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STF Intern and Volunteer Alumni

 2016-2017

Audrey Abergel, Fall 2016 STF Volunteer

As a past STF co-president at Valencia High School, I’m thrilled to be joining the team again. But this time, as an intern. I recently graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada where I majored in political science with a focus in US Studies. I’m currently in the process of applying to law school and hope to be attending in the next coming fall of 2017. I plan to focus on human rights or civil rights law once given the privledge of attending school again.

Ariana Arzani, Fall 2016 STF Intern

Ariana is a current junior at USC studying Philosophy, Politics, and Law with a double minor in Business Law and Human Rights. Her passion for human rights was sparked during her semester abroad in Paris where she volunteered at refugee camps helping Kurdish and Afghani refugees. Currently, she also interns at the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown LA on the weekends. At USC, she serves as the VP of Professionalism for USC’s Pre-Law fraternity, works as an Administrative Assistant at USC Gould School of Law, conducts research in the Political Science department, and writes for The Daily Trojan. In her free time Ariana enjoys biking and spending time with friends and family. She looks forward to a future devoted to helping others in the best way she can.

Danielle Brody, Summer 2016 STF Intern

Dani is a rising sophomore majoring in Human Rights at Columbia University. Her passion for human rights was first ignited at Harvard-Westlake, where she served as the president of the Model United Nations club and Girls Learn International, a girls’ and women’s advocacy club on campus. She later applied her interest in human rights to conflict resolution through her work with Muslims and Jews Inspiring Change, an interfaith committee that received Governor Brown’s faith-based organization of the year award. At Columbia, Dani is a residential advisor for a first-year dorm, works in the Admissions Office as a member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee and is a sister of Sigma Delta Tau. In addition to working with the Student Task Force, Dani is interning at Congressman Adam Schiff’s district office this summer.

Sharon Han, Summer 2016 STF Intern

Sharon is a rising senior majoring in International Relations from La Cañada Flintridge, California. She is currently an Administrative Assistant at the USC Gould School of Law, and is the Director of Philanthropy for Phi Alpha Delta (USC’s only pre-law Fraternity). Next spring, she will be studying in Washington D.C., and plans to pursue an internship either in the public sector or with a think tank. After graduation, Sharon plans to pursue a Fulbright Award to study in South Korea regarding reunification of the two Koreas.

Bri-Ann Hernandez, Spring 2017 STF Volunteer

Bri-Ann is a graduate from University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A in Psychology and Minor in French. Her passion has always been women’s rights studies. During her undergraduate career, she interned at the Alliance for Children’s Rights supporting the rights of foster care youth and assisted in a psychology lab as a research assistant investigating how antigay bias negatively impacts the physical health of gay men and lesbians. After graduating, she moved to Fameck, France to teach English to high school students by educating them on human right’s globally. She intends to earn a Master’s in International Relations with a concentration on human rights. Outside of advocacy, Bri-Ann enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures and journaling.

katie_linderKatie Linder, Spring 2017 STF Intern

Katie Linder is a junior at UCLA studying Spanish and political science with a focus on international relations, and is originally from a small town near Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has previously interned in the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. She spent last summer as a marketing intern at a start-up travel technology company in Barcelona. On campus, Katie serves as the fundraising director for Project Literacy, which is a student group that aims to improve literacy rates in underserved areas of Los Angeles. She also spends her time writing for The Generation: UCLA’s Foreign Affairs Magazine. Katie has a passion for human rights, foreign affairs and travel, and looks forward to a future career through which she can explore those passions further.

Ijeoma Oti, Summer and Fall 2016 STF Intern

Ijeoma Oti is a sophomore majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Law and minoring in Human Rights and Business Finance. She has previously interned at the LAX Superior Court and Stone, Grzegorek, & Gonzalez, a boutique U.S. immigration law firm downtown. On campus, Ijeoma serves as Director of Operations for the non-profit USC Chapter PCI, a delegate for Diversity Affairs, and an active member of Phi Alpha Delta USC’s pre-law fraternity and Alpha Lambda Delta USC’s honor society. For the upcoming year, she has been elected as the Associate Director of the Pan African Student Association and the Community Outreach Chair for the Black Student Association. With the Levin Scholarship, She will be interning at Human Rights Watch. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a J.D. and practice as an international human rights lawyer.

1519265_10201131622029123_1679765911_oAngela Peckham, 2016-2017 Summer and Academic Year STF Intern

Angela Peckham is a Senior Diplomacy and World Affairs Major at Occidental College and is originally from Sacramento, CA. She spent the fall semester of her junior year in Geneva, Switzerland, studying the United Nations and other international organizations. While abroad, Angela began research on female Muslim refugee resettlement, and has continued this research while in Los Angeles. In the past, she has worked within the field of international trade, however has most recently spent time as a case worker at a refugee resettlement agency. She initially became interested in student advocacy while tutoring LA high school students. At Occidental, she is the President of Phi Beta Lambda National Business Fraternity and a campus tour guide. Angela looks forward to a future involving refugee resettlement and female empowerment.

crystal_razaviCrystal Razavi, Spring 2017 STF Intern

Crystal Razavi is a junior at USC studying psychology and health and human sciences with a pre-law emphasis. Crystal spent her freshman year of college studying abroad in Paris, France at the American University of Paris. While abroad, she served as her university’s Director of Community Services where she helped raise awareness and inspired students to take initiative in lending a helping hand towards the less fortunate. She previously interned at UCI’s Medical Hospital where she worked closely with physicians to research gender differences in the outcome of patients with peripheral arterial disease. She has also worked at the California State Controller’s office where she did research on the housing crisis, homelessness, and poverty in California. Her interest in human rights sparked after spending a week in Cusco, Peru setting up medical clinics in underdeveloped villages and hopes to further explore her passions with the Student Task Force team this spring.

