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CALL FOR LEADERS: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC COUNTRY SPECIALIST
ORGANIZATION: Amnesty International, USA Mid-Atlantic Region
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Amnesty International USA seeks a volunteer Country Specialist to help monitor the human rights situation in the Dominican Republic and support in mobilizing action to promote and protect human rights in these countries. AIUSA’s Country Specialists serve as country experts and strategists and are part of a corps of volunteer leaders known as the Coordination Group program, which is organized by sub world region.
The Dominican Republic Country Specialist will join AIUSA’s Caribbean and Central America Coordination Group (also known as Cogroup), which consists of skilled, dedicated specialists working closely with AI staff and others to advance human rights in the Caribbean region. This volunteer position is an exciting opportunity to contribute your human rights passion and expertise while leveraging and expanding your skills. You’ll get training and support by AIUSA and be part of a community of activists advancing human rights in the Dominican Republic.
As Dominican Republic Country Specialist, you’ll work with partners to:
- Routinely monitor the political and human rights situation in the Dominican Republic with a solid understanding of AI’s policy and specific concerns pertaining to the Dominican Republic.
- Develop and implement action strategies for the Dominican Republic in coordination with Amnesty International’s researchers and campaigners around the world and Amnesty International USA’s Americas Advocacy Director.
- Provide general assistance, information, and actions to AIUSA members and activists seeking to work on issues related to human rights in the Dominican Republic.
- Assist the organization in developing and maintaining contacts with counterparts in other human rights organizations, solidarity groups and other stakeholders.
- Collaborate with AIUSA Advocacy Directors on any aspects of AIUSA’s legislative work pertaining to Dominican Republic i.e. communicating with US State Department desk officers, US embassies abroad, foreign embassies in Washington DC and consulates throughout the US.
- Serve as AIUSA’s liaison to colleagues working on the Dominican Republic at Amnesty’s International Secretariat.
You're the ideal Dominican Republic Country Specialist candidate if you have these qualifications:
- Based in the United States, willing to commit to the role for a minimum of two years.
- Substantive knowledge of human rights issues and trends in the Dominican Republic.
- Familiar with advocacy or research relating to the rights of civilians in conflict, women, peace & security, and/or minority rights.
- Experience with grassroots campaigning and/or Amnesty International.
- Familiarity with international human rights standards.
- Experience studying or supporting civil society, human rights, gender equality, LGBTI rights, or fundamental freedoms in the Dominican Republic.
- Comfortable speaking out on human rights either on social media, in front of a public audience, by lobbying members of congress or through writing.
- Engaged and responsive.
- Knowledge and fluency of Spanish or other regional languages is preferred.
- Thoughtful, respectful, and committed team member dedicated to human rights in the Dominican Republic and ready to join our team.
- Able to commit a sufficient amount of time to accomplish the tasks outlined above.
- Provide expert letters of support for Dominican Republic asylum seekers and occasionally testify at hearings.
- Serve as spokespersons for Russia for AIUSA; respond to and initiate media coverage on the relevant country or theme. This includes both domestic and international print, TV, radio, and digital outlets. Work with relevant staff to maintain/update country or thematic pages on AIUSA’s website and to create/publish online actions and blogs.
- Engage and work in partnership with Dominican Republic diaspora groups on AIUSA’s specific priorities.
About Amnesty International, USA Mid-Atlantic Region
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Amnesty International's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
In pursuit of this vision, AI's mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.
AI is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights.
Amnesty International has a varied network of members and supporters around the world. Although they come from many different backgrounds and have widely different political and religious beliefs, they are united by a determination to work for a world where everyone enjoys human rights.
AI is a democratic, self-governing movement. Members and supporters across the nation, and throughout the world, are active in campaigns, events, and awareness efforts in the fight for human rights, supported by a global network of AI staff and volunteers. Movements such as the denouncement and end of torture, abolition of the death penalty, and prevention of violence against women are just a few cases of Amnesty's ongoing work.
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August 18, 2022