Fall 2013

Kirsten Blume (NLCHP)

Seth Purcell (PHR)

John Subranni (Oxfam)

Jenna Pollock (Asia Foundation) 

Summer 2013

Summer 2013

Simon Fischer ’15 (Oxfam)

Sara Kominers ’16 (HRLN)

Nicole McCalister ’16 (NLCHP)

Aradhana Tiwari ’15 (SAFE Horizon)

Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Stephanie Gharakhanian '13, ProDESC

Briana Olson '13, Human Rights Law Network

Dave Rini '13, Oxfam-America

Casey Shupe '13, Physicians for Human Rights

Winter 2012-2013

Winter 2012

Adam Cernea-Clark ’14 (Oxfam)                             

Katherine (“KT”) Crossman ’14 (NLCHP)                

Amy Pimentel ’14 (Oxfam-USA)                              

Julie Butner ’13 (HRLN)                                            

Frank Vitale ’14 (MDLAB)

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Shelbey Wolf '14
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Shelbey WolfAfter graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009, I worked for a small Habitat for Humanity affiliate and quickly learned how challenging life is for the working poor in our country. My father was a homelessness advocate in Charlotte, NC, and exposed me to the idea that stable housing is an essential building block to a successful life. My work experience paired with my father's hope to end homelessness in my hometown developed my passion for ensuring all members of our society have adequate shelter. My co-op with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) will give me the opportunity to combine that passion with human rights experience. NLCHP's human rights attorney advocates for the inclusion of human rights language in domestic housing policy-- helping ensure that in the United States housing is a right, not a privilege. 

Although I was raised in the South, I love Boston and plan to start my career in either Boston or D.C. Northeastern's public interest focus has been a perfect fit for me and I'm excited to see where my future co-op expierences lead me.

Jillian Sadler '13
PHRGE Employer: Human Rights Law Network
I was born and raised in Los Angeles County, California, and I completed my undergraduate education at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).Jillian Sadler photo Working within my community to help disadvantaged people has always been a part of my family culture, and I discovered my passion for doing similar work overseas when I taught English in China while at CSULA. My focus on international classes, and my participation in the Model United Nations, exposed me to global human rights abuses and impediments to economic development. After I received my bachelor's degree, I applied to be a United States Peace Corps volunteer, so that I could work at the grassroots level in development overseas. I was accepted in the Peace Corps, and I worked mainly as a public health educator and NGO capacity builder in Kenya and Botswana. I also worked on village-based income generating projects with widows and "life skills" programs for boys in detention. My experiences in Kenya and Botswana, especially being in Kenya during the civil unrest of 2007-2008, caused my professional focus to shift to the rule of law in development and rebuilding of post-conflict societies. Since beginning my law school career at NUSL, I have completed a co-op overseas working in advocacy for women who are survivors of violence, and a domestic co-op in legal aid. My dream for my career is to continue serving marginalized communities through legal advocacy in human rights, which is why I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the important work of the Human Rights Law Network.

Nicole Santiago '14
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam
After graduating from DePaul University in Chicago with a degree in International Studies, I came immediately to NUSL to focus on international andnicole santiago photo environmental law. Growing up, I was extremely fortunate to have opportunities to travel and visit family abroad.  Through these experiences, I saw some amazingly beautiful things, but I also saw the effects of poverty and environmental degradation on communities.  With a strong interest in the intersections of international law, environmental law, and human rights, I was drawn to NUSL’s co-op and social justice model.  Oxfam will be my first co-op, and I am looking forward to working on issues of international law relating to poverty and environmental sustainability.

Summer 2012

Summer 2012

Zara Day '14
PHRGE Employer: Peacetones
I graduated from the University of Florida with a double major in Political Science and English. Working as a research assistant for Professor Richard Scher during my final two years as an undergraduate was pivotal in the development of my interest in human rights and inernational development. During my time working with Professor Scher, I worked in large part on research pertaining to his various classes, including a class on food politics which has   greatly impacted my interests, as well as on his most recently published books.  I also served as an organizer for various environmental justice campaigns; my interest in the interplay between environmental risks, human rights, and health risks developed further and led me to pursue the JD/MPH degree through Northeastern and Tufts.  My areas of interest are global health, development, and environmental and food sustainability

Aradhana Tiwari '14
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam America

aradhana tiwariAs an undergraduate at U.C. San Diego, I majored in International Studies. During my fourth year, I was selected to participate in the Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP), a program that studies and publishes findings regarding Mexican migration to the U.S. From this work I came to recognize that the precariousness of the Mexican immigration experience calls for solutions that balance U.S. concerns with humane practices. Motivated by my experiences with MMFRP and coursework in my major, I began to seriously consider immigration as a focus for my legal studies and eventual career. Prior to law school I worked at Interval House Domestic Violence Shelters where the vast majority of clients were immigrant women. Many of the stories I encountered were heartbreaking; however, the resilience of the women was inspiring and emphasized the importance of a comprehensive approach that includes legal mechanisms to address immigration, child custody, protection and other issues as well as programs that enable self-sufficiency. In the future, I hope to work with women who are abused and marginalized.  I ultimately would like to work towards creating legal systems and forging sustainable solutions that guard women from such abuses within their own societies and across the third world.

At Oxfam I will be involved in the Private Sector Department where I hope to be involved in projects that pertain to corporate responsibility as well assignments involving  micro-loans and access to medicines in the developing world. 

