Intersex Justice Project

The Intersex Justice Project (IJP) seeks the end of medically invasive and unnecessary surgeries in the United States that target intersex children and adolescents by empowering intersex people of color to advance that change. IJP is dedicated to the inalienable rights of intersex people of color in the United States, however we are committed to forming alliances and coalitions with other intersex people of color both nationally and globally.

Our goals include:

  1. Working with other intersex organizations in the United States and globally who are committed to ending intersex genital surgeries.
  2. Educating the people about intersex human rights violations via empowering intersex people of color as leaders in this movement.
  3. Clearly articulating our demands, in coalition with other groups, to protect the bodily sovereignty of intersex children and young adults.
  4. Targeting hospitals that are performing these surgeries through direct action organizing with intersex groups and allies.
  5. Developing media that is aligned with our interest as intersex people of color that represents our voices, our passions and our goals.

Category: 

  • Intersex Justice

Internship description: 

The internship will support the ongoing work of IJP. After a significant win as part of the #endintersexsurgey campaign, Lurie Children's Hospital has issued an apology to intersex people who have been harmed at their hospital and has agreed to a six-month moratorium on intersex genital surgeries (started in July). As part of realizing this goal of permanently ending intersex surgeries at Lurie and supporting other initiatives in different parts of the country, we are partnering with InterACT, an intersex policy organization dedicated to protecting intersex youth.

The intern would learn more about the policy initiatives that are taking place in the country and support a regional initiative (as determined by IJP and InterACT). In addition to policy support, the intern will be responsible for maintaining the IJP Instagram and website in addition to designing a short-term project that supports the #endintersexsurgery campaign.

Internship skills needed: 

  • General knowledge of state policy and legislation (state-specific policy would be ideal and would be discussed as it relates to partnership with InterACT)
  • Awareness of intersex issues or a willingness to learn
  • Clear communication, honesty and transparency
  • Social media skills navigating Instagram, Facebook and TikTok
  • General knowledge on website maintenance ie. adding new content to Weebly
  • Project management skills

Office information:

Remote. I believe in check ins during weekly meetings and connecting the intern to mental health resources if needed.

COVID-19 changes:

IJP has always functioned as a remote project which is important given the COVID crisis.

Work hours: 

20-25 hours per week

How many people work at the organization: 

1

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

No