 

2015-2016

Ripsime Biyazyan, Spring 2016 STF Intern

Ripsime Biyazyan is a senior at Occidental College majoring in Diplomacy and World Affairs with minors in Math and Economics. In the Fall of 2015, she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain while doing a language intensive program and studying about the European Union. Ripsime traveled to Cuba in May of 2015 to do research about civil society and the media for her senior thesis. She has also traveled to Yerevan, Armenia, where she was born, to work with local NGOs in improving youth education and motivation for change in the provinces as well as English education. Ripsime has always been very passion about human rights especially genocide awareness and education, women’s rights, human rights approach to sustainable development and economic development. Ripsime is very excited to start working as an STF intern this semester.

Kristin Causey, Spring 2016 STF Intern

Kristin Causey is a senior at Pepperdine University, majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Intercultural Communication and a minor in Sociology. Kristin spent her sophomore year studying in Italy, where she had the opportunity to participate in a listening summit on international human rights with Italian students for the University of Florence. While in Italy, she also taught english to young children and coordinated volunteer projects for her fellow Pepperdine students. Most recently, she spent some time in Kenya this summer working for a nonprofit for former street kids. After graduation this spring, Kristin has another human rights internship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She loves to travel and is passionate about all matters concerning human rights, especially human trafficking, women’s education, and the rights of refugees. During her time at Pepperdine, Kristin has served as her sorority’s president and has been involved in and led various volunteer and philanthropy events.

Natalie Dolloff, Spring 2016 STF Intern

Natalie Dolloff is a senior at UCLA double majoring in Political Science and Arabic Language & Islamic Culture with a minor in Global Studies. Natalie has been a huge advocate for human rights since she was little. Since starting college, her focus has mainly been on refugees in the Middle East, specifically in Palestine and Jordan. Two years ago Natalie spent time in Morocco studying Conflict Resolution and Islamic Society & Politics as well as honing her Arabic language skills. She looks forward to working with the STF students and staff this semester!

Thea Fanni, Summer 2015 STF Intern

Thea has just finished her first year at Queen Mary University of London’s Law School. She was born in Switzerland and grew up in Italy, and she enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. She is fluent in French, Italian and English and is currently learning German. Her research interests include terrorism, prisoner’s rights and children’s rights and she hopes to pursue a legal career in either England or the United States. Thea first gained interest in Human Rights Watch during her high school years and is looking forward to be part of the STF team and to learn more about the on going projects.

Yvonne Gonzalez, Academic Year STF Intern

​Yvonne Gonzalez is currently attending her second year at College of the Canyons in Valencia, CA. She plans to major in International Relations and Business after transferring to a four-year university in the fall of 2016. After finishing her undergraduate education, she intends to continue her studies in law school to become a defense attorney and tackle a variety of issues including children’s rights, animal rights, environmental rights, and the criminal justice system. She has been an active member of the San Fernando Police Explorer Post 521E since 2011, and has contributed over 500 hours of volunteering. Her experience as squad leader and senior explorer has taught her essential leadership and communication skills. She also remains as Public Relations Officer for the Association of Latino American Students at College of the Canyons. Together they have hosted various events in the community including Latin American Night at a local nursing home, a Spring Cleaning Clothing Drive on campus, and a Cesar Chavez Movie Night. She hopes her experience with the Human Rights Watch will bring her more opportunities to help the community and fight for those without a voice.

Susie Han, Academic Year STF Intern

Susie Han is a senior at Pepperdine University, majoring in International Studies with a specialization in Intercultural Communications and Nonprofit Management. Susie recently studied the role of nonprofit sustainability in Jinja, Uganda this past May while also observing the powerful effects of community development and local empowerment. She then spent time working directly with refugee families and children while interning with World Relief in Chicago. Susie also studied abroad in Florence, Italy working as the Service Coordinator and was able to observe cross-cultural experiences between American and Italian students in various forms. Her initial interest in human rights issues began through her discovery of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s Lord Resistance Army. Since then, she has gained a passion to see the world and meet it’s people while further understanding her role as a global citizen. Susie is excited for this opportunity to further her knowledge on human rights and empower young people to be advocates.

Daniel Lynn, Academic Year STF Volunteer

Daniel Lynn is a Senior at California State University Northridge majoring in History with a minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies. His research mostly focuses on the Modern Middle East with an emphasis on political movements and displaced peoples. In addition, Daniel is also studying Arabic at University of California Los Angeles and has studied abroad at the Lebanese American University in Byblos, Lebanon. Daniel is excited to join HRW STF and is looking forward to working with the students and staff.

