Joseph is a rising 2L at WCL. As the son of an immigrant displaced by the Lebanese Civil War and the descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors, human rights advocacy has always been his passion and profoundly informed his decision to study the law. Some of his earliest memories growing up in Boston include marching on the Massachusetts State House seeking recognition of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Over time, his experience in human rights has expanded beyond his ancestral region, including meeting with North Korean refugees in Seoul. Joseph is interested in environmental law, and the intersection between climate change and human rights.
Chris is a JD/MA student at American University, focusing on national security and humanitarian law. Chris graduated from Tufts University in 2014 with a degree in International Relations and Spanish. Chris worked for over four years as an open source analyst researching a wide range of national security and human rights issues, first based in Amman, Jordan, and then Washington, DC. Chris is a founding member of Sawiyan, an Amman-based NGO that supports under-served refugee communities through social inclusion programs and advocacy work.
A 2L at WCL, Anjali recently returned from a 5 year stint working for the BlinkNow Foundation, a nonprofit in rural Nepal. There, she directed a transition to adulthood program for vulnerable youth. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Anjali studied political science after having studied in Turkey twice on State Department grants and has advanced fluency in both Nepali and Turkish. As a Public Interest Program Scholar, she plans to advocate for quality education for all.
Megan is a 2L Public Interest Scholar at WCL and a dual-degree student at American University's School of International Service focusing on international conflict resolution and human rights law as applied to women and children. Prior to WCL, she built her own company offering translation services for nonprofits and services for local families. Megan has worked for five years with local immigrant youth and has conducted research projects on human rights, peacebuilding, and U.S. foreign policy in Central America, Hawaii, and the contiguous United States. At WCL, she serves as a member of the Student Advisory Board at the Center for Human Rights and volunteers with the War Crimes Research Office for their partnership with U.N. Women on conflict-related sexual violence in Guatemala, among other projects. Megan is excited to collaborate with her peers to advocate for accountability of human rights violations through the Kovler Project Against Torture.
Katerina is a JD/MA candidate and in her third year of law school. She is an editor for Washington College of Law’s International Law Review. Since starting law school, she has studied international criminal law in the Hague. She has also worked as a Special Legal Assistant to Professor Grossman at the International Law Commission during its 71st Session in 2019. Katerina is interested in human right guarantees codified in ICCPR and CAT, as well as their progressive development in customary international law.
Meagan is a 3L looking forward to the unique professional opportunity to expand my knowledge and experience in international human rights law through the Kovler Project Against Torture. A huge part of their legal experience in international law so far shows how much farther the fight for human rights has to go. Specifically, international organizations and the mechanisms they create are an important aspect of international accountability, and they welcome the chance to apply and expand my knowledge in a program progressing international and domestic human rights. Working with the Kovler Project will allow them the necessary skills in investigation, analysis, and writing to pursue a career in public international law to make mechanisms more effective for victims and survivors of gross violations of human rights.
Sarah is a 2L at WCL and a dual-degree student at American University's School of International Service studying international conflict mediation. Prior to WCL, she completed her Bachelor of Arts at Hamilton College, where she majored in International Relations with a focus on poverty and inequality. Sarah worked as a Research Associate at Vote Smart, a non-partisan, non-profit, voter education resource center. For two years, she helped teach English to the Burmese refugee community in Des Moines, Iowa. At WCL, she is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and volunteers with the War Crimes Research Office. Sarah is looking forward to working with her peers and learning to effectively advocate against torture and human rights violations through the Kovler Project Against Torture.
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Paulina is a second-year student interested in criminal defense and human rights issues. Prior to law school, Paulina worked as a research associate at the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide and served as a paralegal for the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program. She worked on post-conviction litigation of death penalty cases in the United States and Tanzania. By participating in the Kovler Project, she hopes to continue advocating for human rights and the abolition of torture.
Ariel Rawls is a 2L at American University Washington College of Law. She is excited to be a part of the 2020 Kovler Project and to be among other passionate human rights defenders. Prior to law school, Ariel interned for Rabbis for Human Rights, an Israeli NGO representing Israeli, Palestinian, and Bedouin individuals. Whilst in Israel, Ariel learned about interrogations of Palestinian youth and the Israeli deportation policies for refugees from Eritrea and Sudan. Ariel is eager to learn more about the international legal system and demonstrate her passion for international human rights.
Courtney is a 2L specializing in migration and human rights. At WCL, she worked as a Dean's Fellow for the National Immigrant Women's Assistance Project on their human trafficking grant, researching how trafficking appears in state court cases. Prior to starting law school, she spent two years in the Peace Corps working with an NGO on HIV prevention for key populations. She also spent several years working as a crisis intervention specialist for a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center, where she worked with survivors of gender-based violence.