ACLU-Humanity in Action Fellowship

The ACLU-Humanity in Action Fellowship provides two Senior Fellows the opportunity to work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. The Senior Fellows will work on progressive and civil liberties campaigns in Ohio under the direction of Michael Brickner, a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Netherlands 2002) and the Senior Policy Director at the ACLU of Ohio. The Fellowship is a short-term opportunity for Senior Fellows to gain exposure to policy research, outreach and advocacy over a 2-3 month period. 

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ACLU-Humanity in Action Fellowship in Policy Research and Advocacy with the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Dates: June - August 2017 (exact dates are flexible)
Supervisor: Michael Brickner, Senior Policy Director, ACLU of Ohio
Compensation: Fellowship stipend for living and travel expenses
Number of Positions: Two
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017 (applications will be reviewed as received)

The ACLU-Humanity in Action Fellowship provides Senior Fellows with the opportunity to work on the front line of social justice and civil liberties in the Midwest of the United States. The Senior Fellows will work closely with Michael Brickner, the Senior Policy Director of the ACLU of Ohio, on the organization’s ambitious 2017 agenda. Over a three month period, the Senior Fellows with conduct research, outreach and advocacy on some of the major challenges to civil liberties, including Islamophobia, immigration, free speech and press freedoms. 

"This is an extraordinary and important time to work on progressive and civil liberties campaigns in Ohio. The state is under enormous pressure," Michael Bricker wrote to Humanity in Action. "The ACLU of Ohio is looking to work with a great Humanity in Action Senior Fellow who can make serious contributions to our legal work while learning a huge amount about politics in Ohio."

About the ACLU of Ohio

The mission of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is to aid in maintaining and extending constitutional and other fundamental rights, liberties, privileges, and immunities, and to take all legitimate action in furtherance of that objective without political partisanship. The ACLU of Ohio is headquartered at the Max Wohl Civil Liberties Center in Cleveland. The organization also maintains a regional office in Columbus. The ACLU of Ohio has nearly 30,000 members and supporters statewide. Through education, litigation and lobbying, the ACLU seeks to preserve civil liberties for each new generation. The ACLU of Ohio is an affiliate of the national ACLU. Founded in 1920, the national ACLU includes more than 500,000 members in all 50 states, making it the foremost advocate of individual rights in the United States.  

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Support the ACLU of Ohio’s policy and advocacy strategy
  • Utilize various resources, such as legal, legislative, and social science writings, to conduct research 
  • Draft and manage records requests
  • Interview and screen individuals who have been affected by civil liberties issues
  • Analyze information to identify civil liberties trends and interests
  • Develop a strong knowledge of priority issues and policy campaigns
  • Write about issue campaigns to educate and activate supporters and coalition partners 
  • Support the ACLU’s legislative program through lobbying and developing strategy
  • Assist in education and outreach for campaign initiatives
  • Coordinate special projects as assigned by senior staff

Past Fellowship Recipients

Hasher Nisar was the 2015 ACLU-Humanity in Action Fellow. He is a graduate of Middlebury College with a major in Political Science. At the age of seven, Hasher moved to Pakistan to learn about his religion and culture. He lived in Islamabad for the next eight years. In Middlebury, Hasher worked as a research assistant where he analyzed how minority groups are portrayed in the media by coding headlines from major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Guardian. He has also worked with advocacy groups and has served on several boards. Hashar was an Opportunity Nation leader, advocating for expanding upward mobility and removing barriers to advancement in the United States. He has served on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, working with 29 other individuals to distribute $10 million in service-learning grants to communities across the United States and Canada. He was a board member for HOPE VT, a locally funded poverty agency in Middlebury, VT, learning how issues such as homelessness and hunger can be solved at the local level. He was an E3! Ambassador for The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, working to educate, empower, and engage AAPI communities. Hashar is also a Gates Millennium, Horatio Alger, and Nordstrom scholar. He was a Fellow for the Humanity in Action Fellowship in France in 2014.


The ACLU-Humanity in Action Fellowship is made possible through the support of the Germeshausen Foundation and the ACLU of Ohio. 

Eligibility and Application

All Humanity in Action Senior Fellows who have completed their Action Projects (or equivalent) are eligible to apply. Humanity in Action encourages those who are interested in gaining experience in law and grassroots campaigns to apply. The dates of the Fellowship are flexible for the right candidates.  

To apply for the ACLU-Humanity in Action Fellowship, please click here. Applications are due on April 10, 2017.