1994–1999 Human Rights Fellows

Go to year: 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994

From 1994 to 1999, the Human Rights Center sponsored 45 graduate and professional students to work with nongovernmental organizations and human rights agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

 

1999 Human Rights Fellows


Katherine Bedall

Master’s student, Graduate School of Journalism
Human Rights Watch (New York and Indonesia)
Issue: Rights abuses related to independence movements in rural Indonesia.

 

Kaila Compton

M.S./M.D. student, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
International Committee for Lawyers (Tibet)
Issue: Fact-finding mission to Dharmsala to gather information concerning violations of Tibetan children’s rights by the Chinese government.

 

Katherine Fleet

J.D. student (1L), School of Law
Movimiento Unido de Mujeres Dominico Hatianas (Dominican Republic)
Issue: Documenting human rights abuses against children of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic.

 

Hannah Garry

J.D. student (1L), School of Law 
Human Rights Research Center, Beijing University Law School (Beijing, China)
Issue: Development and teaching a month-long course on the European Court of Human Rights. She also designed an international human rights seminar and conducted research on perceptions of human rights norms in the East and West.

 

Alexandra Huneeus

Ph.D. student, Jurisprudence and Social Policy program, School of Law
Center for Justice and Accountability (New York)
Issue: Cases of torture in Chile.

 

Ippolytos Kalofonos

M.S./M.D./Ph.D. student, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
Community Information and Epidemiological Techniques (Nicaragua)
Issue: Community involvement in the planning and governance of health care programs.

 

Helen Lennon

J.D./Ph.D. student, School of Law and Yale University Department of Comparative Literature
Mississippi Post-Conviction Counsel Project (Jackson, MS)
Issue: Death penalty appeals.

 

Victor Peskin

Ph.D. student, Department of Political Science
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Arusha, Tanzania)
Issue: Perceptions of Rwandans regarding the trial and its work.
Victor went on to become a Human Rights Center Research Fellow and co-authored Hiding in Plain Sight.

 

Eugene Polissky

Ph.D. student, Department of History
Memorial Research and Information Centre (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Issue: He organized the organization’s archives and worked with teams searching for mass grave sites.

 

Lisa Stevenson

Ph.D. student, Department of Anthropology
Archbishop’s Office of Human Rights—Exhumation Project (Guatemala)
Issue: How the exhumation of clandestine graves and the reburial of loved ones can lead to healing for the relatives of the disappeared.

 

 

1998 Human Rights Fellows


Steve Dahlgren

Master’s student, Graduate School of Journalism and Asian Studies program
Center for Advanced Study (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Issue: Monitoring the July 1998 elections and investigating human rights abuses directed against minority groups.

 

Jill Esbenshade

Ph.D. student, Department of Ethnic Studies
Sweatshop Watch (San Francisco, CA)

 

Brendan Flannery

Ph.D. student, School of Public Health
Oswaldo Cruz Institute (Salvador, Brazil)
Issue: Research and outreach to local health and human rights organizations to control the urban epidemic of leptospirosis, a bacterial infection associated with high mortality in poor communities.

 

Karen Greene

Ph.D. student, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Program in Medical Anthropology
Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Issue: Structured survey of knowledge of and attitudes toward universal child rights in a Cambodian village.

 

Felicia Lester

Undergraduate, Interdisciplinary Studies Field program
CENESEX (Havana, Cuba) and Ujima House (Oakland, CA)
Issue: Education programs aimed at preventing teenage pregnancies and helping pregnant teenagers gain better access to health care.

 

Lucinda Ramberg

Ph.D. student, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Program in Medical Anthropology
Women in Leadership Development, the Joint Women’s Program, and the Indian Health Organization (India)
Issue: Human rights organizing strategies on behalf of devadasis—Hindu devotees whose traditional practice of sacred sexuality has devolved into urban commercial prostitution.

 

Yvonne Taylor

School of Public Health
Population Council—Safe Motherhood Project (Hanoi, Vietnam)
Issue: Discrimination and poverty preventing women and children from receiving adequate health care.

 

Anastasia Telesetsky

J.D. student, School of Law
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) (Washington, DC)
Issue: Project in Papua New Guinea concerned with the rights of indigenous groups and land use.

 

Nicholas Walter

M.S./M.D. student, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
CARE (Otavalo, Ecuador)
Isssue: Indigenous groups’ better access to health care.