Alicia Minana Lovelace, Summer 2015 STF Intern

Alicia is a rising junior at Yale University studying History and Latin American Studies. Her commitment to HRW’s mission stems from experience volunteering and studying abroad in small towns of Nicaragua and Brazil, assisting charter elementary schools in Oakland, California, and also from growing up and volunteering to promote children’s rights, with a focus on education for those with learning differences, in her home city of Los Angeles. She spent last summer in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro engaged in extensive coursework in Portuguese on the colonial history of Brazil. At Yale, Alicia hopes to continue her studies on the nature of civil wars, post-conflict politics, and human rights, with an emphasis on the legacy of colonialism and the subjugation of indigenous people in Latin America. Through her knowledge and love of the Spanish and Portuguese languages she hopes to have the opportunity to work in South America either as an educator or conducting research to expand human rights education initiatives in the future.

Vanessa Nahigian, Summer and Fall 2015 STF Intern

Vanessa Nahigian is a iunior at the University of Southern California, majoring in International Relations and Global Business. Vanessa has always been passionate about studying Human Rights issues as well as working with students. Her research interests include children’s rights, human trafficking, genocide, and human rights issues in developing nations. During the summer of 2014, Vanessa travelled to Dubai to conduct research on Forced Labor and Human Trafficking in the Gulf Coast Area. She loves to travel and is dedicated to supporting Human Rights efforts all over the world. She hopes to study International Law following her undergraduate career.

Heather Odell, Summer and Fall 2015 STF Intern

Heather Odell is a senior at Pepperdine University, majoring in International Studies with a specialization in Political Studies, and Hispanic Studies. She is also earning a Certificate in Conflict Management from the Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution. Heather studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where, as the Service Learning Coordinator, she had the opportunity to connect students to service opportunities in the community. Heather has long been interested in both education and human rights. Throughout her college career, she has volunteered as a tutor at Camp Miller, a local juvenile delinquent center, and at Language Connection, a program that teaches conversational English skills to day laborers at the Malibu Labor Exchange. Heather’s interest in human rights stemmed from her involvement in the Social Action and Justice Colloquium program at Pepperdine, and subsequent coursework in international human rights. Heather is a member of Pepperdine’s Model United Nations team, where she served as the delegate to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees this past year at the annual conference in New York. Heather plans to pursue a Master of International Affairs, with a concentration in Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy. Heather is very excited about the opportunity to work with the students and staff at HRW STF.

David Soper, Winter 2016 STF Intern

David Soper is a Junior at Carleton College in Minnesota. He studies Political Science, with a focus on Political Philosophy/Theory. His research focuses primarily on the role of religion plays in various political ideologies. Over the Summer of 2015, he studied Economics at Cambridge University and is taking a term off from Carleton to work with Human Rights Watch Student Task Force. David has also worked at El Rescate in Los Angeles helping undocumented immigrants seeking asylum. David is very passionate about human rights and is excited to be able to work with Student Task Force this Winter.

Mackenzie Wright, Academic Year STF Intern

Mackenzie Wright is a senior at Occidental College, majoring in Diplomacy and World Affairs. Mackenzie has always been passionate about studying Human Rights issues and is very excited to work with students defending the rights of people worldwide. During the summer of 2014, she travelled to Rwanda and Uganda to conduct research on Post Genocide/Conflict Resolution and Peace Building. She also spent a semester in Spain studying Language and Culture. Mackenzie’s research interests include children’s rights, genocide, education, women’s rights, human trafficking and human rights issues in developing nations. She loves to travel and is dedicated to supporting Human Rights efforts all over the world. Mackenzie can’t wait to start working with students who are also passionate about Human Rights. Mackenzie has also been a youth lacrosse umpire, teacher’s assistant and is a Varsity lacrosse player at Occidental.

 

 2014-2015

Jordan Abrams, Spring 2015 STF Intern

Jordan Abrams is an experienced STF member. She started with Student Task Force in 2011 as a regular team member in her high school chapter, who eventually worked up to STF president in 2012. Jordan is majoring in economics at her local community college, with plans to transfer in fall 2015. She is interested in lawmaking would like to attend law school, specifically studying constitutional law. Eventually, she would like to move into working within different international organizations, improving human rights worldwide. Child trafficking and women’s rights issues are held close to her heart, and she would like to work with organizations that advocate those improvements.

Younus Alborjermi, Fall 2014 STF Intern

My name is Younus Al-Bojermi, I am a Palestinian-American that was born in Houston, Texas and raised in the Santa Clarita Valley. During high school I participated in Speech & Debate and competed at the California State Speech Championship. Currently, I am majoring in political science at College of the Canyons and I hope to transfer to UC Berkeley where I plan to later study law. Over the last few years I have been drawn towards studying human rights and their importance. Like many, I believe that we are all born equal and should have equal rights and opportunities in this life without being subject to indignities. Knowledge is power, and I hope to share, as well as gain, as much knowledge as possible amongst the youth in my community.

