AHRC Holds Sembreak Internship Program
| Ateneo Law students
with local people of Mindoro
Seventeen students from the Ateneo Law School participated in
Ateneo Human Rights
Center (AHRC) Sembreak Internship Program
by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF). The interns underwent
the Basic Orientation Seminar from October 30 to November 3 at
the Splash Mountain Hotel, a six-day immersion at Oriental Mindoro,
and the program culminated in the Evaluation/Rest & Recreation
at Puerto Galera, Mindoro.
The Internship Program of the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC)
is designed to expose law students and graduates to the
plight of vulnerable sectors of society and to provide
training on human rights advocacy or alternative lawyering. “We
hope that eventually, we can consolidate the concerns
of the marginalized and develop way how to properly address
them,” said FNF Resident Representative, Mr. Siegfried
During the Basic Orientation Seminar, the participants were presented
with the specific human rights concerns with the help of guest
speakers who are experts in their fields.
Aside from the lectures, the interns actively participated in the
workshops on interviewing clients, giving paralegal training sessions
and on affidavit making. There were also group activities and session
which aimed to promote unity and camaraderie between and among the
For the immersion, the interns went to San Mariano, Oriental
Mindoro to live with the Mangyans. “We want
the interns to directly experience grassroots poverty
and learn about the issues affecting vulnerable groups. The immersion
will further deepen their understanding of the marginalized,”
expressed AHRC Internship Director Atty. Lovely-Ann Carlos.
During the Immersion proper, some participants were able to use
the skills they learned during the Basic Orientation Seminar and
conducted paralegal training seminars and group discussions which
educated the Mangyans on their rights over their ancestral land.
The Sembreak Program ended with an evaluation, where the interns
were guided in processing their experience.