Steven Toff '14
PHRGE Employer: Open Fellowship- International Trade Union Confederation
Steven holds a B.A. in labor studies from San Francisco State University and a master’s in Labor Policies & Globalization from the Global Labor University (A joint program through Universität Kassel in Germany & Unicamp in São Paulo, Brazil). Steven worked as a union organizer beginning  in 2001 and since then has helped workers on farms and assembly lines, in classrooms and hospitals, to build collective power and create change in their lives. He has worked for various labor organizations, including the AFL-CIO, Association of Western Pulp & Paper Workers, and National Nurses United. In each of these positions he strived to promote the rights of employees by leading union organizing drives to challenge the inequity of our economic system.  He is interested in the effects of globalization on traditional labor law regimes and how trade agreements and global finance capital are reshaping the strategies unions have historically relied on. As a Public Interest Law Scholar at Northeastern, he hopes that a law degree will help better position him to contribute to this struggle for economic justice.For his first co-op, he will be working at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in Brussels. The ITUC is the principal organization bringing together trade unions from all over the globe, representing and advocating on behalf of working people. His work will involve utilizing legal mechanisms of global governance such as the ILO in addition to comparative research on trade agreements and domestic labor laws. 

J. M. Kirby ‘13
PHRGE Employer: Open Fellowship – Bogotá, Colombia- PAIIS
A couple early years of traveling brought me into contact with human rights and environmental justice organizations throughout the U.S. and in Mexico. I ultimately settled into a lengthy stretch of community organizing in Washington, D.C., and participated primarily in movements for housing rights, and in struggles to address police and prison system violence towards marginalized communities, including sex workers. Determined to acquire lawyering skills in order to further bolster movements for human rights, I attended Goddard College, and then came to NUSL. In Colombia, I will assist lawyers at Programa de Acción por la Igualdad y Inclusión Social, a disability rights law clinic at the University of Los Andes, as they address human rights violations of imprisoned people with disabilities. I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity, through PHRGE´s Open International Fellowship program, to learn from and support PAIIS’s domestic and international legal strategies.

Shaneka Davis '14
Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi, India 
I am originally from Boston, MA and have spent the last six years of my life serving the community around me.  In undergrad I mentored middle and high school students through a program called Student Bridges.  Through Student Bridges I realized that I had a passion for working with marginalized populations and decided to apply to the Peace Corps.  For two years I lived and worked as a youth development volunteer in Romania, dealing primarily with the Roma population. I am excited to continue to serve through PHRGE and look forward to working at the Human Rights Law Network this summer.

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Clayton Adams '13 
PHRGE Employer: ACLU Georgia  clayton adams
Promoting human rights and civil liberties has been at the heart of all of my academic and professional accomplishments.  I started developing an interest in these themes while earning my bachelors degree from Georgia State University in my home city, Atlanta.  Before coming to Northeastern School of Law, I interned at organizations focusing on these issues, such as the Carter Center and the Georgia ACLU.  Afterward, I worked at the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative where I combined my interests of law and human rights by working with lawyers and activists throughout the world who use law to affect their local and national communities.  Now as a second-year law student, I have been able to return to the South twice to work on rights-based issues.  My first internship was at the Southern Center for Human Rights where I worked on prison-conditions litigation and capital appeals cases in Georgia and Alabama.  I am now working at the ACLU of Georgia’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Program as a PHRGE fellow.  Working at the ACLU has helped me to better understand how to use international law to help solve international problems.

Nataniel Gottlieb-Johnson '12 
PHRGE Employer: Open Fellowship - Israel/ Occupied Palestinian Territories
I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended Chapman University, where I majored in Sociology and minored in Political Science and Peace Studies.  I spent six months abroad with the School for International Training in Durban, South Africa, where I studied reconciliation and development.  I first experienced the empowering and transformative effect that legal advocacy can have on people’s lives when working as a paralegal for a small special education law firm in Irvine, CA.  I am currently in my third year at Northeastern University School  of Law, and am dedicated to redressing the many excesses of the criminal justice system.  I have completed co-ops with the Northern Virginia Capital Defender Office, the Orleans Public Defenders, and the Juvenile Division of the San Francisco Public Defender.  Upon graduation I will be working at the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender.  My final co-op will be in Palestine, working for a human rights attorney on documenting and challenging Israeli home demolition policies in the West Bank.  I am honored to receive the Open International PHRGE Fellowship for this work. 

Katie Beck '12

PHRGE Employer: Open Fellowship - Costa Rica 

After graduating with a degree in business from Indiana University in 2009, I came to Boston to study International Human Rights law at Northeastern.  My first co-op was with the PHRGE program at Physicians for Human Rights, where I worked closely with their Asylum and Campaign Against Torture Programs.  I also worked at the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center in San Francisco, performing a variety of functions for their Gender Equity and Disability Programs.   After a summer doing toxic tort litigation with a local firm I am excited to be headed to Costa Rica for my last co-op, also graciously supported by PHRGE.  In Costa Rica I will be assisting in the representation of Afro-Caribbean communities in the IACHR, as well as compiling an online blog and legal resource for the right to development as it confronts various environmental and economic constraints.

Glynis Ritchie '12
PHRGE Employer: Human Rights Law Network, India 

glynis ritchieIn 2006, I graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations.  As an undergraduate, I spent a semester at the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  There, while drafting reports on corporate social responsibility and international human rights abuses in African and Southeast Asian countries, I solidified an interest in international human rights law.  After college, I spent time in New York City helping to manage the development of a Rwandan fair trade jewelry line, currently produced by women in community cooperatives and sold throughout the United States. Since coming to Northeastern in 2009, I have focused my coursework on the legal dimension of public health, while also completing judicial internships with the New York State Office of the Attorney General, Labor Bureau; the Hon. Gary S. Katzmann of the Massachusetts Appeals Court; and Thornton & Naumes, LLP.  I have participated in the Public Health Clinic, the Prisoners’ Assistance Project, and the Domestic Violence Institute at the Boston Medical Center.  For my last quarter, I plan to travel to Delhi, India to work with the Human Rights Law Network on their People’s Health Rights initiative.  I am a published author, active volunteer, and avid traveler.    

