Maggie Poulos

Maggie Poulos ’18

Oceanside, NY
Majors: International Studies, Political Science
Concentration: Human Rights and Humanitarianism

Amy Ostermeier Human Rights Fellowship Summer 2016

Intern at the Advocates for Human Rights This past summer I was an International Justice intern at the Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis. I am positive that my knowledge of international rule of law and governance has deepened substantially. Courses I have taken in the past were useful in providing the background I needed, but throughout the summer I was able to work hands-on to apply this academic knowledge. Using international treaties and declarations as reference, I wrote reports that were submitted to the United Nations on a particular country’s human rights violations, including violence against women, religious minorities, and the LGBTQIA community. Drafting these reports made me appreciate the hard work that civil society organizations put into monitoring human rights. In addition to these reports, I did smaller tasks, including sitting in on calls with the federal government, writing blog posts and developing a guideline to track court cases within the Inter- American system. Two specific areas I gained more knowledge in are human trafficking and the death penalty, because The Advocates is influential in making progress towards abolishing those practices.

This fall I continued my work at The Advocates a Refugee and Immigrant Program Intern through an off-campus work-study opportunity. I met with immigrants from Central America and Eastern Africa seeking asylum or refugee status and referred their cases to the staff attorney.

I am grateful and humbled to have been awarded a fellowship honoring the legacy of Amy Ostermeier. She carried out meaningful work through the intergovernmental system and used her passion to protect the human rights of people around the world. She is truly an inspiration to me, and I hope that in my lifetime I am able to follow her lead. My time at The Advocates has affirmed for me that I want to continue in the field of international relations and human rights, and have a career that focuses on the protection of human rights internationally. I am so fortunate to have the support of the Ostermeier family, as well as Macalester College, in carving a career path for myself through this meaningful, hands-on experience.