Human Rights Institute

Institute-Facilitated Opportunities

HRI is pleased to facilitate the Dale and James J. Pinto (L'76) Georgetown Law Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Fellowship – a unique opportunity for Georgetown Law graduates of the J.D. program to spend a full year with one of Washington's leading human rights organizations. The fellowship is made possible through the generous support of Dale and James Pinto and provides a crucial path for Georgetown students to secure a place in the highly competitive field of international human rights advocacy.

Information about the fellowship and the selection process is available in the most recent call for applications, which is circulated to graduating J.D. students early in the Spring semester each year.

Current and past Pinto Fellows include:

  • Caitlin Callahan is the 2017-2018 Pinto Fellow at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, where she will contribute to the organization's strategic litigation efforts. Caitlin graduated with a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown Law. While at Georgetown, Caitlin participated in the HRI Associates Program and the HRI Fact-finding Project, in which she co-authored the published report entitled Ensuring Every Undocumented Student Succeeds: A Report on Access to Public Education for Undocumented Children. 

  • William Juhn: William served as the Pinto Fellow at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights from 2016-2017, and is now serving the low- income Asian immigrant population as a Staff Attorney at the MinKwon Center for Community Action in New York. As part of the Strategic Litigation Team at RFK Human Rights, William helped submit petitions to international and regional human rights systems, including the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights, to protect civic space in Sub-Saharan African countries. William also worked on the organization’s domestic initiative tackling the issue of pretrial detention within the criminal justice system. William received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, M.A. in Chinese Philosophy from Fudan University, and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. 
  • Mai El-Sadany: Mai served as the first Pinto Fellow in 2015-2016 and is now a Legal Associate at the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL) and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP). Mai holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Georgetown Law. During her time as a Pinto Fellow, Mai spearheaded the organization's work on political repression in Egypt, including through the development of a submission to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of the detained student Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Hussein – who was subsequently released.

HRI is also excited to have helped facilitate a new and exciting initiative in 2017 that provided for two paid summer internships with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Also made possible through the generosity of the Pinto family, the Summer Associate position provides a generous stipend to qualifying J.D. or LL.M. students who successfully apply through a competitive process. More information about the position can be found in the call for applications, which is circulated to graduating J.D. students early in the Spring semester each year.


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