About Us

The Human Rights Brief is a student-run publication of AUWCL’s Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, established in 1994 as part of its long-standing commitment to human rights education and excellence in legal analysis and writing. For nearly 30 years, the Human Rights Brief has focused on providing concise, cutting-edge legal analysis of human rights issues for the international legal community. Student staff members have the opportunity to create and edit content for articles, organize symposia, and manage the Brief’s podcast, Human Rights Unscripted. The Human Rights Brief continues to work with practitioners to further scholarship and examine emerging issues in the disciplines of human rights and international humanitarian law.   

Our Mission & Vision

Mission

The Human Rights Brief, through our publication, podcast, and symposia, seeks to create human rights-focused content for advocates while supporting the professional development of our student staff members.

Vision

  • To produce critical legal analysis that is timely, thoughtful, relevant, and accessible;
  • To support civil and legal engagement with human rights issues;
  • To cultivate compassionate and creative lawyers;
  • To foster diversity of thought, perspectives, and experiences.

2021-2022 Senior Staff

Madison bingle
 

Madison bingle

Madison is a 3L JD/MA Candidate in International Affairs. She obtained her undergraduate degrees in history and sociology, focusing on social and racial inequality, from Coker University, in Hartsville, South Carolina. Prior to law school, Madison worked at a non-governmental organization providing resources to individuals affected by Agent Orange exposure in Danang, Vietnam, and she also served as a Fulbright Fellow at the Danang University of Economics. The collection of her experiences compelled her to pursue a career in civil and human rights law, concentrating on international and domestic atrocity accountability and prevention mechanisms. She has pursued this work in law school by working for the UN Special Rapporteur on situation of human rights in Myanmar, the DOJ’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, as a research assistant for Professor Rebecca Hamilton, and as a student attorney for the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Madison is elated to serve as a Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Human Rights Brief this year. She hopes to contribute to the Brief by fostering a community of human rights-minded individuals who activate change through writing and speaking out against human rights violations regardless of where they occur.

nora elmubarak
 

nora elmubarak

Nora is a 3L student from Huntsville, Alabama and Sudan. Nora is looking forward to serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Human Rights Brief. She is excited to provide students from a variety of backgrounds the support they need while they immerse themselves in the world of Human Rights. Nora is passionate about fostering sustainable and intentional advocacy communities and is excited to work with the rest of the Human Rights Brief team to provide our readers, listeners, followers, and community with timely and necessary Human Rights Law analysis and activism. Nora is also involved with the Muslim Law Student Association as the founding president, and is a Student Attorney with the Community Equity and Economic Development Clinic. Prior to WCL, Nora obtained a degree in Political Science & Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. Nora’s legal interests are in International Human Rights, Arbitration, and Global Development Policy.

Chris baumohl
 

Chris baumohl

Chris Baumohl, the Brief’s Executive Editor, is a 3L focusing on national security, civil liberties, and criminal defense. Prior to joining WCL, Chris worked as an open source analyst in Amman, Jordan, and Washington, D.C. As an analyst, Chris researched a wide range of national security and human rights issues. While in Jordan, he also volunteered at a number of organizations working with immigrant and refugee communities including Jesuit Refugee Service and Tamkeen, where he researched arbitrary detention of South Asian migrant domestic workers. Chris is a founding member of Sawiyan, an Amman-based NGO that supports underserved refugee communities through social inclusion programs and advocacy work. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Chris graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University.

emma offiah
 

emma offiah

Emma is a 2L JD candidate, born and raised in Nigeria. Before law school, she earned her B.A. in Jurisprudence from The University of Baltimore. She is passionate about climate change, global hunger, and the resolution of political corruption, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. In her free time, Emma enjoys learning new languages, listening to different genres of music, and writing poetry. She is very excited to bring her passion for human rights into her role at the Brief!

