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Access to Justice

How does it feel to suffer violence and abuse without anyone to defend your rights or rescue you from oppression?  The people whom Paz y Esperanza serves know this feeling all too well.  

Paz y Esperanza grew out of the desire to give voice to the voiceless and defend the cause of the powerless.  If you have a background in law, political sciences, or the like, join together with Paz y Esperanza lawyers and public policy professionals!  Due to local policies, you will not be able to enter the actual courtroom, but you can play a key part in the long process of giving access to justice those who otherwise would be alone and powerless following injustice.   

Volunteer Profile

  • Student or graduate in law, political science, public policy, or related field.
  • Basic knowledge of the judicial system in site placement.
  • Dynamic and innovative.
  • Comfortable working with papers and documents.
  • Strong analytical ability and time management skills.
  • Sensitivity in handling human rights issues.
  • Ability to adapt to a context other than their own.

General Activities

  • Participating in meetings to strengthen the organization of victims and their families.
  • Elaborating on reports, analyze judgments, and develop basic legal documents.
  • Organizing and developing the history of a sponsor case.
  • Visiting the homes and communities of beneficiaries before and during judicial proceedings.
  • Cooperating with and supporting wherever possible in judicial proceedings.
  • Participating in advocacy campaigns for victims of human rights violations.
  • Participating in the organization of forums for dialogue between authorities, indigenous peoples, and victims of family violence.
  • Giving lectures on prevention of sexual abuse and family violence in schools, churches, and civil society organizations.

* The actual job description and actions to be undertaken vary from site to site.  For more information on a specific project, contact us!

Liz’s Story

In San Juan de Lurigancho, “The cases we dealt with were tough because the crimes that had been committed were so horrible, but the people I got to know and work with made everything worthwhile. I got to work one-on-one with the victims and their families. Developing a relationship with them was one of the best parts of my job. Also, the people at Paz y Esperanza that I worked alongside had such a passion to help those in need…[My internship with] Paz y Esperanza helped give me an idea of what I want to do in the future with my legal degree.”


Available Internship Sites:  [Apurimac, Peru] [Ayacucho, Peru] [Casa de Buen Trato Hovde, Peru] [Guayaquil, Ecuador] [Huánuco, Peru] [San Martin, Peru] [San Juan de Lurigancho, Peru] [Santa Cruz, Bolivia]
Start Date: January, May-August
Commitment Length: 3-12 months
Cost:  $750-950*/monthly (depending on the placement)
*Cost does not include flights, visas and injections.  What do you get for your money?

Application Deadline:  3 months before anticipated arrival date