Catherine (Katusha) Galtizine 
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
After graduation from Emerson College in 2004, I worked with PEN USA, the west coast branch of an international organization defending freedom of expression around the world. The work I did in their Freedom to Write program inspired me to go back to school and study international human rights law. The combination of domestic and international law that I studied at Northeastern helped me realize that human rights law contains lessons for domestic law and policy.  I am hoping to implement those lessons especially in the service of low-income clients, in working to advance reproductive justice, and in the fight to protect freedom of expression. I hope to use my time at the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty to expand my understanding of the interplay between international human rights and domestic policy, and carry these ideals into my practice after graduation. 

Winter 2011-2012

Winter 2011-12

Tiffany Malcolm'13
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
I am from Long Island, NY and attended Northeastern University where I obtained my bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. My interest in human rights began during my 1L year at NUSL while working on the social justice project. Our project focused on the criminalization of people experiencing homelessness for violations of survival activities such as sleeping, sitting or lying on public property or food sharing ordinances. I am very excited to be working at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. My work at the Law Center will consist of applying human rights perspective to federal legislation; litigating human rights issues with local lawyers and activists and raising U.S. homelessness and poverty issues in international fora.

Kelly Smith'13
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam
I am from California and attended UC Berkeley, majoring in Political Science, with a focus in comparative politics.  There, my curiosity peaked around governments in the developing world, and their respective roles in poverty and human rights abuses.  I also worked for years in the Bay Area as a corporate paralegal at a boutique firm, and interned in community organizing on a range of environmental issues with the Sierra Club.  Human rights and sustainability have always been of interest to me, and I'm especially interested in engaging the private sector on these issues.  Accordingly, I am extremely excited to be working with Oxfam's Private Sector Department where I'll be focusing specifically on legal issues relating to corporate social responsibility.

Jennifer Kline'13
PHRGE Employer: Human Rights Legal Network, New Delhi, India
I grew up in Orangevale, CA and graduated from UC Berkeley with a Peace and Conflict Studies Major, focusing on international relations. After college I served as a rural health educator in the Peace Corps for two years in Senegal, West Africa. In Senegal I saw the importance of the relationship between publicizing and enforcing laws and enabling people to exercise their basic rights. After Peace Corps I continued pursuing my interest in public interest and community development by working for Head Start in Boston.  At Head Start I worked with many immigrant and low-income families and helped them gain access services and resources. My first coop was at the International Rescue Committee’s Headquarters in New York where I did a lot of research around refugee and asylee rights in the United States.  At the Human Rights Law Network in India I will be working for their Reproductive Rights division, which will allow me to pursue my interests in international human rights, public health and community development.

Fall 2011

Jillian Tuck '12
I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 where I majored in History and Latin American Studies. Upon graduation, I worked as a human rights observer in rural Guatemala where I became interested in the ability of the law to re-empower and heal victims of violence. Upon returning to the States, I moved to the Bay Area where I organized for immigrant and refugee rights by day and worked as a waitress and bartender by night. I am currently in my third year at Northeastern University School of Law, where I'm focused on the intersection of immigration and human rights. I spent my first two co-ops on the U.S./Mexico border in El Paso, Texas at Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center. I speak fluent Spanish, hike mountains, and am learning percussion.

Julia Lum '13
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

I am originally from Oakland, California, and went to school in Southern California where I majored in Gender and Women's Studies. My background is in prisoner advocacy and ultimately I hope to create broad scale change in the United States' criminal justice system. Prior to law school, I worked as a litigation at the Prison Law Office in Berkeley, California. There, I helped advocate for prisoners who were unable to access medical care.  I'm thrilled to be a fellow with the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty and am eager to learn strategies of using international human rights frameworks domestically.

Leda Tabaie '12
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam America
I graduated from Loyola University of Maryland in 2007 with a bachelors in political science and a minor in philosophy.  Post-graduation,I taught English in Bangkok, Thailand for one year.  During my time abroad I travelled extensively throughout Southeast Asia.  My experiences traveling sparked my interest in human rights in developing countries.   My studies at Northeastern are concentrated in international human rights and gender issues, in particular reproductive rights and violence against women.  I am very excited to be working with Oxfam America this fall in the Private Sector Department.  Specifically, I am excited to apply my background knowledge regarding HIV/Aids in the context of Oxfam's Access to Medicines program. 

Summer 2011

Julia Butner '13
PHRGE Employer: National Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC

I am very excited to work at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in DC this summer. I was drawn to Northeastern by its dedication to serving the public interest, and I am honored to have been chosen as a PHRGE fellow for my first co-op. I grew up in Maryland and graduated from George Washington University with degrees in History and Criminal Justice. I worked at a non-profit organization in DC that provides street outreach, free medical care, shelter, and supportive housing for three years before coming to Northeastern. At NLCHP, I hope to work on housing as a human right and serving homeless children.

Caitlin Chan '12
PHRGE Employer: Human Rights Legal Network, New Delhi, India
I am from Palo Alto, California.  I majored in Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and minored in Women, Culture and Development.  During undergrad I was active in Women's Commission and organized against sexual assault with several other student groups.  I also studied abroad at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  Directly after graduation I worked as a docent and outreach educator at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.  I then served a year as an AmeriCorps Member at the Women's Community Clinic in San Francisco, which provides free sexual and reproductive healthcare services for women, by women.  In addition to being a Clinic Manager, I did sexual health counseling and trained healthcare workers.  I also did outreach to homeless and other marginally-housed women in the Mission District, and served as the Interim Director of Street Outreach Services.  My first two co-ops were with Greater Boston Legal Services in the Welfare Law Unit, and with the Honorable Victoria A. Roberts, District Court Judge of the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit.  

