Communications with a passion for working in the non-profit sector, she has lead communication projects and initiatives in the grassroots as well as strategic level with organizations such as UNICEF, UNCDF, Equal Access and Practical Action amongst others. The areas of her expertise include drafting communications and outreach strategies, emergency communications, branding, social media management, and capacity building. She is also a co-founder of Snowyak Foundation, which helps to support the education of marginalized children in the remote part of Nepal.
Johanna Kanes, UC Hastings Bridge Fellow – Johanna works on a wide range of projects as a 2019 Bridge Fellow for IANGEL. Previously, Johanna volunteered with IANGEL to create a social media strategy. She graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2018. At UC Hastings, she was a Legal Writing and Research Teaching Assistant, an editor for the Hastings Business Law Journal. While at UC Hastings, she was a law clerk for a boutique litigation firm in San Francisco. She received her LL.M. in European Law with high honors from Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas in Paris, France in 2018. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 2014 with high honors in International Relations.
Aishwarya Eassey, Communications Intern – A student at Berkeley City College, artist, and activist Aishwarya Eassey seeks to build cross-cultural understanding on issues of race and ethnicity. Originally from Prague, Czech Republic, Aishwarya has a unique understanding of cross-cultural heritage and a global and diverse set of experiences. Aishwarya is currently studying Studio Art and Ethnic Studies. Her Ethnic Studies interest is focused on comparative studies, migration and racial diaspora and she has a particular interest in Romani studies (the study of the Roma people). At IANGEL, Aishwarya created original content and reported global news on women’s rights.
Caroline Portante, Program Specialist Intern – A Sociology and Gender Studies major at McGill University, Caroline focuses her studies on the global empowerment of women and challenging existing systems of domination. At IANGEL, she led a research project canvassing women’s rights organizations and activists worldwide on their legal needs. Her prior research experience includes her 2017 study assessing how Canadian provincial and federal policies affect transgender prisoners, in partnership with the Prisoner Correspondence Project and Dr. Mary Bunch. She hopes to pursue a career in human rights law, to challenge systemic injustices against women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.
Kate McCaffrey, Program Specialist Intern – Kate is an undergraduate at the University of San Francisco, majoring in sociology with an emphasis in critical diversity, and double-minoring in peace & justice studies, and public service & community engagement. Kate joined IANGEL to conduct qualitative research on pro bono engagement within the legal field. Additionally, as a representative of IANGEL, Kate participated in the 2018 SPARK Lobby Day: Advancing Gender Equality at the Capitol and IANGEL’s first attorney training on immigration law. She hopes to take the skills learned through this work and translate them into her future career in international public interest law.
Anjalee Behti, Legal Extern – Anjalee is a rising 3L at University of San Francisco School of Law, where she has focused her women’s rights advocacy on reproductive rights. For IANGEL, she is working on a project to develop thought leadership and potential legal challenges to Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule which prohibits non-US NGOs from receiving U.S. family planning funding if they provide abortion counseling, referrals, advocacy, or services. Anjalee is a 2014 UC Irvine graduate. Her prior reproductive rights activities included coordinating a peer education group at UC Irvine and conducting legal research on tort laws that can be used in civil litigation against abortion clinic harassers and on federal and state laws related to the criminalization of self-induced abortion.
Hannah Hutton, Communications Intern – Hannah is a Sociology Major at the University of San Francisco where she focuses her studies on intersectional feminist approaches to law, justice, and society. At IANGEL, Hannah works on web-design and organizational outreach, and coordinated a successful research project on women and the death penalty. Hannah joined IANGEL staff and board members at the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women where she attended panel discussions and participated in strategic working groups aimed at securing gender equity around the world. Hannah plans to pursue a career as a criminal justice attorney, aiming to use an intersectional framework to address structural inequalities on case-by-case and community levels.
Janine Parmar, McGeorge School of Law Fellow – In 2016, Janine Parmar, J.D. received graduate fellowship funding from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law for her participation as a part-time fellow with IANGEL. Janine conducted work on three IANGEL projects, and served as project coordinator for two of those projects.
Juli King, UC Davis Law School Fellow – Juli King is a 3L at UC Davis School of Law where she is passionately pursuing a career in international human rights law. During her time with IANGEL, Juli worked on a range of projects including research on Haiti’s draft mining law and its affect on women, updating pro bono definitions for IANGEL’s pro bono paper, and death penalty research for the Cornell Law School Death Penalty Project. In the summer of 2017, Juli interned for Challenging Heights, an anti-trafficking, anti-slavery, children’s rights NGO in Ghana conducting research in order to update Challenging Heights’ Youth Empowerment Program. At UC Davis, Juli worked with Professor Karima Bennoune, the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, and attended the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council with Professor Bennoune.
Anam Haque, Intern – Anam worked as a 2015 Summer and Fall Legal Programs Intern with IANGEL, lending her program evaluation expertise to enhance IANGEL’s administrative systems and to develop metrics for program development and research protocols. Prior to interning at IANGEL, Anam had a career position as a Data Analyst at UCSF’s Trauma Recovery Center, with a BS in Molecular Biology. She has a strong interest in transitioning her career to focus on women’s rights, education and law and in Fall 2016 began as a law student at Santa Clara Law.
Catherine Born, Intern – Catherine graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a double major in International Studies and Spanish. In addition to her work as an English language teacher in the United States, Europe and Japan, Catie has developed over three years of experience with international human rights organizations, with focused work around migration and refugees. Catherine has been an intern and volunteer with programs including Amnesty International USA, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Survivors International, on the US-Mexico border with the Santa Cruz Community Foundation and, in Asia, with the Japan Association for Refugees. As an IANGEL 2015 Fall Legal Programs Intern in Tokyo, Japan, she used her human rights background and writing skills for IANGEL’s programs and communications. Catie continued as an intern in Spring 2016 working from Paris, France.
Irene Tait, Intern – While working at IANGEL as a 2015 Summer Legal Programs intern, Irene was pre-law, a rising senior majoring in Middle Eastern History at Vassar College. At IANGEL, Irene supported our volunteer attorney network with country-specific background research, and provided administrative support.
Toan Do, JD, Intern – Toan is a recent JD graduate from Golden Gate University. After graduation in 2014, Toan was an intern at the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Dharamsala, India. In addition to full time work, he gave generously of his time to IANGEL and two other non-profit organizations. Toan worked as a 2015 Summer Legal Programs Intern with IANGEL, providing legal research and fundraising support.