2014 SAB Members
Sequoia graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Affairs, Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Romance Languages from the University of Georgia. As an undergraduate, Sequoia worked with various non-profit organizations helping them to advance their missions in serving migrant and refugee families. She also traveled to Costa Rica and Brazil where she independently studied sociopolitical movements led by underrepresented populations. After graduation, she worked full-time as a Foreign Language Lab Coordinator at the University of North Georgia.
Drew is a 1L interested in refugee rights and public interest law. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2013 with a BA in International Relations and has worked with the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian law since starting at WCL. In addition to working at the Center, Drew is involved at WCL as an Equal Justice Foundation neighborhood leader and a member of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. Prior to coming to DC, Drew learned a variety of job skills and interests such as fundraising, grant writing, salesmanship, public speaking, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, statistical software, and proficiency in Spanish. His hobbies include languages, travel, genealogy, and science fiction.
Whitney graduated from Elon University in 2009 with a B.A. in Spanish and Minors in Latin American Studies and International Relations. After graduation, Whitney served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and worked with the American Red Cross to increase outreach programs to the Hispanic community, engage inner-city youth in community service projects, and provide disaster relief services to victims of flood and fire. Whitney subsequently worked at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in New York as the head paralegal and co-coordinator of their Pro Bono Asylum Program. In this role Whitney worked mostly with women asylum seekers who fled domestic abuse, sexual violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation. After her first year of law school, Whitney will continue her work in gender-based asylum law by interning at Tahirih Justice Center and representing immigrant women and girls who have fled gender-based violence. Whitney is a JD/MA student, a staff writer for the Human Rights Brief, and a member of the Equal Justice Foundation. Whitney’s legal interests include asylum law, human rights impact litigation, and defending the rights of women to live their lives free from violence. She has lived in Argentina and the Dominican Republic.
Born and raised in Maine, Chris completed his bachelors at Wesleyan University with a B.A in International Relations and French Literature. After graduation, Chris spent two years teaching French before moving to the Middle East where he spent time teaching English in Saudi Arabia and working in an orphanage in a refugee camp in Lebanon. For the last several years Chris has worked at MA'AN Development Center in Palestine, managing projects that focused on youth engagement and community building within the Jordan Valley region of the West Bank. Chris is a staff writer for the Human Rights Brief and a member of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. Chris's legal interests are refugee protection and accountability and international criminal law.
Whitney-Ann graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Comparative Cultures and Politics and Social Relations and Policy. After graduation, Whitney-Ann worked in the West Bank with the Meta Peace Team as part of a nonviolent team, observing, documenting, and intervening in conflicts on the ground. The West Bank was where Whitney-Ann first considered law school, after meeting a young attorney working on international human rights issues. Once back in the U.S., Whitney-Ann worked at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in Durham, North Carolina, compiling research for the Racial Justice Act and working with human rights attorneys trying to end state-sanctioned human rights abuses. At WCL, Whitney-Ann covers the Middle East and North Africa region for the Human Rights Brief, and is a member of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project.
Natalie volunteered at her first activist rally, the Million Mom March, when she was 12 years old and has been an advocate ever since. Natalie graduated from Haverford College in 2009 where she majored in political science. She wrote her senior thesis on how State's can effectively use Nonviolence as a legitimate tool for peace. After graduation she moved to Ankara, Turkey where she taught English at Bilkent University. After traveling around and falling in love with the middle east, she moved to Istanbul and worked with Amargi Women's Cooperative and volunteered within the LGBT community. After moving back to the U.S. Natalie worked at Hollaback! a non-profit that focuses on raising awareness about and combating street harassment around the world. There she worked with New York City council members to create school workshops and community safety audits to end street harassment. Natalie recently transferred to WCL from Drexel Law School in Philadelphia where she volunteered assisting immigrants in obtaining citizenship.
Edwin graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic Studies. Upon graduating, Edwin remained in South Bend, Indiana, to work as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative, where he facilitated a financial management class and public health film series. Following his AmeriCorps service, Edwin joined the Peace Corps and served in El Salvador from 2011 through 2012. While in the Peace Corps, Edwin focused on youth development aimed at preventing gang recruitment in his area. Edwin’s interest in Latin America and human rights brought him to Nicaragua, in the summer of 2013, where he worked for La Isla Foundation. He was instrumental in the planning and execution of a pilot study documenting labor rights abuses occurring in the sugar cane industry. Edwin’s legal interests include immigration policy, labor rights, and international trade.