When did you intern at BIHR? 

I interned at BIHR between July 2014 and February 2015. 

What were you doing before your BIHR internship? 

Before my internship at BIHR, I read Political Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Upon completion of this degree, I moved to Iquique, Chile, where I taught English as a Foreign Language for six months to students between the ages of 12 and 18 at an at-risk high-school. It was in Chile that I decided to pursue a second degree in Law. I applied to QMUL from Iquique, then returned home to Trinidad and Tobago where I awaited the outcome of my application. In Trinidad I volunteered with two NGOs: The Trinidad and Tobago Coalition against Domestic Violence and a children’s rights charity by the name of ‘createfuturegood’. My interest in the rights of human beings was sparked during this period of my life. Whilst interning at BIHR, I was completing a Senior Status Law Degree at QMUL.

What did you do during your BIHR internship?

My tasks as a BIHR intern were varied. Some days were spent conducting legal research on seminal human rights cases and others were spent spreading the word via social media and newsletters about the important work BIHR was doing. I also supported the BIHR team in their preparation for and delivery of the annual Human Rights Tour. I contacted organisers, attended conferences and observed the BIHR team passionately educate others on the importance of knowing and understanding their human rights. The most memorable part of my internship was being offered the opportunity to attend the ‘Rights Here Right Now’ conference in Swansea where BIHR conducted interactive workshops with young people on the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child. I learned during my internship, that a huge part of educating, is listening.

What did you do after your BIHR internship?

I am a Family Law Solicitor at Josiah-Lake Gardiner and I am a Supervisor at the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre. BIHR taught me the importance of empowering individuals with the knowledge that they are entitled to but often do not have access to. It also taught me the importance of volunteering and supporting the efforts of those who are doing everything they can to make this world a safer and more equal place for everyone to thrive in.