Horatia Hopper is currently a junior at Gallatin studying Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Discourses of Human Rights. This summer she will be working with the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties, assisting with the organization's efforts to pursue justice in Australia, specifically with Indigenous Australian populations, asylum seekers, LGBTQ communities, and women. Her interests lie in creating nuanced discussions surrounding human rights implementation and conversation, particularly with a feminist lens. After living in Australia, London, Los Angeles, and New York, Horatia has developed a global perspective on human rights and a keen interest in examining the relationship between human rights workers and the communities they seek to help.
Christine is a Global Liberal Studies freshman planning to pursue a major in Politics and a GLS concentration in Politics, Rights and Development. This year, she was a lead intern for Media4Humanity, an anti-child trafficking organization in New York, where she managed intern operations and lobbied Congress on behalf of anti-trafficking legislation. Academically, she is exploring the efficacy of rights-centric trafficking approaches in conversation with alternate models. The Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee of Kolkata, India is a sex-workers collective that fights trafficking through their Self-Regulatory Boards (SRBs). These SRBs consist of willing sex workers who identify, rescue, and rehabilitate unwilling victims through a non-prosecutory, grassroots approach. This perspective, unlike most international or national endeavors, still maintains and reaffirms the legitimacy of sex work as a profession. Thus, Christine’s time working alongside the Durbar community will be spent exploring how such individualized trafficking perspectives might counter-intuitively best encompass and protect the universality of human rights.
David is an M.A. candidate at Gallatin studying African Politics with a focus in gender and sexuality through the intersections of identity, violence, masculinity, and post colonialism. He is especially interested in homo-social spaces (both physical and digital), citizenship and state-legitimacy, men who have sex with men (MSM), and LGBT rights. This summer, David will be working with the Human Rights Advocacy Center (HRAC) located in Accra, Ghana. He will be working with HRAC’s LGBT rights division, which focuses on empowerment, community building, and legal support. As an organization that focuses on advocacy, legal aid, and research, HRAC offers a unique opportunity to better understand LGBT rights in Ghana. Additionally, David will conduct research this summer as he prepares for his Master’s thesis. He is interested in building a more nuanced understanding of how homosexuality and ‘deviant’ sexualities are perceived in Ghana as well as looking at how homosexuality become considered ‘un-African.’ David received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Syracuse University. In the past, David has worked with the Tanzanian Ministry of Education as a government school teacher in the region of Mbeya.
Angie's experience in human rights studies is predicated on her personal research that she has undertaken over the years. This summer will be her first time engaging in human rights outreach work through an organization. She will travel to Beijing as an intern at Zhicheng, a public interest law firm with a large pro bono limb of programs for the protection of migrant workers’ rights, women’s rights, and child welfare rights (among others). Her administrative work with Zhicheng will include doing legal research and drafting legal briefs for clients and outside organizations that partner with Zhicheng in the Chinese human rights initiative. While in Beijing she will also pursue an individual research project on the civil/political sector of human rights in China with an attorney supervisor from Zhicheng. Her engagement with human rights issues in China is connected to a family history full of experiences with human rights abuses in various political periods. She is in constant pursuit of a better understanding of her country of origin and the positive and negative facets of its culture.
Krystal McLeod is a sophomore Politics major in the College of Arts and Science interested in exploring a human rights framework in regards to education. As a Youth Delegate and Spokesperson for The NGO World Education Fellowship, accredited to both the Department of Information and the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, she developed a deep passion for exploring solutions for the lack of quality education provided for low-income students in the United States. It was her work as a Youth Delegate to WEF and a Youth Representative to The United Nations that inspired her to work with World Education Fellowship. This summer, Krystal will be working with World Education Fellowship to implement “My” Right to Learn, a program she created to serve inner city minority youth. This program takes into the account the needs of marginalized minority youth and is designed to empower/assist them in setting and attaining goals ranging from increasing literacy to college application readiness. On a conceptual level this program utilizes change management resources to deconstruct the universal education framework and implement a more holistic educational framework which originates in concepts of human rights.
Leah is a College of Arts and Sciences junior pursuing a major in Social and Cultural Analysis with focuses in Latino Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies, and a minor in Public Health. She’s particularly interested in the US-Mexico borderspace. Her research and humanitarian work on the US-Mexico border in Arizona, along with Leah’s passion for education and women’s empowerment fostered through organizations like Freedom Schools and Peer Health Exchange, inspired her to partner with Centro de los Derechos del Migrante(CDM). CDM is dedicated to combating the exploitation of migrant workers. These workers are often parts of cyclical, seasonal migration processes, and CDM’s community outreach to Mexican migrant-sending communities is key to spreading knowledge on workers’ rights as non-citizen agricultural or domestic workers in the US. Leah will engage in educational community outreach programs through CDM’s two offices in Mexico City and Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca, partnering with the ProMuMi project which aims to educate women on their rights as migrant workers once in the US. Structurally violent transnational systems like NAFTA, Border Patrol, and temporary visa programs make these women susceptible and vulnerable to numerous human rights violations within and outside their workplace, but the simultaneous lack of knowledge of, and protection from, their basic entitlement to these human rights against sexual harassment, for fair pay and housing conditions, and for honest and transparent recruitment practices puts these women at increased risk. Leah hopes to use her work through this fellowship to pursue a career in public health and human rights, with a focus on critical resistance education and women’s empowerment.
Tegan is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at NYU Wagner studying International Policy and Management. Before attending NYU, he was a Hart Leadership scholar at Duke University, where he wrote for the Duke Chronicle and served as president of a student-based international human rights organization. Tegan’s research focuses on global health inequalities and systematic failures in Nigeria. As a Gallatin Fellow, Tegan plans on comprehending the national and institutional challenges when it comes to Nigeria’s lack of a plan to tackle HIV/AIDS. This summer, he will be working at the Center for the Right to Health in Abuja, Nigeria. The Center is a Nigerian-based organization at the forefront of HIV/AIDS advocacy and treatment. Tegan hopes that his research will be able to provide practical solutions when it comes to combating and raising awareness of the epidemic. Prior to his work at CRTH, Tegan has worked for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children (SAWAC) in Lagos, Nigeria. Furthermore, he has also researched the political economic nature of Northern-Southern Nigeria. In 2012, Tegan investigated access to healthcare in Nigeria, as a result of his belief in health as a global human right. He is passionate about healthcare delivery in Nigeria and hopes to use his fellowship experience and Wagner training to make a difference in his country.
Bailey is a junior in Gallatin concentrating in Human Security and Visual Ethnography. She is interested in understanding how different actors recognize security from a state level to an individual level by exploring ‘freedom from fear’ and ‘freedom from want.’ As an aspiring ethnographer and photographer, she is also interested in using qualitative and visual research methods as tools for understanding communities. Four years ago, Bailey traveled to Malawi to be an 8th grade English Tutor with Goods for Good, but this summer she will be an on-site coordinator for goods for good’s community enterprise program. There she will conduct ethnographic interviews to explore how communities in Malawi mobilize in order to advocate for the fundamental human rights of orphaned and vulnerable children. She will investigate whom communities see as responsible for fulfilling these basic human rights and how those rights are being leveraged with the state, the community, and international aid organizations. Her interest in this particular human rights project stems from her interest in child rights and the role of civil society in rights advocacy. At NYU, she is an active member of the Against Child Trafficking club and a recent co-founder of the organization Youth Take Charge, which was awarded Best Overall Venture at the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship in 2012.