2003 SAB Members

David Baluarte
Julia Graff
Sarah Hymowitz
Jamal Jafari
Christine Lin
Chai Shenoy
R. Michael Waller

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2003 Student Advisory Board

David Baluarte

David was a Practitioner-in-Residence in the International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC). David, an alumnus of WCL (’05), came to the IHRLC in 2009 from the Immigration Unit of the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before that, David was a staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), an organization specializing in litigation and advocacy before the Inter-American Human Rights System. David recently acted as the lead researcher on a project with the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) on the implementation of the decisions of human rights tribunals, which resulted in the publication of From Judgment to Justice, and he has more recently completed a study for OSJI and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Statelessness in the United States.

Julia Graff

After graduating from the University of Louisville in 1999, Julia worked for three years in Guatemala, Mexico, and Colombia with a grassroots human rights organization called Witness for Peace. She traveled extensively throughout these countries and regularly wrote reports for the US human rights community with information and analysis of US military, trade and country-narcotics policy in the region. She led several delegations of US citizens and congressional assistants to these countries to meet with trade unionists, indigenous groups, human rights defenders, women's groups, and sweatshop workers, as well as military and business leaders. Her work on US policy toward countries experiencing serious human rights atrocities motivated Julia to study human rights law at WCL.

Sarah Hymowitz

Sarah graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University in 1998. After college, she worked as a violence prevention/conflict mediation specialist at a teen center in New Jersey. From 1999 to 2001, Sarah served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Murgab, Turkmenistan, where she worked with local doctors addressing women's health issues and organized health/ecology activities for children. Prior to coming to WCL, Sarah worked as an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellow on an Indigenous Peoples' human rights project at the University of Minnesota.

Jamal Jafari

Jamal graduated from American University with a degree in International Relations in 1998. He has worked with NGOs concerned with African development and spent 2001 as a volunteer Information and Documentation Officer at the Amani Trust, a human rights organization in Harare, Zimbabwe. His areas of interest include human rights in Africa, democracy building and election management, and rule of law initiatives. During the 2003-04 school year he also served as a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Human Rights Brief at WCL.

Christine Lin

Prior to studying at WCL, Christine worked on an M.A. of International Affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and concentrated in Human Rights and Economic and Political Development. During the summer of 2001, she interned with the Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, where she worked on the Protracted Refugee Situations Initiative. She also worked in the Asylum Program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. During the 2003-2004 school year, she will was a Student Attorney with the International Human Rights Law Clinic.

Chai Shenoy

Chai graduated from U.C.L.A. in 2001 with a B.A. in Political Science. After graduating from UCLA, Chai was the Executive Director of The Clothesline Project, a student-run organization which deals with educating college students about sexual violence, gender discrimination, and hate crimes. Being part of the organization deepened her belief and commitment to end violence against women, children, and minorities in society.

Michael Waller

After graduating from the University of the South, Sewanee, TN in 1998, Michael began an M.A. in International Relations program at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. During his course of study at the Maxwell School, he worked at several institutions involved in peace and diplomacy issues in the Middle East, Italy and the Basque Country. After completing his study at Syracuse, he entered into a Vanderbilt Divinity School for graduate studies in theology. With the help of a Luce Foundation grant, Michael spent seven months in Nicaragua teaching conflict management techniques and evaluating a maternal and infant morbidity and mortality project in Matagalpa. Michael enrolled at WCL in the Fall of 2001. His academic interests center mainly on the relationship between institutions and conflict.