Bo Chan, Summer 2014 STF Intern

Sarah Catallo is a senior currently enrolled in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. As a USC Dean’s List student double majoring in Environmental Studies and International Relations with a concentration in Security Studies, she hopes to facilitate her unwavering passion for civil rights and international affairs by promoting human rights education in all aspects of her life. She will graduate from USC in May, and hopes to attend graduate school in the near future.

Sarah Catallo, Spring 2015 STF Intern

Sarah Catallo is a senior currently enrolled in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. As a USC Dean’s List student double majoring in Environmental Studies and International Relations with a concentration in Security Studies, she hopes to facilitate her unwavering passion for civil rights and international affairs by promoting human rights education in all aspects of her life. She will graduate from USC in May, and hopes to attend graduate school in the near future.

Natalie Geismar, Summer 2014 STF Intern

Natalie is an incoming senior at Oakwood School in North Hollywood, and is the co-founder and co-president of Oakwood’s STF chapter. Over the past year, she has worked both in and out of school on STF’s EMUS campaign, meeting with government officials, designing and leading school events, and gathering photos for the EMUS Tumblr campaign. She is also president of Oakwood’s chapter of Girls Learn International, and has worked with GLI for the past two years on various campaigns to help women and girls worldwide gain access to education. She enjoys peer tutoring and playing on her school’s tennis team, and she is Oakwood’s Student Body President. Natalie is passionate about human rights and hopes to expand her involvement in human rights work this summer as an STF intern.

Coralie Hentsche, Fall 2014 STF Intern

Coralie is a Swiss and French student, recently graduated from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. She joined the Student Task Force team as an intern when she moved to Los Angeles in September 2014 to finish her postgraduate studies at UCLA. She has previous experience in communication and public relations and is currently specializing in web marketing. She is particularly interested in the cause of human rights and she has participated in the creation of Human Rights Watch Geneva Committee, which she continues to support. Coralie also leads the communication and media strategy of the Act On Your Future foundation, a non-profit youth-led foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland, which puts human rights at the center of its learning experience.

Alexa Mencia, Academic Year STF Intern

Alexa Mencia is a student at the University of Southern California, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Human Rights. With her focus on foreign policy analysis, Alexa hopes to influence policy-making globally in order to reduce human rights violations and to promote international peace. Last semester, Alexa studied abroad at King’s College London and completed coursework in the unique War Studies department. In her studies abroad, she worked to develop her understanding of conflict in order to foster resolution of or deterrence from violence. In past summers, Alexa participated in a field research program in Egypt and Turkey, analyzing the education systems of these two Islamic democracies. In September 2013, Alexa presented her research in a panel at the 2013 ISA West Annual Conference, and she is in the process of publishing her work with the Southern California International Review. Alexa Mencia is the proud co-founder of the ONE Campaign chapter on USC’s campus, an organization that aims to eradicate poverty and preventable disease in sub-Saharan Africa. Alexa is excited to join the Student Task Force team this year, and work on the intersection of two of her main interests: education and human rights.

Tracy Navichoque, Fall 2014 STF Volunteer

Tracy Navichoque is a recent graduate from Northwestern University. With a bachelor’s degree in history and international studies, she studied abroad in Turkey and learned about the rights of refugees. As the former director of the Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights, Tracy organized a three-day summit exploring the relationship between environmental and human rights. Tracy has previously interned at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, worked at the Hammer Museum, and tutored bilingual students through the America Reads program.

Alex Sleisenger, Spring 2015 STF Intern

Alex Sleisenger is a senior at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), majoring in French, with minors in Global Studies and Public Affairs. His research interests include human trafficking, terrorism, and children’s and women’s rights. Alex interned at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, CA and at the Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in Washington, DC. He studied genocide and international law at L’Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, and the globalization of markets at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. onal law at L’Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, and the globalization of markets at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China.

Alex Whittemore, Summer 2014 STF Intern

Alex is a current MPP candidate at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy with a focus on International Relations and Economics. After graduating from the University of Washington with her BA in Political Science, Alex spent the past years traveling and working for various non-profit organizations including living and working in Cusco, Peru. While in Peru, Alex worked with an NGO focused on the protection of child labor rights. Through this work, she developed a strong passion for human rights advocacy and gained insight into the difficulties of working to protect universal human rights. It was the realization of the importance of looking at human rights issues on a larger scale that drove Alex to pursue her masters in policy. Alex hopes to build a career working in the field of international human rights policy in hopes of helping to improve policy that serves to protect universal human rights.

 

2013-2014

Nina Benjamin, Winter 2014 STF Intern

Nina is currently a graduate student at Boston University and she is pursing her masters in International Relations and Religion. With her coursework completed, she is back in her home state of California working on her MA thesis on Religious Nationalism in Pakistan. She completed undergraduate degrees in Global Studies and Religious Studies at La Sierra University. Her interest in human rights, specifically rights to education and religious freedoms began when she volunteered as an elementary teacher in Micronesia. The experienced taught her about the essential role education and rights-focused policy has in bettering lives. Since then, her academic and professional work has focused on advocating for human rights and she one day aims to obtain a career that providers her with the opportunity to continue this type of work.