Carla Erskine '13
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam America, Boston
My interest in human rights and development grew as I became cognizant of the complexity and duality of my cultural and socio-economic experience, being raised between the small island of Jamaica and the first world power, the United States.  After moving to the U.S.  in my early youth, I was made aware of poverty perpetuating power struggles, classism and racism, that colored the relationship between the developed and developing world.  This influenced my academic focus at my Alma matter, Villanova University, where I studied Political Science and Geography/Environmental Studies.   While there, I affirmed my interest in the field of human rights, particularly concerning issues of sustainable development for the world's developing countries. Now in pursuit of my J.D. at Northeastern University, I plan to focus on international human rights and environmental law and policy. Accordingly, I am honored and excited for this opportunity, to spend my first co-op working as a PHRGE fellow with Oxfam America, in their private sector department focusing on issues of corporate social responsibility, aiming at the larger goal of social justice and poverty alleviation.

Sari Long '13
PHRGE Employer: Physicians for Human Rights, Boston
My first co-op will be at Physicians for Human Rights this summer, working specifically with the Asylum Program. I came to Northeastern to combine my passion for human rights with the power of the law; being a PHRGE Fellow enables me to do just that. Originally from Minneapolis, I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from McGill University in Anthropology and Religious Studies. After spending two years in Turkmenistan as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I worked as an immigration paralegal before moving to Boston where I completed a Master's degree in Operations Management from Harvard University. Working with Physicians for Human Rights is a perfect fit with my background and interests and will be incredibly valuable as I explore future roles in law and human rights.

Summer 2011

Deodonne Bhattarai '11
PHRGE Employer: National Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington DC
While pursuing my concurrent masters in public health and law, I have continually explored the intersection between health and economic status, and the potential domestic applications of international human rights law.  Serving as a fellow at the National Center on Homelessness and Poverty has allowed me to become fluent in the language necessary for such advocacy integration.  I spent my first few days of my fellowship on Capitol Hill, discussing housing related legislation with Congressional staffers.  Specifically my work has focused on the recent review of the United States’ human rights record by the UN Human Rights Council and its potential use by Congress and NGOs to shape future policy.

During graduate school, I have served on the board of a women’s health center, participated in the domestic violence program at Boston Medical Center, advocated on behalf of prisoners’ rights, and coordinated a pilot grad student medical-legal partnership program focusing on the importance of going beyond legal theory to identify and address issues of food and housing insecurity.  As a human rights fellow at the National Center on Homelessness and Poverty I have had the opportunity to take my experience with human rights advocacy directly to the halls of Congress.

Giovanni DiMaggio '12
PHRGE Employer: Physicians for Human Rights, Boston
I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to work with Physicians for Human Rights and its Asylum Program, especially given my family history and connection to issues surrounding Cuban asylum seekers.  I will be contributing to Physicians for Human Rights' legal work and scholarship relating to asylum/refugee issues such as relief from removal, detention prior to removal, and the right to health under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.  I began exploring my interest in international human rights as an undergraduate at Colgate University by majoring in International Relations: my coursework included a National Security extended-study program in New York City, which covered topics such as the use of torture on enemy combatants and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and a study-abroad program in Geneva, Switzerland, where I learned about human rights as they relate to and are affected by Non-Governmental and International Organizations.  After graduating, I spent one year teaching English in Vietnam, a country that does not recognize the rights of refugees and asylum seekers because it signed neither the 1951 Geneva Convention nor 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, yet recently was allowed to complete a two-year term on the U.N. Security Council.  At Northeastern, my coursework includes Human Rights & the Global Economy and International & Foreign Legal Research, and I am participating in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.  This spring, I look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the important work of Physicians For Human Rights, and hope to make new friends and gain valuable experience along the way.

Jessica Gustin '11
PHRGE Employer: Human Rights Legal Network, New Delhi, India

I was a horrible Spanish student in high school; I dropped the class as soon as I could.  After college, I worked with the immigrant community in Boston and learned that there is much more than language barriers keeping people from opportunity and success. With the civil justice system inaccessible to most ordinary people in the U.S., more problems are perpetuated than remedied (Read here).  Learning the law and especially innovative uses of human rights law to expand traditional notions of rights will help me serve my neighbors as both an advocate and an interpreter.  Spanish is still on my bucket list but I am thrilled to be a lawyer in training and part of the PHRGE community.  Follow my blog about my PHRGE Fellowship in India and time at the South African Constitutional Court, jessicabethtravels.wordpress.com.

Sonia Haerizadeh '12
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam America, Boston
I am so excited about the opportunity to work as a PHRGE fellow at Oxfam America this spring.    Prior to law school, I studied Nutrition and Global Health at Cornell University and came to Northeastern to learn more about the intersection between international health, human rights, and law.  I spent my first coop at the Global Justice Center, an international human rights organization that develops innovative legal tools for women leaders around the world.  At Oxfam America, I will be interning with the Private Sector Development program, working on cutting edge strategies for constructive partnerships with private sectors leaders.  As non-state actors become increasingly involved in development, I believe that collaboration with multi-national corporations will be necessary to improve agriculture, small business sustainability and the economies of the developing world.  I am excited to look more deeply at the underpinnings of poor health and to work on developing lasting solutions to poverty.

Spring 2011

Neena Dhouni '11
PHRGE Employer: Physicians for Human Rights, Boston
I am so thankful for my time working in the Asylum Program with Physicians for Human Rights(PHR).  During my time with PHR I gained invaluable legal research, writing, and editing skills that helped to further incite my interest in human rights law.  As I researched the feasibility of alternatives to detention for asylum seekers and the accessibility of legal service providers for asylees detained in isolated, yet prolific detention centers I gained insight into the challenges that many of the most disenfranchised and marginalized members of society face each day.  As an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a focus in international development.  While taking courses such as Afro-Mexican history, International Politics, Global Security Politics, Children and Youth in Armed Conflict, and Race and Racism in Comparative Perspective I developed a passion for the protection of human rights.  During my undergraduate course of study I had the opportunity to work with the Abraham Project, based in San Jose, Costa Rica, where I helped to build homes for neglected and abused children, while also providing English instruction.  In addition to working with the Abraham Project, I also had the opportunity to go to Franklin, Indiana and Atlanta, Georgia, preparing and serving food to the homeless and working in youth development programs.  As a second year law school student, I continue my work with the homeless in Cambridge, through an organization called, Streetlight, which provides food and clothing to those living on the streets once a week.  This quarter, in the hopes of furthering my interest in human rights law, I will take Refugee and Asylum Law as well as a human rights seminar as a direct result of my experiences with PHR. As I look forward to the future I have only to thank my time with PHR for making this co-op so memorable and influential in cultivating my passion for human rights.

