Class of 2022
Chris graduated from Tufts University in 2014 with a degree in International Relations and Spanish. As an undergraduate, he was an intern for then-Mass. State Rep. Carl Sciortino, where he worked with local communities to end Massachusetts’s cooperation with the federal Secure Communities immigration enforcement program. Following graduation, Chris moved to Amman, Jordan, where he worked for two years as an open source analyst researching a wide range of national security and human rights issues. While in Jordan, he 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. In 2016, Chris moved to Washington, DC, to continue his career as an analyst, focusing on Middle East security issues. He is excited to be a member of the PIPS community and looks forward to using law to advance transparency and accountability within national security.
Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Anjali recently returned from a 5 year stint working for the BlinkNow Foundation, a nonprofit in rural Nepal. There, she headed 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. She plans to advocate for quality education for all.
A St. Louis native, Molly attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating cum laude with majors in Gender Studies, Peace Studies, and Philosophy. There, she worked as the student research assistant at the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the law school and conducted independent research for her thesis on the impact of sex work policies on human trafficking. During her summers, she interned as the government relations intern with NETWORK Lobby for Social Justice and as a victim advocate in the Domestic Violence Courts of St. Louis. After graduating, Molly lived in Guatemala, where she worked at an orphanage called Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos and ran their girls’ empowerment program. She hopes to incorporate the lessons she learned about the impact of international law and customs on Guatemalan people in her future work. Since she was 14 years old, Molly has known that she wanted to work in international human rights law, specifically against sexual and gender based violence. She is excited to be attending AUWCL as a PIPS Scholar to gain the tools and knowledge of the law she needs to fight for gender justice and human rights on a global scale.
Megan comes to WCL after graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in politics, Latin American studies, and peace and conflict studies. For five years, her passion has been in conflict transformation and restorative justice. While at Oberlin, Megan crafted various research and advocacy projects based in Hawai'i, Nicaragua, D.C., and around the U.S. These projects focused on systemic inequality, peace education, and U.S.-Latin American foreign relations. One of her research projects resulted in a set of policy recommendations for child abuse prevention agencies in Iowa, contributing to a set of bills written on mandatory reporter training and child sexual abuse prevention -- one of which passed in the recent legislative session. She brought her hands-on research skills to her internship with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, where she solidified her dedication to peacebuilding by working in the community to take action on global denuclearization. In the year between undergrad and WCL, she returned to her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, and worked in victim advocacy at the Restorative Justice Center of the Polk County Attorney's Office. She interviewed and accompanied victims of assault, robbery, and domestic violence to mediations and the courtroom, explaining legal procedures and providing county resources. Megan also started her own company since graduation: she has used this company to provide bilingual services to local nonprofits, female-owned businesses, and single mothers and families. She is very passionate about her local volunteer work with the Youth Justice Initiative of West Des Moines, United Way, and Rotary International. Megan is absolutely thrilled to join American University and is looking forward to learning from her PIPS community. She plans to focus on international human rights law at WCL to equip her for a career in peacebuilding and survivor advocacy.
Anya was born in Halle, Germany and grew up in Pennsylvania. Prior to attending college, she spent a year learning with the Church Land Programme, a land rights organization in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Anya went on to graduate summa cum laude from Goshen College in 3 years with a degree in Social Work, and a minor in peace and justice studies. In college she pursued her passions for advocacy and reform by helping to found a student initiative to develop on-campus sexual assault prevention programming, as well as organizing her own cross-cultural semester, during which she studied at Chief Dull Knife College on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, in Lame Deer, Montana. Since graduating college, she has focused on work with justice involved youth. She founded a creative writing program in a local juvenile detention center and worked with youth in a truancy prevention program as a means of justice diversion. Each of these experiences gave Anya the honor of learning from people whose life experiences inform her perspective and goals entering law school. She is eager to build on this foundation by pursuing a degree in public interest law and is honored to do so as part of the PIPS community.