Alique Berberian, Summer 2013 STF Intern

Alique Berberian is approaching her third year at Occidental College in Los Angeles, studying Diplomacy and World Affairs with minors in Spanish and Global Public Health. She is active within the Occidental community as she is a member of the college’s Model United Nations team, is the president of the Armenian Students Association as well as a member of the Occidental’s Division III, Varsity Swimming and Diving Team. She will be studying abroad in Valparaiso, Chile during her fall semester of 2013. There, she will follow her passion for human rights by studying social justice and community development while conducting an independent study on marginalized Chilean communities and indigenous people’s human rights. Alique enjoys spending time outdoors and has a passion for photography.

Jessica Carbonneau, Academic Year STF Intern

Jessica is going into her third year at UCLA as a Global Studies and Political Science major with a minor in Public Policy. An active leader on campus with various organizations such as Cru and IJM (International Justice Mission), Jess has also seen the need in getting involved with the community of Los Angeles at large. As a previous intern at the Santa Monica Legal Aid Self-Help Center, she developed an eagerness in helping people gain access to their legal rights here in LA. This grew into a passion for advocacy of human rights and social justice around the globe an is hoping to continue to pursue this focus in the upcoming year. In her spare time, Jess enjoys planning events with friends, traveling, reading, and the outdoors.

Elizabeth Delgado, Academic Year STF Intern

Elizabeth Delgado is currently a student at College of the Canyons, who identifies with Human Rights Watch’s mission, and desires to create social change in her community. She has worked and volunteered for a variety of non-profit organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of America, Santa Clarita Film Festival, and Santa Clarita Community Center and is currently the Membership Chair for the Improving Equality Access and Success club at College of the Canyons.. As the new Student Task Force Intern in the Santa Clarita Valley for Human Rights Watch, Elizabeth hopes to utilize her network of non-profits and organizations and create links to support the mission of Human Rights Watch, in particular the Student Task Force program. Elizabeth plans to transfer to a four year institution in Fall 2014 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a career where she can both empower and advocate for the disadvantage and promote social awareness.

Linda Gordon, Summer 2013 STF Intern

Linda Gordon is a junior at Santa Monica High School and President of the Samohi Human Rights Watch Student Task Force. Over the course of the past three years she has worked on national and international children’s rights campaigns, most recently on a juvenile justice campaign in California with the recently passed Senate Bill 9, and international work creating mobile libraries, which bring human rights education opportunities to thousands of refugees in camps in Chad. In addition to human rights work, she is the incoming editor-in-chief of her school’s yearbook, plays the flute in orchestra and band, and is a student ambassador for her high school. As a young human rights advocate she has led student and teacher workshops stressing the importance of knowing one’s rights, especially in the United States where human rights are commonly taken for granted by youth.

Noelle Little, Academic Year STF Intern

Noelle is currently in her fourth year at University of California, Los Angeles studying International Development. Her passions include gender and development, the role of women in armed conflict and peacebuilding, and access to education in conflict zones and refugees camps. She has spent two summers in Turkey as part of intensive language programs through the US Department of State. On campus, Noelle is involved with UCLA’s Student Wellness Commission’s Gender Health Committee and works as a writer and editor for UCLA’s Feminist Newsmagazine. In her spare time, Noelle enjoys art, music and exploring new restaurants.

Gillian Lopez, Summer 2013 STF Intern

Gillian is approaching her fourth year at the University of California, Merced where she will be graduating in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in management and a minor in psychology. She has been actively involved in leadership and community service since 2006, but today she serves as the president of her sorority, Delta Delta Delta and is a part of the Order of Omega honor society. Gillian has always had a desire to give back to her community, but this summer she is particularly interested in being a part of a larger picture learning more about human rights and global relations. After graduation, Gillian hopes to pursue a career in non-profit, and on her spare time, she enjoys cooking, art, and event planning.

 

2012-2013

 Allison Casey, Academic Year STF Intern

Allison is a third-year English major and Global Studies minor at UCLA. Allison has always worked to make a difference within her own community, but her passion for human rights was sparked when she came to UCLA and developed an interest in studying different cultures and communities around the world. Allison is particularly interested in the Right to Education, as she actively works with her sorority’s partner non-profit organization, Reading is Fundamental. Allison hopes to work towards a career in International Human Rights Law, and in her free time she enjoys the beach and finding the best restaurants in LA. She will be the 2012-2013 intern for Santa Monica High School and Crossroads School.

Breanna Cook, Academic Year STF Intern

Breanna is a fourth-year UCLA student graduating this year with a B.A. in Psychology. After returning from a semester abroad in Copenhagen this past spring, she started working in the non-profit sector as an intern at Mama’s Kitchen in San Diego. Her passion for social justice extends back to high school, during which she created and managed her own local charity, Food4FosterFamilies. Breanna enjoys traveling, exploring Los Angeles, and spending time outdoors. She will be the 2012-2013 intern for Palisades Charter High School and Wildwood School. 6/16 update:  I graduated from UCLA in 2013 and currently serve as the Collegiate Program Director for Transforming Youth Recovery, a nonprofit based in Reno. In my role, I provide ongoing consultation and support to universities across the country to help them establish programs on their campuses for students in recovery from addiction, and act as a national advocate for collegiate recovery programs. My internship at STF was my first opportunity to engage with social justice work professionally and undoubtedly helped me in my path to the career I have today.

