During the summer of 2012, I interned with the International Justice Project, which represents victims of the Darfur genocide before the International Criminal Court. Unlike a traditional criminal court in which there are lawyers only for the prosecution and defense, the International Criminal Court allows legal representatives of the victims to participate in the proceedings. To be part of the proceedings, an individual needs to apply to the court to be recognized as a victim.
The main focus of my work was completing a guide that will be used to train future interns and lawyers assisting the project in a pro bono capacity on how to assist individuals in completing a victim application. I also traveled to Philadelphia with my fellow interns to help interview victims of atrocities. Finally, in addition to the legal research assignments that one would expect of a legal intern, a portion of my time was devoted to writing a blog and assisting with other outreach initiatives to raise awareness of the situation in Darfur.