1997 Human Rights Fellows

The Human Rights Center has sponsored more than 100 graduate and professional students to work with nongovernmental organizations and human rights agencies in the U.S. and abroad.


Evgenii V. Bershtein (Slavic Languages and Literature) worked with the AESOP Center in Moscow. AESOP, the largest AIDS advocacy group in Russia, works to prevent the spread of AIDS and works against all forms of discrimination directed at AIDS victims.
Michele DiTomas (Joint Medical Program/Public Health) studied the effects of eviction and relocation on the well-being of families in slum communities of Bangkok. She was based at the Institute of Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. See also the interview with Kritaya Archavanitkul, a demographer and human rights activist at the Institute of Population and Social Research, Mahidol University: "Emerging Issues in Human Rights in Southeast Asia."

Stella Marie Harder (Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union) interned with the Pacific and Asian American Center for Theology and Strategies (PACTS) interviewing Filipina women in the Bay area who survived torture during the Marcos regime of the Philippines.

Megan Mylan (Latin American Studies/Journalism) spent the summer in Rio de Janiero helping community organizations in the barrio of "Vigario Geral" to produce videos on human rights and police violence.

Sophia Marie Ray (Journalism) worked in the press office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.

Saidah Said (Journalism) spent her internship with the Lontar Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia, studying violations of freedom of expression.

Janey Skinner (Community Health Education/Public Health) spent her internship with the Casa de la Mujer (Women's Center) in Bogota, Colombia, participating in their popular education program and a qualitative study of the status of women's mental health, especially among displaced women.

Ranjana Ariaratnam Zook (Law/City and Regional Planning) worked with the Women's Rights Advocacy Program at the International Human Rights Law Group in Washington, DC. She helped develop projects aimed at protecting the rights of women, particularly those who are trafficked for purposes such as servile marriage, prostitution, and forms of exploitative labor.