Projects Abroad Human Rights Office Internship in Cape Town, South Africa

On Sunday, June 12…

I received five new refugee cases by the end of May (18 cases in all). Ten of these cases required me to send e-mails and make phone calls to different courts, the Department of Home Affairs, and non-profit organizations in order to help our clients to receive certificates, protection orders, or additional assistance that our office cannot provide.

Amy Erica Smith

Kellogg Visiting Fellow Recognized for Outstanding Research Achievement

Visiting Fellow Amy Erica Smith has received the Award for Early Achievement in Research from the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where she is assistant professor of political science. 

The award, which was formally presented at ISU on September 14, recognizes Iowa State faculty who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in research unusually early in their professional career, including national and international recognition in the academic community and evidence of a positive impact of their research on their discipline. 

“Healthcare Access, Attitudes, and Knowledge of HIV+ Urban Poor Women in Pune, India”

Bernadette Miramontes ’17 (anthropology/biology)

On Friday, August 19…

My last bit of time in Pune was especially fruitful and provided me with plenty to reflect on. 

In the last week in Pune, I interviewed 25 more HIV+ women. This brings my total to 45 interviews with women, but in many of those interviews the husband was also present; therefore, I was able to interview over 65 patients. 




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