Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements

International Human Rights / International Criminal Law


American-Arab Antidiscrimination Committee

Students will have the opportunity to work on broad-based issues related to domestic civil rights and international human rights. Currently, much of our work is focused on the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the prevention of anti-Arab hate crimes and harassment, and the defense of civil liberties. While the program is mainly directed towards Arab Americans, students of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Arabic language skills are desirable but not mandatory. The summer program is full-time and includes an educational component. Positions during the school year can be part-time. If students do not receive course credit for the program, a small stipend is provided.

American Bar Association Commission on Immigration

The Commission directs Association efforts to ensure fair and unbiased treatment, and full due process rights, for immigrants and refugees within the United States. Acting in coordination with other Association entities, as well as governmental and non-governmental bodies, the Commission: advocates for appropriate statutory and regulatory modifications in law and governmental practice consistent with Association policy; provides continuing education and timely information about trends, court decisions and pertinent developments for members of the legal community, judges, affected individuals and the public; and develops and assists the on-going operation of pro bono programs that encourage volunteer lawyers to provide high quality, effective legal representation for individuals in immigration courts, with special emphasis on the needs of the most vulnerable immigrant and refugee populations.

American Civil Liberties Union - Washington Legislative Office

The WLO is responsible for the federal lobbying program of the ACLU. It advocates before Congress and the executive branch on the full range of civil liberties issues including national security, free speech, privacy, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, reproductive freedom, religious liberty, LGBT rights, and criminal justice.

American University Washington College of Law Clinical Program

Civil Practice, Community and Economic Development, Criminal Justice, D.C. Law Students in Court, Domestic Violence, Intellectual Property, International Human Rights, Federal Tax, Women and the Law. Students may only receive pro bono credit of they are not also receiving academic credit.

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)

ADA is the nation’s oldest, liberal, independent political organization. It focuses on economic, military, foreign, social, and environmental issues, and maintains a political action committee (ADA/PAC). It publishes a weekly legislative newsletter for liberal activists and a quarterly newsletter.

Anti-Defamation league

The ADL handles cases involving religious discrimination.

Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR)

The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition) provides services to the immigrant advocacy community in the greater Washington, DC area. Asylum project work includes: conducting intakes (by phone and in-person) for asylum applicants; researching country conditions; writing summaries and other documents as requested; attending some immigration-related meetings; and some general office work. Detention project work includes jail visits, casework for detained immigrants, and legal research.

Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) is a non-governmental organization (NGO), founded in 1991 by a group of prominent human rights defenders in Latin America and the Caribbean. CEJIL's principle objective is to achieve the full implementation of international human rights norms in the member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) through the use of the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights and other international protection mechanisms. CEJIL’s mandate is fulfilled through work in three program areas: the Legal Defense Program, the Training and Dissemination Program, and the Campaign to Strengthen the Inter-American System.

Global Rights: Partners for Justice

Global Rights works to promote just societies founded on human rights. The Law Group is involved in human rights litigation, advocacy, and training in countries around the world.

Government Accountability Project

The Project focuses on whistleblowers within the area of employment law litigation, particularly when government or corporate employees are victims of retaliation for whistleblowing. Cases are selected, in part, based on the public interest component and potential to advance whistleblower rights. The Project will also provide referrals.

Human Rights First

Human Rights First works in the United States and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity and respect for the rule of law. We support human rights activists who fight for basic freedoms and peaceful change at the local level; protect refugees in flight from persecution and repression; help build a strong international system of justice and accountability; and make sure human rights laws and principles are enforced in the United States and abroad.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is primarily concerned with monitoring and information-gathering activities in matters relating to human rights and international law.

Indian Law Resource Center

The Indian Law Resource Center handles state and federal litigation and human rights cases dealing with issues such as land rights, treaty rights, self-government and human rights of American Indians and other indigenous peoples.

International Rescue Committee

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. At work in 25 countries, the IRC delivers lifesaving aid in emergencies, rebuilds shattered communities, cares for war-traumatized children, rehabilitates health care, water and sanitation systems, reunites separated families, restores lost livelihoods, establishes schools, trains teachers, strengthens the capacity of local organizations and supports civil society and good-governance initiatives.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

The mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. To achieve its mission, the Law Center pursues three main strategies: impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education.

National Security Archive

The National Security Archive is a research institute on national security matters and a public interest law firm seeking to enhance public access to information regarding national security. The National Security Archive has been involved in a wide range of precedent setting freedom of information law suits and is frequently looked to as an important non-governmental resource on matters relating to access, secrecy, classification, and First Amendment issues.

Polaris Project (National Human Trafficking Hotline)

Polaris Project is a leading international organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Based in the United States and Japan, we bring together community members, survivors, and professionals to fight trafficking and slavery in the spirit of a modern-day Underground Railroad. Polaris Project uses a comprehensive strategy: empowering individual survivors of trafficking while also creating long-term social change.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Office for the United States of America and the Caribbean (UNHCR)

UNHCR serves as a resource to policymakers in drafting and implementing refugee protection measures consistent with international standards, including through providing comments on proposed legislation and regulations; monitor compliance with international standards of refugee protection; educate government officials, attorneys and non-governmental organizations on international standards for refugee protection.