Scott Squires (BA 2010, University of Texas; MA 2018, expected) will intern during summer 2017 at the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), an environmental justice non-profit affiliated with EarthJustice’s International Program in their San Francisco, California office. AIDA is dedicated to providing legal and advocacy services throughout Latin America for causes as varied as marine and freshwater preservation, the protection of human rights for communities and environmental defenders, and litigating cases related to climate change. Scott will be working with the AIDA communications team on a number of advocacy campaigns including written advocacy and analysis, editing, media outreach, and social media and marketing campaigns.
At UT, Scott is a dual-Master’s candidate in Global Policy Studies and Journalism. His areas of interest include protections for journalists in Mexico and searching for rights-based models of economic development. As a journalist, he has pursued stories that have highlighted human rights abuses worldwide. His previous work includes: reportage on the economic inequality among Greek and Turkish-Cypriots across Cyprus' UN-imposed cease-fire line; a photographic essay exposing the challenges faced by children working in a silver mine in Potosí, Bolivia; and reportage on the expansion of a for-profit family detention facility for undocumented immigrants in Karnes City, Texas. In all these cases, Scott's goal was to tell the stories of those who cannot speak for themselves in hopes of building public awareness and exacting policy change. During summer 2016, Scott worked as Graduate Fellow at the Rapoport Center. After graduation, Scott hopes to work as a journalist or with international human rights NGOs.