Lea Garcia, Academic Year STF Volunteer

Breanna is a fourth-year UCLA student graduating this year with a B.A. in Psychology. After returning from a semester abroad in Copenhagen this past spring, she started working in the non-profit sector as an intern at Mama’s Kitchen in San Diego. Her passion for social justice extends back to high school, during which she created and managed her own local charity, Food4FosterFamilies. Breanna enjoys traveling, exploring Los Angeles, and spending time outdoors. She will be the 2012-2013 intern for Palisades Charter High School and Wildwood School. 6/16 update:  I graduated from UCLA in 2013 and currently serve as the Collegiate Program Agatha is a fourth-year UCLA student graduating with a B.A. in International Development 

Agatha Isabel, Winter 2013 STF Intern

Agatha is a fourth-year UCLA student graduating with a B.A. in International Development Studies and a minor in Global Studies. She has a lot of passion as well as experience working with children, schools and the community but has always had a strong interest in international and human rights issues. Her curiosity within different cultures and international issues began at a young age while traveling with her mother to different countries around the world. Agatha’s interest in international studies developed even more through her studies and work with a Non-profit in Kenya. She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy and one-day work as an Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State.

Anne Stotler, Spring 2013 STF Volunteer

Anne Stotler joined the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force as a volunteer in January 2013, supporting the development of the HRE USA network and mentoring the Carson High School STF chapter. Prior to joining STF, Anne became interested in education through her work as a JumpStart Corps Member in a Charlottesville, VA preschool and human rights education through an internship with Amnesty International’s Human Rights Education Service Corps in Washington, DC. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2011 and then spent a year working for Save the Children in Ethiopia. In addition to working with STF, she is also currently working for Interval House, a nonprofit working on domestic violence issues in Long Beach, CA. She will attend graduate school at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the fall.

 

2011-2012

Patricia Bitar, Summer and Fall 2011 STF Intern

After graduating from UCLA in 2012, Kristina moved back to my hometown of Monterey, California. Since then, She has been working at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, a comprehensive learning and social services center for underserved youth in Monterey County.After graduating from UCLA in 2012, Kristina moved back to my hometown of Monterey, California. Since then, She has been working at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, a comprehensive learning and social services center for underserved youth in Monterey County.

Kristina Bruno, Spring 2012 STF Intern

After graduating from UCLA in 2012, Kristina moved back to my hometown of Monterey, California. Since then, She has been working at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, a comprehensive learning and social services center for underserved youth in Monterey County. Through academic and voonal law at L’Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, and the globalization of markets at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China.

Mason Butts, Spring 2012 STF Intern

Mason is currently finishing his novice year at UCLA Teacher Education Program. He will be working at Augustus Hawkins next fall teaching Biology and will be completing my Master’s in Education, focusing on Urban Education. In the future he looks forward to continuing to invest in community development and the advocating for educational equity.Mason is currently finishing his novice year at UCLA Teacher Education Program. He will be working at Augustus Hawkins next fall teaching Biology and will be completing my Master’s in Education, focusing on Urban Education. In the future he looks forward to continuing to invest in community development and the advocating for educational equity.

Elena Cortez-Neavel, Fall 2011 STF Intern

Elena currently applying to medical school! She spent the last year finishing up her pre-med classes and has also started a clothing company for children with various physical, developmental, and medical needs, which has been extremely rewarding and fun.Elena currently applying to medical school! She spent the last year finishing up her pre-med classes and has also started a clothing company for children with various physical, developmental, and medical needs, which has been extremely rewarding and fun.

Liz Feiner, Spring 2012 STF Intern

eople ages 16-24 the skills and confidence they need to achieve their life goals, and to stem the rising rate of juvenile crime in Monterey county. She works as the school’s registrar and the Youth Leadership Council Advisor. She also teaches dance to underserved youth in thewithoung

Suzanne Johnson, Academic Year STF Intern

Through the international organization, Campus Crusade for Christ in South Asia, Suzanne mentored college students, equipping them as future leaders of their nation. She also raises awareness among students about the various injustices that are present in her city (sex trafficking, extreme poverty, a lack of basic education for many children, etc.).Through the international organization, Campus Crusade for Christ in South Asia, Suzanne mentored college students, equipping them as future leaders of their nation. She also raises awareness among students about the various injustices that are present in her city (sex trafficking, extreme poverty, a lack of basic education for many children, etc.).

James Kim, Summer 2011 STF Intern

After graduating from UCLA in 2012, Kristina moved back to my hometown of Monterey, California. Since then, She has been working at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, a compreh

ensive learning and social services center for underserved youth in Monterey County. Through academic and vocational program.

