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Pam Bruns, STF Executive Director [Email]

Pam created the vision for the Student Task Force and organized its co-founders in 1999. Early in her career during the Vietnam War, she traveled to Thailand to research the extent of the communist insurgency in northern border areas; she also was a freelance journalist and wrote about Eastern Europe, the Munich Olympics in 1972, holocaust survivors and other subjects. Pam became a public education reform activist and teacher (third grade through high school) before joining the Milken Family Foundation as a Public Affairs Specialist, working to promote excellence in teaching in the U.S.

From 1996-2002 Pam served as Director of Human Rights Watch in Southern California. She broadened support for HRW in Los Angeles by establishing the Young Advocates, Women’s Rights Committee, HRW University Project and the Student Task Force. As adjunct professor teaching human rights at Mount St. Mary’s College, she founded the Human Rights Film Festival in 2003. Volunteering to direct STF and developing human rights education as part of STF has been Pam’s primary focus since 2005.

Kristin Ghazarians, STF Manager [Email]

Kristin is a graduate from Syracuse University’s Public Diplomacy program and University of California, San Diego’s International Studies department. Her background is in international relations, conflict resolution and public relations.  She worked for Amnesty International as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office Administrator in Washington, DC, interned with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and taught English in Cambodia and Los Angeles. Kristin loves to travel and has spent a lot of time focusing on human rights while abroad. She has dedicated her academic and professional careers to human rights and enjoys working with the STF community.

Nancy Nazarian-Medina, STF Program Advisor [Email]

Nancy is a co-founder of STF and has been an essential member of the STF leadership team since 1999. She currently volunteers as the STF Program Advisor in the Santa Clarita Valley mentoring several STF high school chapters and coordinating STF activities with the William S. Hart District School District administrators. Nancy established a partnership between STF SCV and the public libraries of the City of Santa Clarita. Additionally, Nancy is Director of Religious Education at St. Clare of Assisi Church where she integrates human rights education into the curriculum and service-learning projects for students in grades K-8th. She is facilitator for the national Virtus-Safe Guard the Children Program training teachers, parents and volunteers about the risk of child abuse and how a community can take preventative measures to protect children from abuse. Previously Nancy served as Dean of Students at Immaculate Heart High School and taught AP Government, AP U.S. History and Economics and developed curriculum for a senior year elective, International Relations, which she taught for seven years. She was also a Curriculum Developer and Trainer for the online education program, One Global Tribe, focusing on service-learning projects with an emphasis on human rights issues. Nancy holds a M.A. in Conflict Resolution.

Marianna Babboni, Fall 2019 STF Intern

Marianna is a Diplomacy and World Affairs major at Occidental College with a passion for human rights. Some of her favorite courses at Oxy are human rights in the Americas, international law, and theories of revolution. Her studies have also led her to conduct research in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on the influence of civil society and the informal sector on political upheaval. Her primary interests in migrant studies and refugee rights stem from her summers spent working at an initial reception center in Southern Italy and at CARECEN, a non-profit immigration law center in Los Angeles. Marianna most recently worked with UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, at their liaison office in New York city. She was responsible for reporting on the work of the General Assembly’s Third Committee on social, humanitarian, and cultural issues. She hopes to build off of her academic, practical, and professional experiences to help further human rights education throughout high schools in Los Angeles. She is incredibly excited to join the STF team and meet her young student leaders!

Eden Ballard, Academic Year 2019-2020 STF Intern

Eden is a fourth-year Global Studies student at UCLA. In addition to being Managing Editor at The Generation, UCLA’s Foreign Affairs Magazine, she also works part time at an immigration law firm in Santa Monica. This year Eden will be writing her thesis on how the UN Trusteeship Council, charged with appointing developed countries to oversee former colonies in their transition to independent nation-states following WWII, ultimately inflamed racialized capitalism and perpetuated uneven development. Eden’s interests in human rights were piqued by her time working as a communication assistant at the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. She is particularly interested by the issues of climate change, poverty, and gender equality. Eden is thrilled to have joined the HRW STF and looks forward to applying what she learns from her time at HRW when she moves abroad for work after graduation.

Carina Baylon, Fall 2019 STF Intern

Carina is a second-year student at College of the Canyons studying Social Justice. She aims to transfer to a university to study Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and Global Affairs. At College of the Canyons, Carina has been involved in numerous clubs revolving around human rights including, but not limited to- HUB Club, Gender Sexuality Club, MyGenMy Fight, and the American Association of University Women. She is very passionate about human rights issues, especially in the areas of equality and reproductive justice. Carina found her passion for advocacy work when she began organizing for Feminist Majority, a non-profit organization that works for social, political, and economic equality for womxn. Carina was a Lead Campus Organizer for their #VoteFeminist campaign, which encouraged students to vote during the Midterm Elections of 2018. During that time, she also worked with Congresswoman Katie Hill in CA-25 as a volunteer during her 2018 Congressional campaign. Afterwards, she continued to work with Feminist Majority in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, doing research. Her research and data analysis on Women’s Marches from 2017-2019 was referenced by Ms. Magazine in early 2019. She is looking forward to working with Student Task Force to engage the youth in her community and promote human rights education.

Crystal Martinez Gonzalez, Fall 2019 STF Intern

Crystal is a fourth-year student at Occidental College where she studies Diplomacy and World Affairs with a focus on Latin American Studies. Besides STF, she also shares her time working with the Neighborhood Partnership Program and Gear Up 4 LA as a College Coach at Bernstein/STEM Academy High School. Having spent her 2019 Spring Semester in Argentina studying human rights and social movements, Crystal became extremely interested in issues affecting the Global South, specifically Latin America, like migration, neoliberalism, climate change, indigenous peoples, and the power of social movements and community organizations. As Crystal approaches her last year of undergrad, she is currently writing her comprehensive thesis about the Mapuche people, an indigenous peoples nation that reside in the two countries of Chile and Argentina, and study their place within the frames of the nation-state, state repression, climate change, and the international human rights system. Crystal is thrilled to engage in human rights education as well as empower the STF student leaders she will be working with.

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