Alexander Smith '11
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam America, Boston
I came to Northeastern University School of Law after a long period working abroad.  I first struck out on my own as an undergraduate film production major.  A film project Pakistan TV led me to an internship with UNHCR in Islamabad.  I was able to travel with UNHCR to Peshawar and collected rare footage of refugee camps and interviewed aid workers, survivors of violence, and even Taliban officials.  This experience was the beginning of a career working with UN agencies and reporting human rights situations through documentary films.  In the years between college and law school I worked for UNHCR in Japan, UNIFEM in Afghanistan, Oxfam in China, and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in Sudan. 

All the while I was working in the field I found the work reward, but at the same time frustrating.  I wanted to have more say in how laws are made and enforced and how health policies are implemented.  Northeastern's joint JD/MPH (Masters in Public Health) degree program, in partnership with Tuft University, appealed to my desire to effect change in not only law, but also public policy.

As a student at Northeastern I've taken advantage of a wide variety of opportunities to learn and gain useful experience.  For a year I volunteered my time in the Domestic Violence Institute, interviewing and offering assistance to survivors of violence at Boston Medical Center.  To feed my interest in human rights and health, I joined the Human Rights Caucus, International Law Society, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and attended a wide variety of relevant lectures at Northeastern and other Boston-area law schools.  

I spent my first summer abroad, studying International Criminal Law in the Hague and Comparative Constitutional Law in Paris.  In my second year I spent my first co-op in Kenya with Physicians for Human Rights.  There I collected interviews on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) with Kenyan health workers, lawyers, police officials and survivors of violence.  I reported my findings to the office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague and produced a new documentary film on impunity for SGBV crimes.

In my second co-op, I took on the PHRGE fellowship with Oxfam America in Boston.  This co-op provided invaluable opportunities to work with experts in the field of food security, access to medicines, and other issues in corporate social responsibility.  Near the end of my time at Oxfam I was invited to attend a meeting of NGOs involved in access to medicines advocacy, attended by representatives of major pharmaceutical companies.  Lawyers and rights advocates negotiated with the drug companies to find ways to provide more affordable medicines to people in the developing world, for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases that disproportionately effect poorer nations.

Today, I'm nearing the end of my time at Northeastern, still focusing on international law, criminal law, and health. I'm currently working on a law review article as an independent study, asking whether the International Criminal Court might one day widely prosecute violations of economic and social rights, such as the intentional disruption of humanitarian aid.  I plan to spend my last two co-ops in Sierra Leone and Holland, researching law and maternal health and international criminal prosecution.

Amelia Timbers '11
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam America, Boston

Asia Watson '12
PHRGE Employer: Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi, India
I am from Stone Mountain, GA and graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a B.A. in psychology.  Post-graduating I taught 8th grade math in Memphis, TN with the Teach for America program.  I decided to attend Northeastern University School of Law because of the co-op program.  During the winter quarter of 2010 I interned at the Human Rights Law Network in Delhi, India.  HRLN is composed of social activists and lawyers that work relentlessly towards the advancement of human rights for all.  Special focus included: reproductive rights, woman's rights, and housing rights.  During my co-op I wrote petitions, went on fact finding missions, protested for good causes, and created an adolescent weekend workshop on reproductive and sexual rights.  I thoroughly enjoyed my work with HRLN and will do it again in a heartbeat.

Victoria Wilson '12
PHRGE Employer: National Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC
I am a 2L at NUSL, and I received my B.S. from Boston University in 2004 with a double major in Film and Social Science.  I wrote my senior thesis on visual propaganda and changes in the Chinese film industry after the Cultural Revolution.  I received an M.A. in Political Anthropology in 2008, also from B.U.  After undergrad, I worked as an organizer and did educational outreach at non-profit organizations serving immigrant and economically disadvantaged communities in New York City, NY, and Newark, NJ.  During the summer 2009, just before I came to NUSL, I worked for the Service Employees International Union on their campaign in support of President Obama's health care reform plan.  My first co-op was at the Texas Civil Rights Project in El Paso, Texas where I worked on ADA Title II/Title III, racial profiling, and NLRA complaints.  I received the PHRGE Fellowship to do policy research and writing at the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty in Washington, DC.

Winter 2010-2011

Vanessa Madge '10
PHRGE Employer: Physicians for Human Rights, Boston
Vanessa recently graduated from Northeastern School of Law and Tufts University School of Medicine with a joint JD/MPH. Her most recent co-op was with the Asylum Network of Physicians for Human Rights in Cambridge, where she researched the psychological effects of solitary confinement on immigrant detainees and how the privatization of prison health care affects inmate health. Additionally, she worked on an amicus brief submitted to the Board of Immigration Appeals, on an upcoming report concerning the tensions of dual loyalties of medical professionals in an incarcerated setting, and conducted research on the applicability of the ADA to deaf clients requiring interpretation for pro bono medical exams.

Jennifer Harrold '12
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC
Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, I attended the University of Florida on full-academic scholarship. I graduated with a B.A. in History with a specialization in Rare Books and Special Collections.  After working as a library services professional after college, I came to Northeastern with an interest in international criminal justice and alternative dispute resolution. After spending summer quarter of 2010 studying at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law, I began my first co-op with the The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. Here at the Law Center, I am currently working closely with the human rights director. Specifically, I am working on an educational campaign for domestic advocates concerning the upcoming  United Nation's Universal Periodic Review.