 

 

1997 Human Rights Fellows


Evgenii V. Bershtein

Ph.D. student, Slavic Languages and Literatures
AESOP Center (Moscow, Russia)

 

Michele DiTomas

M.S./M.D. student, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
Institute of Population and Social Research, Mahidol University (Bangkok, Thailand)
Issue: Effects of eviction and relocation on the well-being of families in slum communities in Bangkok.

 

Stella Marie Harder

Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union
Pacific and Asian American Center for Theology and Strategies (PACTS)
Issue: Interviewing Filipina women in the Bay Area who survived torture during the Marcos regime in the Philippines.

 

Megan Mylan

Master’s student, Graduate School of Journalism and Latin American Studies program
Community organizations in the barrio of “Vigario Geral” (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Issue: Producing vidoes on human rights and police violence.

 

Sohia Marie Ray

Master’s student, Graduate School of Journalism
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia—Press Office (The Hague, Netherlands)

 

Saidah Said

Master’s student, Graduate School of Journalism
Lontar Foundation (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Issue: Violations of freedom of expression.

 

Janey Skinner

M.P.H. student, School of Public Health
Casa de la Mujer (Women’s Center) (Bogota, Colombia)
Issue: Qualitative study of the status of women’s mental health, especially among displaced women.

 

Ranjana Ariaratnam Zook

J.D./Ph.D. student, School of Law and College of Environmental Design Department of City and Regional Planning
International Human Rights Law Group—Women’s Rights and Advocacy Program (Washington, DC)
Issue: Projects aimed at protecting the rights of women, particularly those who are trafficked.

 

 

1996 Human Rights Fellows


Lela Rose Bachrach

M.S./M.D. student, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
Centro para los Adolescentes (La Paz, Mexico)

 

Javier A. Couso

Ph.D. student, Jurisprudence and Social Policy program, School of Law
Amnesty International—International Secretariat (London, England)

 

Lucian Kim + Gavin McCormick

Master’s students, Graduate School of Journalism
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)—Press Office (The Hague, Netherlands)

 

Greg Mullins

Ph.D. candidate, Department of English
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (San Francisco, CA)

 

Kathryn Poethig

Ph.D. student, Graduate Theological Union
Asian Research Center, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand)
Issue: Asian attitudes towards international human rights.

 

Jennifer Rader

Master’s student, Latin American Studies program
Myrna Mack Foundation (Guatemala City, Guatemala)

 

Kimberly Theidon

Ph.D. student, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Program in Medical Anthropology
Mesa Nacional Desplazamiento en el Peru (Ayacucho, Peru)

 

 

1995 Human Rights Fellows


Alem Abbay

Ph.D. student, Department of Ethnic Studies
Amnesty International—Campaign on Africa (San Francisco, CA)

 

Fiona Brophy

J.D. student (2L), School of Law
Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (San Francisco, CA, and Mexico)

 

Daniel Hoffman

Ph.D. student, Department of Anthropology
International Child Resource Institute (Brazil)

 

Michael Holley

J.D. student (1L), School of Law
Comité de Comunidades Étnicas Runujel Junam (Los Cimientos, Guatemala)
Read Michael’s resulting article, “Recognizing the Rights of Indigenous People to Their Traditional Lands: A Case Study of an Internally-Displaced Community in Guatemala” (Berkeley Journal of International Law, 1997).

 

Jeffrey Kile

Ph.D./M.P.H. student, Department of Anthropology and School of Public Health
South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (New Delhi, India)

 

Maria Cecília Santos

Ph.D. student, Department of Sociology
Uniao de Mulheres (São Paulo, Brazil)

 

 

1994 Human Rights Fellows


Jennifer Berman

J.D. student, School of Law
Asia Foundation (Cambodia)

 

Rachel Rosenbloom

Ph.D. student, Department of History
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (San Francisco, CA)
Rachel later joined the organization’s staff.

 

Amy Ross

Ph.D. student, Department of Geography
Myrna Mack Foundation (Guatemala City, Guatemala)

 

Somava Saha

M.S./M.D. student, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
Co-operative Republic of Guyana, in partnership with the Bahá’í religious community (Guyana)

 

Andrea Suter

J.D. student (2L), School of Law
Human Rights Watch—Women’s Rights Program (Washington, DC)