Every year, the Latika Roy Foundation offers law students the opportunity to intern with our active Advocacy team that disability laws and acts, and works towards their implementation and enforcement. Since our approach is rights-based and family-centred, educating the public, investigating complaints by individuals and families, and contributing to the drafting of new acts and policies on disability is an important part of what we do.
Our annual law internships give students the opportunity to work on with our legal expert on focussed, hands-on disability related projects that has been recognised and appreciated by individuals, families, disability rights activists and organisations, including Human Rights Watch. In the past, we have had interns working on our efforts to enable a disabled rape survivor receive her legal compensation, which she did, in record time. 150 million pwd, most of who have a lifetime of exclusion and ostracism to look forward to – at least 600 people who are directly affected by it, their families. At no other time do we learn as fast or well as in the first three years. For a glimpse of what law internships at the Foundation are like, check out this review by our intern Ojasvi, who worked on a critical analysis of the Rights of the Persons with Disability Act, 2016 vis-a-vis UNCRPD, 2006 and the PWD Act, 1995.