Doug Smith, Spring 2012 STF Intern

After graduating from UCLA in 2012, Kristina moved back to my hometown of Monterey, California. Since then, She has been working at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, a comprehensive learning and social services center for underserved youth in Monterey County. Through academic and vocational programming, it hope to give young people ages 16-24 the skills and confidence they need to achieve their life goals, and to stem the rising rate of juvenile crime in Monterey county. She

 

2010-2011

Amy Calfas, Summer 2010 and 2011 STF Intern

Amy is living in Washington D.C. and works at the US Institute of Peace (USIP), the top government agency dedicated to preventing, mitigating, and resolving violent conflict around the world. In her current capacity with our South Asia program, she regularly work with human rights activists, civil society leaders, and policy makers from the region in support of work on democracy, gender, interfaith dialogues, and countering violent extremism. In March, they hosted Afghan president .

This summer, she will be working with USIP to publish an extensive report on the 

Jeannie D’Agostino, Academic Year STF Intern

Jeannie is currently working as an Associate Director of Freshman Admissions at Drexel University in Philly and a focus on international recruitment and admissions. She travels to China and the Middle East mainly. She also just got married June 4th and just returned from a fabulous honeymoon to Croatia!

 

 

Deepti Immaraju, Academic Year STF Intern

year ago, Deepti decided to make a career sinto teaching, thanks in part to the invaluable experience she gained from my year as an STF intern as I mentored and trained high school students to become advocates for human rights. Beginning this fall, she will teach English and strategic communications at Da Vinci Communications, a high school in Hawthorne, CA. She is excited to bring her experiences working with two human rights organizations, HRW and International Justice Mission, as well as her professional experience in public relations/public affairs, to help equip my students to become compassionate change-makers 

Kaley Leshem, Summer 2010 STF Intern

A year ago, Deepti decided to make a career sinto teaching, thanks in part to the invaluable experience she gained from my year as an STF intern as I mentored and trained high school students to become advocates for human rights. Beginning this fall, she will teach English and strategic communications at Da Vinci Communications, a high school in Hawthorne, CA. She is excited to bring her experiences working with two human rights organizations, HRW and International Justice Mission, as well as her professional experience in public relations/public affairs, to help equip my students to become compassionate change-makers 

Vail Miller, Summer 2010 STF Intern

fter graduating from UCLA in 2012, Kristina moved back to my hometown of Monterey, California. Since then, She has been working at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, a comprehensive learning and social services center for underserved youth in Monterey County. Through academic and vocational programming, it hope to give young people ages 16-24 the skills and confidence they need to achieve their life goals, and to stem the rising rate of juvenile crime in Monterey county. She

2009-2010

Christine Adam, Fall 2009 STF Intern

Megan is the Policy Analyst for Unfold, a government relations start-up company. She analyzes federal and state legislation, and assist in developing advocacy strategies for nonprofits, trade associations, and businesses. She also contributes to the design and operation of their platform.  his time with STF, Chris has continued to reap the benefits of the skills I cultivated. In recent years, he has worked

Megan Pillar, Spring 2010 STF Intern

Megan is the Policy Analyst for Unfold, a government relations start-up company. She analyzes federal and state legislation, and assist in developing advocacy strategies for nonprofits, trade associations, and businesses. She also contributes to the design and operation of their platform.  his time with STF, Chris has continued to reap the benefits of the skills I cultivated. In recent years, he has worked with tribal leaders in Zambia, taken on cases of human trafficking at the International Organization for Migration, and worked as an executive editor of the School of Oriental and African Studies Law Journal. H

 

2008-2009

Chris Price, 2008-2009 Academic Year STF Intern

Since his time with STF, Chris has continued to reap the benefits of the skills I cultivated. In recent years, he has worked with tribal leaders in Zambia, taken on cases of human trafficking at the International Organization for Migration, and worked as an executive editor of the School of Oriental and African Studies Law Journal. He recently graduated from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies with a degree in International Human Rights Law. Since, he joined Resettlement Support Center Africa as a caseworker, to resettle refugees to the US. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya, but work throughout Sub-Sahara
 

Amanda Jessen, 2008-2009 Academic Year STF Intern

Megan is the Policy Analyst for Unfold, a government relations start-up company. She analyzes federal and state legislation, and assist in developing advocacy strategies for nonprofits, trade associations, and businesses. She also contributes to the design and operation of their platform. 
 

Christina Tajalli, 2008 Fall STF Intern

Christina is currently work at a boutique, transactional entertainment law firm where she has the pleasure of working on documentary films and promoting diversity in the industry. Based in New York, Mark works with global companies trying to develop strategies and programs to advance diverse talent to build a culture of inclusive leadership at Hewlett Consulting Partners. Before working at HCP, he recieved my M.S. in Global Affairs at NYU. Based in New York, Mark works with global companies trying to develop strategies and programs to advance diverse talent toonal law at L’Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, and the globalization of markets at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China.

