King's Student Interns at Pro-Life United Nations Watchdog
Nick Dunn's research internship includes published article
Students attending The King’s College have vast opportunities for jobs, internships, and networking in New York City. Our students have interned in such institutions as the United Nations, investment banks, broadcast news stations, radio and television production, non-profit think tanks, and human rights organizations.
In his own words, Junior Nick Dunn, an intern at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, explains the significance of the organization and how he has helped contribute to its work:
The mission of The King’s College is unique among American Christian colleges in that it seeks nothing less than to influence the major institutions in society. In his opening letter to The King’s College, President D’Souza observes that there are crises in many institutions. Wall Street and Capitol Hill come to mind.
But there is one institution that is often forgotten in a nation that seems to be unduly preoccupied with itself—an institution that sits on a small strip of land along the East River in Manhattan: the United Nations. Many have called for reform at the UN in the recent decades; others have called for the United States to withdraw completely from the UN. Arguments for both stem from the notion that the UN is either corrupt or futile.
Yet those who hold the latter view—in my opinion—fail to realize the significance of international law. Perhaps my perspective is shaped by my experience as a research intern at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), a pro-life, non-governmental organization (NGO) at the UN.
Since 1997, C-FAM has been a watchdog at the UN—advancing life and family in the social policy debate, and publicizing the debate through weekly newsletters and a series of scholarly white papers and briefing papers.
The organization has four core values: perseverance, professionalism, truth-telling, and a fidelity to the Magisterium. Everything we do is informed by our unwavering commitment to the inherent dignity of the human person; life should be protected in all its stages, and traditional marriage should be defended. These issues receive sufficient attention on an international level.
Consider the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a UN agency that aggressively promotes population control, including China’s draconian one-child policy. The United States did not fund the UNFPA under the Bush administration, but with the election of President Obama taxpayer dollars are again funding an organization that believes contraception and abortion are human rights.
Or, take the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), an NGO that recently received consultative status at the UN and advocates penalization for those who criticize the homosexual agenda.
This month, I wrote an article about the newly appointed head of UN Women: former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet. Pro-abortion groups lauded her selection. What does this tell you about her and the goals of this new agency?
In short, the radical social agenda that is advanced by many at the UN should not be underestimated.
We applaud Nick for his work at C-FAM. Through engaging the United Nations on such a serious issue as life, and by writing for concerned citizens, he is living out the mission of The King's College—to prepare students for careers in which they will help shape and lead the institutions that influence our society.
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