Summer 2017 Fellows

Allie Brudney, JD ’19, is working at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights. PACE is an international organization based in Strasbourg that works to uphold human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

Niku Jafarnia, JD ’19, will be working at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ankara, Turkey. Prior to to law school, Niku graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014, and went on to spend two years living in Turkey as a Fulbright grantee. She plans to work with in refugee law in the future, and hopes to spend the summer assisting with the Turkish UNHCR’s response to the current Middle Eastern refugee crisis.

Alisan Oliver-Li, JD ’19, is working in Windhoek, Namibia at the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), with the Gender Research & Advocacy Project. LAC is a public interest law center which focuses on making human rights a reality in Namibia and ensuring that the strong protections provided by the Namibian Constitution are advanced and respected. Within LAC, the Gender Research & Advocacy Project’s objective is to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women through legal research, law reform and related advocacy work.

Claudia Torres, LLM’16/SJD’20, is working at Brigada Callejera de Apoyo a la Mujer “Elisa Martinez:” a non-profit organization advocating for low-income sex workers’ human rights and civil liberties in both Mexico City and the Mexican southern border. Through its legal and policy work, Brigada Callejera looks for the recognition of prostitution as work across Mexico, the implementation of a harm-reduction approach to sex work, and the eradication of the sex trafficking crime.

Thaya Uthayophas, JD ’18, is working in London at the Privacy International (PI). Privacy International fights for the right to privacy across the world by (1) investigating government surveillance and exposing the companies that enabling it, (2) litigating to ensure that surveillance is consistent with the rule of law, (3) advocating for laws that protect privacy, (4) conducting research for policy change, and (5) raising awareness about technologies and laws that risks privacy, to ensure that the public is informed and engaged.

Evelyn Zheng, JD ’18, is working in Yangon, Myanmar at Justice Base. The organization’s current projects involve developing fair trial practices and rule of law, as well as women’s and Rohingya rights, and it takes a grassroots advocacy approach by working with the local communities to meet their needs and requests.

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