Nicole Ledesma worked in the Office for Inspector General for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for her Fellowship. Nicole was extremely excited to start this internship because it combined her passions for law and public policy. Nicole has seven years of professional experience working in public interest positions as a Foreign Affairs Advisor and Investigator, assisting in international investigations covering arms trafficking, labor and human rights, and as an associate at Inter-American Dialogue, providing financial management to development projects in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Nicole graduated from American University’s School of International Service in 2015, and will receive her J.D. in May 2023 from American University Washington College of Law.
Gaelen Molina interned at Demos, where her public policy work focused on the economic and racial impacts on voting rights. Gaelen brings her research background in fair redistricting, voting accessibility and voting rights to her internship. Gaelen graduated from Rutgers University cum laude with a double major in history and religion. Dean Nelson’s recommendation highlighted “Gaelen’s passion for voting rights advocacy and support of advancing legislation promoting equity and fairness,” adding that this passion “is not newly formed, especially Gaelen’s commitment to the promotion of youth political participation.”
Danny Schwaber is a rising 2L at American University Washington College of Law. He worked as a law clerk at the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. At the committee, he worked with the Ranking Member’s oversight and investigations office. Danny worked closely with committee counsels, and he conducted policy and legal research, memo drafting, and letter drafting for the committee’s ongoing oversight of agencies and industries under the committee’s purview. He also contributed to hearing and meeting preparation, legislative tracking, attended agency briefings, and supported various projects with a focus on policies that strive to protect patients, students, workers and the public.
Shally Kim will intern with the Office of Regulatory Policy (ORP), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Through her internship at CDER, she plans to work to protect and promote public health by helping to ensure that human drugs are safe and effective for their intended uses, meet established quality standards, and made available to patients. Shally plans to conduct legal research and analysis on drug-related issues and contribute to regulatory projects involving the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Shally wants to assist in developing policies and guidance affecting the drug approval process, to promote patient safety and public health.
Tatiana Devia worked with the Human Rights Law Section of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Americas Regional Support Team (RST). Working with special agents, researchers and lawyers, Tatiana collaborated with RST to further specific investigations and litigation of cases involving suspects allegedly involved in human rights violations. A major component of her work involved the investigation of war crimes, genocide torture, extrajudicial killings and violations of religious freedoms in order to deny "safe haven" to perpetrators within the US. She also developed cases involving human trafficking and smuggling, which strengthen prevention initiatives.
Anupama Selvam is a J.D./M.A. in International Affairs candidate at American University. She worked for Vital Voices Global Partnership in the Human Rights Division. Anu helped develop multidisciplinary trainings for law enforcement, prosecutors and judges of various countries to ensure more effective responses to gender-based violence through understanding of gender dynamics and the law. She also conducted research and wrote reports to help link these trainings with international legal obligations of states to prevent, prosecute and punish gender-based violence, torture, and human trafficking.
Marie Durane interned with the Eurasia and Sub-Saharan Africa programs at the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) with the U.S. Department of Commerce, in Washington, D.C. Through her internship, Marie learned how the CLDP is uniquely tasked with providing legal technical assistance programs to help countries to achieve their economic development goals. Working with CLDP’s development lawyers, Marie had the rare opportunity to engage in various projects that improved her legal research and writing skills, allowed her to gain knowledge in areas of the law that are particularly important to development, and facilitated networking opportunities with experienced lawyers in public international law.
Ms. Arango interned at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) in San José, Costa Rica. She worked worked closely with a legal team on three contentious cases and an advisory opinion. Ms. Arango focused on extrajudicial killings, amnesty laws, migrant children, and evidence-based compensation.
Marisa E. Menezes
Ms. Menezes worked as an intern for the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). She researched, drafted, and edited sections of the draft judgment for Prosecutor v. Popovi?, et al., the largest appeal in the history of international criminal law. Ms. Menezes specifically focused on genocide, joint criminal enterprise, and evidentiary issues.
Ms. Meade worked as a foreign affairs intern in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, the Office of Peace Operations, Sanctions, and Counter-terrorism. She had a portfolio of conflict areas for which she provided guidance to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations regarding the introduction, monitoring, and termination of sanctions. Ms. Meade also analyzed foreign relations, litigation, and public policy risks to draft U.S. government strategy papers for specific sanctions regimes.
Ms. Ingenito interned with the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Assistant Legal Advisor for International Claims and Investment Disputes. Her particular responsibilities focused on legal research related to ongoing NAFTA arbitrations and litigation related to U.S. investment disputes in Iran. Ms. Ingenito is a first generation American. With parents who immigrated from Poland and Italy respectively, her parents’ struggle for freedom and the significance of a tolerant legal system has influenced her focus on international law and policy.