Fall 2010

Katie Beck '13
PHRGE Employer: Physicians for Human Rights, Boston

I am from Indiana and received my undergraduate education in business at IU. I came to Boston to pursue a career in International Human Rights, and hope to accomplish this with the dual J.D. / "International Sustainable Development" degree program with Brandeis.  I am currently on co-op with Physicians for Human Rights, where I am working closely with their Asylum and Campaign Against Torture departments.  I am confident that PHR and the PHRGE Fellowship will provide an invaluable experience in learning how non-profit human rights organizations work within multiple political and legal systems to effectuate real change.

An Duong '11
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC
As a dual degree JD and MPH degree candidate, I have a passion for working to improve the Public Health status of communities of color and increase much needed health care access for communities that are traditionally under-served and under-represented.  My first internship was at a commercial litigation firm in South Africa and second was with DC Superior Court Judge Mott.  This summer I interned with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in DC.  I worked on litigation strategies to advocate for the right to housing from an international human rights framework.  Additionally, I lobbied foreign embassies to prompt them to take action during the United Nation's Universal Periodic Review.  Specifically, motivating the foreign nations to pressure the US to live up to its human rights obligations in providing housing for those who can not afford it.

Chris Fletcher '11
PHRGE Employer: OXFAM-America, Boston
I came to Northeastern with a background in human rights. For my third co-op, I am a PHRGE fellow in the private sector department at the headquarters of Oxfam America. Here, I am directly engaging with cutting-edge CSR legal issues. Having a co-op experience that perfectly aligns with my interests is exciting and enormously helpful to the professional life I see myself pursuing. I'm looking forward to the unfolding of this experience and the evolution of my legal career.

Summer 2010

Andrew Angeley '11
PHRGE Employer: Physicians for Human Rights, Boston
After growing up in Commerce City, CO and attending Colorado State University--where I received my B.A. in Economics with a minor in Women's Studies--I decided it was time to make a move to a big city out East. Northeastern became a natural choice for me as soon as I learned more about its educational and social environment, as well as its concentration in my main areas of interest--domestic violence advocacy and international human rights issues. I spent my time as a PHRGE fellow working at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), where I was able to combine those two topical areas of interest into a coop experience that far surpassed my already high expectations. While at PHR, I worked extensively on their groundbreaking white paper entitled "Experiments in Torture: Evidence of Human Subject Research and Experimentation in the 'Enhanced' Interrogation Program". I also benefited from working on legal research evaluating the human rights bases for the immigration remedies created by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The experience as a whole was an amazing opportunity to not only expand my legal skills, but understand more fully the impact of NGO's within the International political landscape. I was truly inspired by the amazing people I worked with as a PHRGE fellow at PHR, and will always be grateful for the opportunity.  

Leigh Sapir '10
PHRGE Employer: OXFAM-America, Boston

Gil Rochbert '11
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC
I grew up just outside of Boston and went to Union College in upstate NY to get my BA in political science focusing on international politics. I went straight from college back to Boston for law school with an interest in criminal law and in public international law.  My internship at NLCHP was my second (the first being the US Attorney's Office) and was a great experience. I learned the role of a lawyer within an NGO as well as just the inner workings of an NGO. I was able to work both on long-term matters relating to international law including helping to write/edit a report submitted the United Nations Human Rights Council, as well as on short term impact litigation and legislative advocacy. It was extremely rewarding to do work that had an immediate positive effect (or prevented a negative effect) on people, and it was exciting to see some of my own written words reprinted in the newspaper.

Spring 2010

Katrina Welt '11
PHRGE Employer: Physicians for Human Rights, Boston
I am a third year student in the JD/MPH program.  The PHRGE fellowship gave me the opportunity to work with both the Asylum Network as well as the Campaign Against Torture for Physicians for Human Rights in Cambridge, MA.   I helped draft a Senate testimony on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on prisoners for Senator Durbin's Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law.  Additionally, I researched and wrote about issues pertaining to un-consented experimentation on the detainees at Guantanamo Bay.   I also helped create a presentation designed to teach asylum law to physicians who volunteer their time to provide medical examinations for immigrant detainees who are applying for asylum relief.  The experience was absolutely fantastic and I am extremely thankful to PHRGE for giving me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many whose rights have been so severely violated.

Laura Schoefer '10
PHRGE Employer: OXFAM-America, Boston

Winter 2009-10

Caitlin Reed '10
PHRGE Employer: Physicians for Human Rights, Boston

Jane Moisan '10
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC
Jane Moisan recently graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, where she continued her work for homeless and housing-insecure people through externships with housing and human rights organizations including the Centre on Human Rights and Evictions (COHRE) in Geneva, Switzerland, and with the Washington, D.C.-based National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP). During her time with the COHRE, her work included submitting an amicus brief to the European Court of Human Rights on comparative international housing rights law, and a Collective Complaint to the European Committee on Social Rights concerning Italy's violations to housing rights and the obligation to protect family life and to take measures to prevent poverty and social exclusion. She also worked with a coalition on drafting Guiding Principles on extreme poverty. While with NLCHP, Jane coordinated national written and oral testimony from housing campaigns across the country for submission before the United Nations Special Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik, during her first United States mission. She also worked to ensure the rights of homeless children and youth to education in New York City.

