Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship Host Organizations

Our Masiyiwa-Bernstein fellowship partner organizations are engaged in cutting-edge human rights work, with a commitment to provide substantively rich opportunities for our fellows during their one year placement.

Every year, two organizations from our three fellowship categories (legal empowerment, rule of law, and NYU human rights institute) are selected, with applicants encouraged to apply to one or both of them, if interested.  Descriptions of our exciting partner organizations are provided below.  

Legal Empowerment

Beyond Legal Aid logo

Beyond Legal Aid is transforming how lawyers and communities work together. Beyond's model unites lawyers and activists to shift the power of the law to communities directly impacted by injustice: partnering with grassroots organizations to build community-located, community-operated, and most importantly community-directed legal aid programs.  Beyond  supports the empowerment of community members and  leverages the power of organized communities. Through their network of over 20 community-driven programs, Beyond collaborates with over 4000 underserved community members annually on a comprehensive range of legal issues including employment, housing, family, immigration, civil rights, and criminal records—combining legal services with organizing and activism to achieve more impact than lawyers working alone. 

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The Community Justice Project collaborates closely with community organizers and grassroots groups in low-income communities of color because they believe that a more democratic, more just and more equal society can only truly come about through grassroots organizing and social movement. They are a part of that social movement in South Florida and strive to support organizing through our varied and often innovative legal work. The Community Justice Project works in the areas of immigration, housing, climate (particular as it connects to housing), workers rights, bail, and disaster recovery.

Make the Road NY Logo

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Our model integrates multi-issue, multi-generational organizing – on workers’ rights, tenant rights, LGBTQ justice, youth power and policing, public schools and education justice, immigration justice, and climate – with an array of wraparound services that create a space of safety and support for entire families

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Law is supposed to be a sacred thread that ties us together, and protects each one of us. But for billions of people around the world the law is broken. It’s an abstraction, or worse, a threat, but not something we can use to exercise our basic rights. Namati is building a global movement of grassroots legal advocates who give people the power to understand, use, and shape the law.

Rule of Law and Defense of Dissent

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On human rights, the United States must be a beacon. Activists fighting for freedom around the globe continue to look to our country for inspiration and count on us for support. Upholding human rights is not only a moral obligation; it’s a vital national interest: America is strongest when our policies and actions match our values. Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals.

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has advocated for a more just and peaceful world since 1968. They work alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations, with a team including leading attorneys, advocates, entrepreneurs and writers united by a commitment to social justice. Whether in the United States or abroad, RFK Human Rights programs have pursued strategic litigation on key human rights issues, educated millions of students in human rights advocacy and fostered a social good approach to business and investment.

NYU Human Rights Institute or Clinics

NYU Global Justice Clinic Logo

The Global Justice Clinic engages in work to prevent, challenge, and redress rights violations in situations of global inequality.

Just Security Logo

Just Security is an online forum for the rigorous analysis of U.S. national security law and policy.

NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights Logo


NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights is the first-ever human rights center based at a business school and advances a "pro-business, high standards" model for business and human rights.