Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows

Following a competitive application process, eight American University Washington College of Law students were selected as 2013 STTP Human Rights Teaching Fellows. Read more about the 2013 Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows below:

Ifeoluwa Afolayan
Ife graduated from Duke University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a double minor in Political Science and African & African-American Studies. After graduation, Ife moved to South Korea where she taught English to elementary school students for three years. During her 1L summer, Ife participated in American University Washington College of Law’s Summer Study Abroad Program in Europe which focused on international human rights law and international economic law. She also did an internship at the Legal Resource Centre in Ghana where she worked on a legal aid mobilization project for indigent women. Her legal interests include criminal law, refugee and asylum law, and international human rights law. Ife is currently a 2L at WCL and is excited about the human rights work she will be doing through Speak Truth to Power.

Pious Ahuja
Pious was born in New Delhi and raised there until she was ten, at which point she moved to a small community in Easley, South Carolina. She graduated from College of Charleston in 2010 with a degree in Political Science, specializing in Comparative Politics, and a minor in Psychology. While studying at the College of Charleston, Pious studied abroad in Florence, Italy and participated in a National Student Exchange with California State Northridge. After College, she lived in New York City for two years, where she worked at the Department of Veteran Affairs and volunteered at Sakhi, an anti-domestic violence organization, and Amnesty International's NYC Women's Human Rights Action Team. At American University, Pious is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor at WCL and a Master of Arts in International Affairs at the School of International Service. Her primary areas of interest are international women rights, including protection of survivors of domestic and sexual violence, refugee rights, and immigration rights.

Erica Asbell
Erica was raised in rural Georgia by a family of small business owners and lived in Campeche, Mexico during her teen years. She graduated in 2012 with a double degree in English and International Human Rights from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. As an undergraduate, Erica traveled to Freetown, Sierra Leone and completed field research on youth involvement in establishing long-term peace after the decade-long civil war. This research sparked her interest in peacebuilding, war crimes, and alternative forms of justice for countries with limited resources. At American University, Erica is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor from WCL and Master of Arts in International Affairs from the School of International Service.

Amber Bennett
Amber was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Creighton University in 2011 with a Major in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. At American University, Amber is currently working towards a Juris Doctor and a Master of Science in Justice, Law, and Society. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in the Dominican Republic, where she studied Theology and the role the Church plays in poverty. This summer, she worked in South Africa to assist mine workers who have contracted various diseases from working in the mines and who have been displaced from their land by large mining companies without just compensation. She also participated in the WCL study abroad program in Europe. Amber is extremely passionate about human rights and looks forward to bringing her passion to the classroom through Speak Truth to Power.

Robert Goodis
Robert was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania, where he developed an interest in human rights and social justice from a young age. After campaigning extensively in high school to raise awareness of the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, Robert continued and expanded his efforts while joint-majoring in Human Rights and Sociology at Bard College. During his undergraduate studies, Robert became increasingly interested in the relation between international human rights law and U.S. domestic policy. His undergraduate thesis involved in-depth research of human rights violations at U.S. immigration detention facilities, a topic which he has continued to explore since graduating Bard. Since 2009, he has run an independent human rights research center aimed at domestic implementation of international human rights norms. Now pursuing a JD/MPP at American University, Robert is excited to share his passion for human rights in the classroom through Speak Truth to Power.

Annegelica Ibe
Annegelica Ibe graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies. She was a Teach for America 2010 Corps member, receiving a Master’s in Special Education and graduating summa cum laude. She is now a certified Pre-K through 12th Grade Special Education teacher. She taught all subjects in a District of Columbia bilingual school in an inclusion pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classroom. Currently a law student at WCL, she is a Legal Rhetoric Research Dean’s Fellow and has interned with the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

Lillyana Daza Jaller
Lillyana was born in Colombia and moved with her family to Florida at the age of twelve. As an exchange student in France, she attended high school while living with a local family in the Champagne region for a year.She obtained a dual degree in Biology and French from Florida Atlantic University, where she volunteered as a note taker for students with disabilities and as a tutor for athletes.After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, she volunteered teaching English to teen survivors in Florida to help them prepare for standardized tests. She also traveled to Haiti as an interpreter for a medical mission that provided care to people in rural villages. Before starting law school, she workedat Alliance Francophone of Palm Beaches where she helped implement and taught a fully-funded French language and culture program for underprivileged children.She also worked in a private hospital in Colombia ensuring safe and healthful working conditions by enforcing standards. Last summer,she interned with Ayuda, managing her own caseload of immigration cases for low-income clientsand working with staff attorneys on research and in the immigration court.

Jacqueline Niba
Jacqueline was born and raised in Bamenda, Cameroon and moved to Delaware, where she attended high school and college. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Economics. Her first job brought her to Paris, where she taught English to high school students. Upon returning, Jacqueline volunteered for Action Against Hunger and Flaunt Africa, and worked as a Resident Services Coordinator for a health care facility. This summer, Jacqueline worked for Aide Legal Libre for Cameroon on issues ranging from human rights to property disputes. At WCL, Jacqueline is currently the Managing Editor for the Sustainable Development Law and Policy Brief and the Secretary of the Black Law Students Association.