Purvi Patel '09
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam-America, Boston
Originally from the Chicago area, I attended Oberlin College and worked in Chicago's non-profit community for a few years before coming to Northeastern for Law school.  I came to Northeastern both for its public interest focus, and for the co-op program.  As a JD/MPH student, interests centered on health law, international law, and humanitarian law.  For my first three co-ops, I worked for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Hon. Ann Claire Williams (US Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit), and Greater Boston Legal Services Immigration Unit.  I did my MPH thesis project with the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), completing data analysis for qualitative research on health as a human right in Lewis & Clark County, Montana, and currently serve as a rapporteur on the working group for Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in Conflict Settings for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's 2009 and 2011 Humanitarian Action Summits. As a PHRGE Fellow at Oxfam America, I got to work on the Private Sector Department's Access to Medicines project -- expanding on prior knowledge of pharmaceutical litigiation I had gained at the Illinois and Masachusetts Attorney General's offices.  I also did preliminary research on the US's Universal Periodic Review and comparative research on private sector efforts among international humanitarian NGOs. 

Fall 2009

Erin Albright ’10
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam America, Boston

Jessica Gustin ’11
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC
I came to NUSL after almost five years of working at various non-profits in the Boston area and I am so glad I did--coop offers so many different opportunities!  For my first coop, I jumped at the chance to work at NLCHP and see national-scale advocacy first hand.  My work was exciting and timely.  For example, I conducted research for an article on the intersection of housing and health which was published on Huffington Post and I also presented the human rights legal framework to the over 200 participants at the National Alliance of HUD Tenant's Annual Conference.  My summer at NLCHP helped me develop a foundational understanding of policy creation, the different roles advocates play and the importance of the human rights legal framework.  My only warning for those who follow is to be prepared for the heat, D.C. gets hot hot hot in the summer. 

Summer 2009

Tasmin Din ’09
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam America, Boston 
Originally from Bangladesh, I grew up in Washington, DC. My parents were Diplomats so the importance of international law and development policy were made clear to me at a very early age. I studied Political Science, Economics and International Relations at Hampshire College and graduated in 2001. I worked at an international human rights organization, Physicians for Human Rights, for five years before entering law school in the fall of 2006. At Northeastern, I studied international law, immigration law, human rights law and policy, and business associations' law. I found the nexus between human rights policy and international transactional law to be most intriguing and was able to spend a co-op as a Fellow with the Program on Human Rights and Global Economy learning more about this field. My PHRGE Fellowship at OXFAM-America's Private Sector Engagement Unit was one of the highlights of my time at Northeastern. I am now serving as a Fellow with the Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Program based at Northeastern University School of Law.

Nick Matthews ’10
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC

Spring 2009

Taran Nadler ’10 
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC
I migrated from the west to east coast for law school, but remain an Oregonian at heart. I grew up in a small town of southern Oregon called Ashland, and then went to undergrad a couple hours north at University of Oregon where I graduated with a BS in political science. From there I went straight to law school. My interest is in the international realm of law/policy/diplomacy with law school serving (hopefully) as a reasonable step in that direction. I distract myself from law school with Ultimate frisbee and jams (listening). I am looking forward to working at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty as it integrates several pieces I am very interested in working on, namely human rights, policy and international issues.


Nathanael Player ’09
PHRGE Employer: Centre on Human Rights and Evictions, Geneva
I am the current PHGRE fellow at the Center on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) in Geneva, Switzerland. I have only been here two weeks, but so far it has been wonderful. Geneva is a beautiful city and COHRE is a great place to learn about human rights. I have already drafted documents for the European Committee on Social Rights and two U.N. treaty bodies. I have also had the opportunity to attend events at the U.N., including Colombia's Universal Periodic Review and the Forum on Minority Issues. Two of my previous co-ops involved housing issues at the domestic level, and one career path I am considering involves working on issues of housing and homelessness in San Francisco and incorporating a human rights perspective.

Paige Young ’10
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam America, Boston
I received my BA in Politics and Turkish from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies in 2004. Upon graduation I completed a fellowship at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, before beginning a second fellowship with Dogan Media Group, a major multimedia company in Turkey. My first legal internship at NUSL was completed with U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young.  As a PHRGE fellow, my second internship at Oxfam is proving to be a fantastic opportunity to learn about unique collaboration between the private sector and the developing world. Besides researching and learning about SRIs, the extractive industry, climate change, and writing shareholder resolutions, the internship at Oxfam has also allowed me to continue to research legal topics relating to the justicability of social and economic rights (ESRs) – an area that I continue to research for Professor Lucy Williams. Without a doubt, the Oxfam internship is a wonderful opportunity to learn about a variety of incredibly high-profile issues through the Oxfam "poverty" lens and from a development perspective.

Fall 2008
Carolyn Hunt ’09
PHRGE Employer: Oxfam America, Boston

Photo of PHRGE Fellow HuntI was the first student to co-op at Oxfam America, based in Boston, as a PHRGE fellow. At Oxfam America, I worked in the private sector department, assisting staff with several innovative projects at the intersection of business and human rights. One such project involved a new methodology for measuring the impacts of multinational corporations on those living in poverty in developing countries, in partnership with the corporations and with the goal of improving the corporations' "poverty footprint." I hope to use the insights I gained at Oxfam America to inform my future work applying principles of human rights and alternative dispute resolution to smart land use and natural resource protection.

Jane Moisan ’10
PHRGE Employer: Centre on Human Rights and Evictions, Geneva
I completed my PHRGE fellowship at the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions in Geneva, where my work included submitting an amicus brief to the European Court of Human Rights on comparative international housing rights law, and a Collective Complaint to the European Committee on Social Rights concerning Italy's violations to housing rights and the obligation to protect family life and to take measures to prevent poverty and social exclusion. I also worked with a coalition on drafting Guiding Principles on extreme poverty. Before law school and after graduating from Mount Holyoke College, I worked for the homeless as a counselor and an advocate in New York City, Portland, Oregon and San Francisco. I also volunteered at the American Civil Liberties Union in Portland and San Francisco for five years as an intake counselor, providing referrals and advocacy to persons seeking ACLU assistance. I have worked on many campaigns for access to basic resources, women's issues and activists' rights. I anticipate working in poverty law, particularly in the housing sector, and hope to bolster in that the human rights perspective.

