Named Internship Profile Summary - Andrew Longhi '14 (Class of 1981)


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Named Internship Profile Summary - Andrew Longhi '14 (Class of 1981)

  1. 1. Andrew Longhi grew up in Atlanta, GA and is a Government and Sociology double major, intent on exploring the intersection of law and public policy. In Summer 2012 he served as the President of Student Assembly, working on restructuring first year advising with the Dean's office and compiling student opinion for the Dartmouth Presidential Search Committee. He serves as an executive editor of the Dartmouth Law Journal and works on the Diversity and Community Affairs Committee of Student Assembly as chair. Andrew was a Rockefeller Center First Year Fellow and completed the Management and Leadership Development Program with Distinction. He has completed internships at the Charles Group, a small government relations firm in Washington, DC, and the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Andrew was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Winter 2013 Internship, with generous support from the Class of 1981 Public Affairs Internship Fund. Executive Summary from Andrew’s final report: The Equity Project is an initiative that seeks to make the juvenile justice system more fair and equitable for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. The project is currently engaged in site-based work in Santa Clara, California and Louisiana. The project examines obstacles to fair treatment by partnering with local stakeholders to identify areas of need and develop and implement local strategies with an eye towards replicating the work in other sites. The project is also developing a national curriculum to ensure that juvenile justice stakeholders and professionals (e.g. judges, defenders, prosecutors, probation officers, detention center staff, policymakers, etc.) are competent in issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGI/E) and understand the needs and experiences of LGBT youth at each stage of the delinquency process. The national team is also working on the Digital Stories project, an initiative to capture the powerful tales of both the successes and failures of the juvenile justice system. The director holds TA (technical assistance) sessions for [CLASS OF 1981 PUBLIC AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP FUND PUBLIC POLICY INTERN PROFILE] “Thank you to the Rockefeller Center and the Class of 1981 - This internship was nothing but the perfect experience to delve more into this often overlooked issue.”
  2. 2. interested parties around the country and seeks to build partnerships among organizations. Apart from finishing my long-term projects, I intend to keep learning about nondiscrimination policies for juvenile justice facilities, especially conditions of confinement for transgender youth, and apply them to my work in Vermont in the spring. I also plan on working with the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition on including LGBT affirming language in the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. The Equity Project will presenting on LGBT issues at the April meeting and then the coalition will help identify opportunities in the bill where requirements of funding streams can be modified to include LGBT programs and practices based on the Equity Project’s Hidden Injustice report. I will be meeting with the Senate Judiciary Committee staff on behalf of the Coalition’s Act4JJ project to advocate for the reauthorization of JJDPA and talk about the impact of the sequester on OJJDP funding streams and capability. I appreciated learning more about the inner workings of the nonprofit world. It requires not just detail-oriented goals to be able to effectively move policy, but also navigating often-difficult relationships with partner organizations. For example, on the NJJDPC, many of the coalition members could not sign onto action-oriented letters or policy recommendations due to their diverse constituencies. This gridlock led to many partnerships among organizations within the coalition. Andrew Longhi ’14 in a staff meeting with The Equity Project Director Christina Gilbert during his Winter 2013 Internship at The National Juvenile Defender Center. 2