Ginny Smith, 2008-2010 STF Intern

 Christina is currently work at a boutique, transactional entertainment law firm where she has the pleasure of working on documentary films and promoting diversity in the industry. Based in New York, Mark works with global companies trying to develop strategies and programs to advance diverse talent to build a culture of inclusive leadership at Hewlett Consulting Partners. Before working at HCP, he recieved my M.S. in Global Affairs at NYU. Based in New York, Mark works with global companies trying to develop strategies and programs to advance diverse talent to

2007-2008

Mark Fernandez, 2007-2008 Academic Year STF Intern

Based in New York, Mark works with global companies trying to develop strategies and programs to advance diverse talent to build a culture of inclusive leadership at Hewlett Consulting Partners. Before working at HCP, he recieved my M.S. in Global Affairs at NYU. bout genocide to high school and undergraduate students, and other educational professionals. Recently she designed an undergraduate course at USC entitled Rebuilding Rwanda: Memory, Testimony, and Living Together after Genocide and teach half the course in Rwanda

 

2006-2007

Amy Marczewski Carnes, 2006-2008 Academic Year STF Intern

As Associate Director of Education at the USC Shoah Foundation, Amy lead evaluation of the Institute’s programs and have overseen educational projects throughout Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, curated two exhibitions of testimony for display at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and lectured about genocide to high school and undergraduate students, and other educational professionals. Recently she designed an undergraduate course at USC entitled Rebuilding Rwanda: Memory, Testimony, and Living Together after Genocide and teach half the course in Rwanda

Donesh Olyaie, Spring 2007 STF Intern

stimony for display at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and lectured about genocide to high school and undergraduate students, and other educational professionals. Recently she designed an undergraduate course at USC entitled Rebuilding Rwanda: Memory, Testimony, and Living Together after Genocide and teach half the course in Rwandacide and teach half the course in Rwanda Rwandacide and teach half the course in Rwanda

2005-2006

Sarah Bessell, 2005-2006 Academic Year STF Intern

After spending time at the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Human Rights First, and George Washington’s Human Rights Clinic, Sarah traveled to Cambodia to work with the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in the office of the Co-Prosecutors. She is currently working as a Legal Fellow at the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center and was recently admitted to the NY Bar.After spending time at the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Human Rights First, and George Washington’s Human Rights Clinic, 

Nick Weston-Swan, Spring 2006 STF Intern

After spending time at the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Human Rights First, and George Washington’s Human Rights Clinic, Sarah traveled to Cambodia to work with the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in the office of the Co-Prosecutors. She is currently working as a Legal Fellow at the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center and was recently admitted to the NY Bar.

 

2004-2005

Adam Saltsman, 2004 STF Intern

2001-2002

Mario Carlomango, 2002 STF Intern

Sol Milius, 2001-2002 Academic Year STF Intern

Sol Mills graduated with honors with a B.A. in Asia-Pacific Business from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Her undergraduate studies involved spending time in Japan and studying Japanese. She joined Human Rights Watch in August 2001, and is working with the Student Task Force and the Human Rights Watch University Project (HRWU). Next year, Sol plans to embark on a graduate degree in International Politics. She enjoys learning languages and has traveled extensively. She is currently studying Spanish at UCLA and would like to travel more.

Tim Wheeler, 2001-2002 Academic Year STF Intern

Tim Wheeler graduated in 2000 from USCB with a B.A. in Law and Society. His oncurrent passions for justice and media production have led him to to write music, film and television concepts on issues of public interest. As an undergraduate, he focused on problems of discrimination within the American Legal System while working as a Production Assistant at NBC for three summers. He finished his studies in Barcelona, Spain and has since enriched his language capabilities studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sucre, Bolivia; and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. He joined Human Rights Watch in September 2001 and is working on the Student Task Force and INS monitoring project.

2000-2001

Amy Hertz, 2001 STF Intern

Marisa Lerer, 2000 STF Intern

Jessica Skylar, 2001 STF Intern

Jessica Skylar graduated from Immaculate Heart High School in 2000 and currently attends American University in Washington, D.C, double majoring in International Relations and CLEG (Communications, Law, Economics and Government). During her senior year in high school, she was a charter member of the Student Task Force. She joined Human Rights Watch in May 2001 and was once again involved with the Student Task Force.

Jasmina Repak, 2000 STF Intern

Jasmina Repak was the first HRW STF intern in 1999-2000. Recently she returned from 12 years in her homeland in Mostar, Bosnia, where she worked supporting international efforts to ensure sustainable reforms that would contribute to Bosnia’s road to Europe. Currently she works as the Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager at the Downtown Women’s Center, ensuring that women in downtown Los Angeles have access to permanent supportive housing, as well as the services they need to break out of homelessness, poverty, and chronic unemployment. ensuring that women in downtown Los Angeles have access to permanent supportive 

Dana Sommers, 2000-2001 STF Intern

Dana Sommers graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio in May 1999 with a B.A. in Sociology and Religious Studies. After Wooster she spent a year living in Jerusalem where she independently explored and studied the challenges of interfaith dialogue and the role it plays in peacemaking. She joined Human Rights Watch in January 2001 and was the lead intern for Student Task Force. She also participated in advocacy efforts for the child farmworkers campaign and the LGBT youth report. In July, she joined Human Rights Watch in New York as an associate in the Children’s Rights Division.

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