Sophie was born in Lyon, France and grew up between Kentucky and Shanghai. She earned her undergraduate from Cornell University, majoring in economics, French literature, and government. In college, she worked as a research assistant for two years, analyzing violence issues in Francophone African elections. Meanwhile, she worked as a legal intern for DuPont in Beijing, and from this learned the different channels multinational companies use with local governments to promote their long term interests. In her junior year, she studied French law and economics at Sciences Po Paris. After graduation, Sophie joined Teach for America and worked in low income neighborhoods as a high school math teacher, while earning her Master’s in education. As an educator, she served on the Rodel Teacher Council to influence progressive education policies and interned with the Delaware Community Legal Aid Society. Sophie hopes to use her diverse background to help her pursue her interests in labor rights and trade issues.
Paulina Lucio Maymon
Paulina Lucio Maymon is a human rights advocate whose research interests focus on international human rights, gender issues, intersectionality, and criminal justice. Prior to joining Washington College of Law, 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 and conducted research on the application of the death penalty around the globe. As a Fulbright scholar, she earned a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University, where she served as Managing Editor of the Cornell Policy Review. Her master’s thesis is titled “An Intersectional Approach to CEDAW as a Framework to Advance Indigenous Women’s Rights in Mexico.” In 2017, Paulina worked at the Evaluation Office of U.N. Women in New York City. Prior to attending Cornell, she worked as a Gender Equality and Human Rights Consultant at the Institute of the National Housing Fund for Workers (INFONAVIT), a federal institution that grants mortgage credits to workers in Mexico. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Paulina is thrilled to become part of the PIPS community and develop new lawyering skills to support underserved populations.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Sarah graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2017 with degrees social work and criminal justice. During her junior year, she spent her spring semester interning in Washington DC for the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, where she assisted practicing attorneys on a number of cases ranging from voting accessibility, higher education admissions, and day-care expulsions. She spent the following summer in Alexandria, VA as a Case Management Intern in the Missing Children's Division at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. During her senior year, Sarah completed her BSW Field Placement at Peace Place, Inc., an organization in rural Georgia assisting survivors of domestic violence. Sarah also spent the past two years at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude in May 2019 with Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Criminology degrees. During her time in Philadelphia, she was deeply involved in the Petey Greene program, spending 2 hours each week tutoring youth in a juvenile correctional facility. She completed her MSW Field Placement with the Goldring Reentry Initiative, where she worked with individuals incarcerated in the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, helping them develop a sustainable re-entry plan, and continued to work with them upon release to implement that plan. Throughout this time, she has had the opportunity to work on a number of projects working with justice-involved youth, including interviewing recently released juvenile lifers in Philadelphia and doing mitigation on behalf of young people charged in the Philadelphia adult criminal justice system. This summer, she will be completing a policy internship with the National Juvenile Defender Center. She is excited to attend AUWCL and be among some of the most brilliant, public-interest oriented students and faculty in the nation, and looks forward to using her education to represent and advocate on behalf of young people in the criminal justice system.
Originally from Michigan, Courtney graduated from Indiana University in 2017 with majors in international human rights law and journalism and a minor in French. Courtney absolutely loved her time in Bloomington and was able to find her passion through many incredible classes, professors, and opportunities to work in public interest. Courtney spent all four years of her undergraduate education working in crisis intervention with Middle Way House, a domestic violence and rape crisis center. Working at Middle Way allowed Courtney not only to develop experience with direct client interaction, but also with public education and activism. Middle Way was where Courtney first began realizing she wanted to go into law. While working at Middle Way, Courtney began working with immigrant clients, which sparked her interest in refugee and asylum law. During her undergraduate years, Courtney interned in refugee resettlement and policy at Freedom House Detroit as well as the British Refugee Council during her study abroad in London. Studying abroad sparked Courtney’s passion for international work, and after graduation she joined the Peace Corps, serving from 2017-2019 in Botswana. While there, Courtney worked in organizational development and empowerment for Silence Kills Support Group, an NGO dedicated to working with female sex workers and men who have sex with men that are living with HIV.