Iain has an extensive background working with civil society in countries in conflict. He was a Geneva-based correspondent for the London-based Guardian and International Herald Tribune (1976-1987); authored a book on the disappearances in Argentina; fronted several BBC documentaries; served as spokesperson for the UNHCR operation in Cambodia (1992) and the UN humanitarian operation in Haiti (2004); served as a Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace (1996-7); and conducted missions to Rwanda and Bosnia for the UN, USAID and UNHCR. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where he teaches human rights.
Karen, a Brazilian national, graduated from The University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA degree – Major in Global Studies and Minor in History. Her work with The Advocacy Project started in 2015 when she interned as a Development Assistant. Now her responsibilities include administration, fundraising, and human resources. Karen also coordinates the fellowship program and supervises the interns in the DC office. Whist at UCSB Karen worked part-time for three years at the International Students’ Office dealing with immigration matters. Also while at UCSB she was an active member of the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) organization, as well as a research assistant for the Global Studies Department. Karen’s research on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global South has been published by her University.
Brianna is a senior at American University’s School of International Service, where she studies International Studies with a concentration in peace and conflict resolution and a minor in Spanish. She is from St. Paul, Minnesota and is part of a student group called No Lost Generation, which advocates with refugee communities for their rights and visibility both in the United States and around the world. Brianna found out about AP through her work at NLG as Philanthropy Director, and was so inspired by AP’s mission and strategy to support grassroots organizations around the world. As someone who is especially passionate about migration issues, Brianna is excited to support the work of AP’s 2017 Peace Fellows.
Natalie is a senior at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in St. Joseph, MN, where she is working towards a liberal arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in international relations and a Global Business Leadership minor. Her past experience involves field work with two different foundations, one in Thailand, and one in the Dominican Republic. Both involved working with rural and marginalized communities that faced human rights violations, varying from human trafficking to women’s rights. This has allowed her to gain a strong interest in human rights. Which, in addition, confirmed her excitement to work with human rights organizations, leading her to AP.
Talia is going into her senior year at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is studying behavioral and community health and minoring in religious studies. Talia encountered the Advocacy Project when they presented at an event she headed on the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Talia hails from New York State and is excited to work in D.C. and get to know the city. Prior to this internship Talia interned at a Maryland nonprofit focused on aiding those with mental health issues. In her free time Talia enjoys volunteering by helping kids learn to read, school garden, and local food banks. Talia hopes to take her passion for service and channel it to helping advocate for marginalized communities by working with AP.