Hailey ferguson
 

Hailey ferguson

Hailey Ferguson is a 3L from Orange County, CA and a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. She has been on the Human Rights Brief staff for all three years of law school and has immensely enjoyed working with both fellow students and practitioners in creating this publication. Hailey hopes to continue her legal career in the labor and immigration fields, always remembering to keep a commitment to human rights at the forefront of her work.

sydney helsel
 

sydney helsel

Sydney is a 3L and one of the Senior Columns Editors. She is excited to work with fellow Brief members as they write about a wide range of human rights issues. Her current area of focus is environmental law. She has a particular interest in addressing human rights abuses and environmental destruction perpetuated by the fashion industry. She also is interested in using the legal system to promote environmental justice and combat climate change. Outside of school, Sydney enjoys photography, hiking, and searching for the best bakeries in the D.C. area.

maya martin tsukazaki
 

maya martin tsukazaki

Maya is a 3L JD/MA student originally from Washington state. She is looking forward to serving as Managing Editor during her third year on the Brief. During her time at WCL, Maya has also been involved with IRAP, the Lawyering Peace Program, the Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law, and has worked as a dean’s fellow for Professor Anita Sinha and for the Legal Rhetoric program. This past summer, she worked at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and is working in the Immigrant Justice Clinic this year. After graduation, Maya hopes to use her legal training to support access to legal services and justice for non-citizens in the U.S.

lex haris
 

lex haris

Lex is a 2L JD candidate from Clinton, New Jersey. Lex serves as our Senior Columns Editor and recently published an article illuminating how international law fails climate refugees. She is also a junior staffer for the Administrative Law Review and a Research Assistant for Professor Brenda Smith, focusing on the Prison Rape Elimination Act and reforming the justice system. She spent her 1L summer interning for the Arlington Public Defender's office and plans to pursue a career in public defense.

Martínez-Chacón
 

vanesa Martínez-Chacón

Vanesa is a 3L from Columbia, MD. She obtained her Associate’s Degree from Howard Community College in 2016 and her Bachelor’s Degree from the College of William and Mary in 2018 where she majored in Government and minored in Chinese. She briefly worked at a small workers’ comp and medical malpractice law firm before coming to WCL. She is interested in Immigration Law and is serving as a student attorney in the Immigrant Justice Clinic. This is her third year on the Brief’s Social Media Team.

Thea Cabrera Montejo
 

Thea Cabrera Montejo

Thea is a 2L at American University Washington College of Law. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Sociology.  Thea is a first-generation immigrant, college student, and law student with roots in Southern California and Cebu, Philippines. She is currently a member of the Justice Initiative, APALSA, NLG, and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law's Student Advisory Board. Thea is interested in the legal strategies and tactics used to stand in solidarity with people who have been disenfranchised by legal systems.

ABIGAiL ROSENTHAL
 

ABIGAiL ROSENTHAL

Abigail is a 2L and a Podcast Editor for the Human Rights Brief. She received her B.A. in sociocultural anthropology from Amherst College and is now pursuing opportunities in international human rights law and reproductive justice. Prior to law school, she worked as a legal assistant advocating for survivors of domestic violence. At AUWCL, she is a Kovler Project Against Torture Fellow, an If/When/How board member, and a Dean’s Fellow for the Immigrant Justice Clinic. She looks forward to working with the Human Rights Brief on issues at the intersection of human rights and the legal process and learning to utilize the law to more effectively advocate for underserved populations.

sidney larsen
 

sidney larsen

Sidney is a 2L from Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in French and a Master's degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. Her legal interests include international human rights, civil rights, and constitutional law. At WCL, she is a member of the International Law Review, a legal rhetoric Dean's Fellow, and a student scholar for the Kovler Project Against Torture. Sidney is looking forward to a productive year for the podcast!

leila hamouie
 

leila hamouie

Leila is a second-year JD candidate. Prior to law school, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Global Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Leila is passionate about human rights, decolonization, and sustainable development, specifically in the Middle East. She is also a junior staffer on the Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law and a member of Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and talking about pop culture (probably too much).

 

2020-2021 Junior Staff