Angelina Caruso, 2012, Anthropology

I was an intern in the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch in New York City. I was given a fascinating look into the crucial work that HRW is doing to defend the human right to health, particularly among marginalized populations like women, prisoners, children, drug users, and the LGBT community. I assisted with research initiatives about transgender health, access to palliative care, legislation that criminalizes being HIV-positive, lead poisoning, drug rehabilitation programs, and access to HIV treatment. I also tracked press coverage of the department’s work and helped prepare presentations and reports for publication. This opportunity taught me a great deal about the inner workings of the organization, the intricacies of global health and the arguments surrounding the protection of the universal right to health.