Winter 2008-2009

Allison Garren ’10
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC

Following my first year of law school, I served as the PHRGE fellow at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in Washington, DC during the summer of 2008. For my initial assignment, I built upon the work of the spring fellow, developing plans for a public hearing on racism where grassroots advocates and citizens could testify before the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. I helped coordinate the national steering committee for the event, gathered testimonies and orchestrated the hearing itself. I also helped build a structure for NLCHP's "right to housing" section of their online "wiki", which serves as a web-based resource for attorneys. Throughout the summer, I researched domestic and international law on a wide number of issues for an NLCHP case protecting homeless persons.  My research included issues addressing the right to sanitation and sanitary facilities, the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to life in the context of the criminalization of the elimination of bodily wastes in public. Upon returning to Boston, I hope to cultivate a student led human rights caucus that will work intimately with the US Human Rights Network and educate other students - from high school to law school - on the international, legal human rights framework and how to utilize it in ongoing advocacy. I also am working with Northeastern's chapter of the National Lawyers Guild to develop a "best practices" guide for university expansion that protects and promotes affordable housing.

Anne-Sophie Young ’09
PHRGE Employer: Centre on Human Rights and Evictions, Geneva

Photo of PHRGE Fellow Young

I was the PHRGE fellow at COHRE in Geneva, Switzerland for the summer of 2008.  During my three months at COHRE, I worked on several different projects including drafting complaints to the UN and the Council of Europe regarding housing rights violations, writing urgent action letters to prevent imminent evictions, and drafting research proposals on housing laws around the world.  I also attended numerous meetings at the UN, including meetings for CERD and meetings for the UN Human Rights Council.  Additionally, I presented two country report recommendations on Ghana and Brazil at the 8th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review.  My work at COHRE focused on housing as a human right, but also touched on other important human rights such as women’s rights and rights against discrimination, among others.  My co-op with COHRE was my third co-op at Northeastern.  In addition to my internship with COHRE, I have co-oped at Greater Boston Legal Services in the health and disability unit, the US Attorney’s Office in the criminal division, and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.  Prior to starting law school at Northeastern, I worked for the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau and for the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.  I hope to pursue a career in the non-profit/public interest sector upon graduation.

Summer 2008

Scott Bell ’09
PHRGE Employer: Centre on Human Rights and Evictions, Geneva
My PHRGE fellowship was with the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions in Geneva, Switzerland during the spring of 2008. My initial assignment included assisting COHRE specialists with shadow reports to the UN on Kenya on the Philippines. However, these assignments were sidetracked when I was asked to do a field assignment in Turkey on the rights of Roma populations. I traveled to Turkey for two weeks, observed the living conditions of Roma populations, interviewed residents of Roma neighborhoods and interviewed activists and academics working in the field. When I returned to Geneva I wrote a substantial report on my findings and delivered it to a Member of European Parliament, who had funded the project. While this assignment occupied the bulk of my stint with COHRE, I also drafted for COHRE a proposed research methodology on the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. I also frequently attended sessions at the United Nations, including informal working groups, the Universal Periodic Review, and the annual UN Human Rights Conference. 

Caitlin Egleson ’09
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC 

Spring 2008

Florence Heuschen '09
PHRGE Employer: Centre on Human Rights and Evictions, Geneva


Monica Katz-Lapides ’09
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC

Winter 2007-08

Sara Sluszka ’09
PHRGE Employer: Centre on Human Rights and Evictions, Geneva

Photo of PHRGE Fellow Sluszka

As a fellow at COHRE, I focused on drafting advocacy documents for submission to the UN, which is a large part of the work of COHRE's Geneva office. I drafted submissions to the UN Human Rights Council on human rights violations in South Africa and Guatemala for the first Universal Periodic Review; drafted a Communication to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing to inform his upcoming review of the Czech Republic; and researched and wrote an amicus brief to be presented before the European Committee of Social Rights in a suit against France for its alleged violations of the right to adequate housing provisions of the European Social Charter. It was amazing to be at the "center" of the human rights advocacy world, with so many advocates from all over the globe (I met people from Sri Lanka, Germany, Kenya, Ireland, France, Scotland, Belgium, Canada, the UK, Argentina, Australia, and more). I also really enjoyed having my daily work be to learn about human rights conditions all over the world and research legal norms that can help, and have helped, protect people's rights. In the future, I plan to use the advocacy tools I gained at COHRE to push for enforcement of human rights norms in the United States, especially for marginalized groups in the areas of criminal justice and immigration.

Eva Tafoya ’08
PHRGE Employer: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC

Photo of PHRGE Fellow TafoyaI am from New Mexico, the home of my father’s family for the past three hundred years. My father was born when Hispanic New Mexicans were beginning to be fully integrated into American society, often not entirely by choice. My mother is Jewish, a third-generation immigrant, from a long line of highly educated professionals. My life was enriched from the beginning by a diverse social circle and an involved and attentive family. I dropped out of school at fifteen, feeling that high school was no longer challenging and was unnecessarily repressive. With help from my family, I enrolled at the College of Santa Fe through an early college credit program, and went on to earn a G.E.D. and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I then moved on to the dual J.D./M.S. in Law, Policy and Society program at Northeastern. This program allowed me to study the issue that concerns me most, group inequality in access to resources, from several academic perspectives: law, policy, economics, criminal justice, public health, and history, to name a few. My PHRGE fellowship was the best of my co-ops, though I greatly enjoyed the Shelter Workgroup at Greater Boston Legal Services and the three months I spent in San Francisco at the Policy Department of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. At the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, I combined advocacy for homeless people with my desire to work for systemic change. I learned how to use a human rights approach in that advocacy, and that knowledge greatly enhanced my studies abroad in Italy and Turkey. As I come to graduation, I am seeking a career in public policy, where I hope to contribute to a system-level improvement in the equality of access to resources, much as I did at NLCHP.