March 8, 2011

What it Takes to Work in Human Rights: An Interview with Jim Cavallaro

Posted by Cara Solomon

Here’s our very own Jim Cavallaro talking to the Harvard International Law Journal about how he got started in the field of human rights, and what it takes to make an organization work on the ground.  He also offers some good advice for students, including this:

“I encourage students to go somewhere that they might want to work and to be prepared to spend time there learning the ropes. Not a few weeks or months, but years. That’s what it takes. To be successful, you have to be part of the local human rights community, you have to understand the local culture, language, norms, and so forth. They say that all politics is local.  Well, at some level, so is all human rights work.  Or at least all good human rights work.”

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