Advancing USAID's policy to Promote the Rights of Indigenous People (Pro-IP)
This summer I worked with the USAID Mission in Peru. I supported the Regional Program Office to advance USAID's new policy to Promote the Rights of Indigenous People (Pro-IP) into Mission strategic frameworks, systems, and program development processes. I successfully organized webinars that introduced the PRO-IP to USAID staff in Peru and Brazil as well as implementing partners. In addition to my tasks with USAID, I worked with the political section of the state department under the US Ambassador to Peru, Lisa Kenna. I drafted cables on the continued attacks on indigenous environmental defenders while protecting their lands from illegal logging, mining, and wildlife trafficking. I found interagency collaboration to be an essential tool for the sustainability of development activities. The internship propelled me to pursue the Certificate in Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Emergencies.