The Humanitarian Side of Law Enforcement
A major in law enforcement can lead to a career in humanitarian work, so don´t worry. One interesting area you could go into is human rights. There are many NGOs that work in this field all over the world, but you don´t necessarily have to travel to find work, of course. It´s just nice to! And it looks great on your CV of course, making applying of master´s programs and jobs easier.
The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law was founded in 1990. Each year, they co-host the Human Rights Film Series to demonstrate how film can be used as a tool to promote human rights. Get started early as a student at the Washington College of Law.
The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative is an NGO that was formed to support human rights and particularly support the implementation of the Harare Declaration in the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations. It´s based in India, so getting involved could take you there!
Anti-Slavery International is based in the U.K. It´s an NGO, registered charity and lobby group, and the world´s oldest international human rights organization. It focuses on eliminating slavery and related abuses like forces marriage and forced labor. They run a number of programs globally, so there´s plenty to do. To get involved, check out their website here: http://bit.ly/U3tspV.
If animals are you passion, there are some great organizations that focus on wildlife law enforcement. Africa is one of the prime locations where this type of work is very important. The Amazon is another area that must be protected if endangered flora and fauna is to exist until the next century. LAGA, the first wildlife law enforcement NGO in Africa that works in close collaboration with governments. To get in touch, go here: http://bit.ly/22Oa1xG.
With a major in law enforcement you could become an entry-level border patrol agent, a criminal defense paralegal, parole officer, correctional officer, customs and immigration enforcement officer, a private detective or a policy officer. But none of those things sound very humanitarian, do they?!!
Alternative options include becoming a fish and game warden, and getting away from it all. At least, spending a lot of time in the great outdoors. The median pay is $40,000 annually, and the cost of living is often lower in the types of rural areas where these jobs exist. This kind of work is beneficial to society.
Do you like children? Working as a child protective services worker will provide you with a salary of around $35,000 per year, and is crucial to any justice system. This job could also work abroad if you have a second language.
If the world of nonprofits seems more like your bag, working as a nonprofit organization advocate can provide you with a wide range of work duties, working on the behalf of victims of the justice system in many cases. The pay also varies, even going under $30,000 on occasion, but some NGOs and other nonprofits pay well, so shop around and look for opportunities for promotion wherever possible. For more info on careers, this website is worth a skim http://bit.ly/22OdDju.
It´s always useful to get a master´s degree. They qualify you to get a better job with better pay, yes. But they also allow you to do the most good. You can develop specialized skills that will greatly aid any organization you choose to work for.
The M.Sc. in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management – Law and Public Policy (online), offered by Walden University, USA, is a program that lasts 21 months. It will prepare you for executive management roles in criminal justice or transition to a career in education or consultancy. Specializations offered by the college actually include global leadership, emergency management, homeland security policy and coordination, policy analysis and terrorism, mediation and peace.
Alternatively, you could study for an M.A. in Global Criminology at Utrecht University, Netherlands. This 12-month course costs EUR 15,000 per year, and takes a multidisciplinary, critical and comparative perspective on criminology. There are tracks in global crime, and penology and forensic criminology.
A similar program Is the LL.M. in Transnational Criminal Justice, another 12-month program costing GBP 9,600, offered at the BBP University, London, UK. It will help you develop a deep understanding and practical skills regarding the prevention, control and interdiction of transnational crime.
Another option would be to study for an M.A. in Human Rights. The Central European University in Budapest, Hungary offers a program that lasts just 10 months and costs EUR 13,000 per year. Core courses include academic legal writing and research; accountability for war crimes; archives, evidence and human rights; and children´s rights and juvenile justice.
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