I interned for TransAfrica Forum in Washington, D.C., the summer of 2010. I had an amazing experience and gained much knowledge in the workings of a non-profit educational organization. I worked on issues regarding U.S. foreign policy that affected Africans and the African Diaspora. I was able to write persuasive articles and research issues that captured my interest. Since I am interested in immigration, the supervising attorney allowed me to research and write a memorandum on Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Immigrants. I was able to present my research at a board meeting in front of Chairman Danny Glover and other prestigious activists.
Interning for TransAfrica made me more knowledgeable about issues beyond immigration. I attended Congressional hearings and other events on a variety of topics. Through TransAfrica I was able to attend a documentary film premiere about the life of Benazir Bhutto. Her family was in attendance as well as Nancy Pelosi, who made a surprise visit. I also visited the South African Embassy to watch the premiere of the 2010 World Cup. While there I learned about the protests that TransAfrica actively participated in against apartheid and how it was integral in eliminating the oppressive system.
Without the Sumer Human Rights Fellowship, I would not have been able to take part in such an invaluable experience. D.C. is an expensive city; therefore, the money that was awarded with the fellowship was essential to my ability to take an internship in the area. I would recommend all those who are interested in human rights to apply for this prestigious fellowship.