Nineteen Harvard Law School students have been awarded 2017 Chayes International Public Service Fellowships for work in 16 countries. The 2017 Chayes Fellows are listed below, with their summer placements and biographical information submitted by the students.
Kelsey Annu-Essuman, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Uganda
Kelsey is a first-year student at Harvard Law School from Dallas, Texas, with family from Ghana. She graduated from Yale University, where she obtained a B.A. in political science and was in the Education Studies Program. She is interested in international human rights law, particularly how local agencies in sub-Saharan Africa tailor human rights law to best suit their communities’ needs. As an undergraduate, she was a coordinator for the Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice and was part of a team that developed a conflict-resolution program for a secondary school for displaced persons. She also had the opportunity to conduct research on the vetting processes of UN troop-contributing countries in peacekeeping operations. At HLS, Kelsey is a member of the Harvard Mediation Program, Human Rights Journal, and Black Law Students Association. This summer, Kelsey will be working at the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Kampala. Her projects will focus on conducting interviews and performing research on preventative arrest, detention, and alternative dispute resolution in Uganda.
Daniel Cooper, UNICEF, Thailand
Daniel is a first-year student at Harvard Law School interested in child rights, juvenile justice reform, and non-profit organizations. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in sociology. While at UCLA, Daniel volunteered with UCLA Project Literacy and wrote his honors thesis on the western adaptation of Zen Buddhism. Prior to law school, Daniel worked with the Orange County Department of Education in California where he worked with at-risk youth at alternative education sites and juvenile correctional facilities. He then went on to become co-founder and executive director of the Pacific Coast Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization that creates and administers enrichment programs for incarcerated youth in southern California. Daniel is an editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review and a team leader for the HLS Recording Artists Project. This summer he will be working with UNICEF in Thailand, assisting with the UN-commissioned Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty and researching the best interests of the child as applied in judicial decisions.
Sarah Deibler, CamASEAN, Cambodia
Sarah is a first-year S.J.D. student at Harvard Law School from the United Kingdom. She is interested in women’s rights, gender and sexuality, international criminal law, and transitional justice. Sarah holds an LL.M. from Northeastern University School of Law and an LL.B. from the London School of Economics. At Harvard, she has been a teaching fellow for the course “Sexual Ethics as Ethical Reasoning” and a research assistant focused on feminist legal theory. Prior to beginning her S.J.D., Sarah worked as a legal intern with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and as a staff associate at Columbia Law School. She has also worked with a range of NGOs, including UNICEF UK, Transparency International, and the International Center for Transitional Justice. This summer, Sarah will be working with CamASEAN, a Cambodian non-profit dedicated to promoting the rights of marginalized persons, particularly the LGBT+ community. She will be based in Phnom Penh and her work will focus on legal protections for sex workers.
Hayley Evans, Rights Watch (UK), United Kingdom
Hayley is a first-year student at Harvard Law School from Nashville, Tennessee, and is interested in international criminal and human rights law, as well as national security. She graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and a minor in anthropology, and has spent time studying and working in Dublin, Ireland. Hayley interned for a summer at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York City, after which she moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a litigation paralegal in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. At HLS, Hayley is an editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and an article and line editor for the Harvard International Law Journal. In addition, she coordinates the HLS Advocates for Human Rights Task Force Against Non-Consensual Pornography and has volunteered at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. This summer, Hayley will work in London at Rights Watch (UK), conducting legal and policy research across RWUK’s three programs of study—securitization of suspect communities, global warfare, and post conflict justice—with a particular focus on targeted killing. Specifically, she will provide research support for a report on accountability and oversight mechanisms for the extraterritorial use of lethal force and for a policy paper on best practices in post-strike investigations.
Kimberly Grano, Human Rights Now, Japan / Myanmar
Kimberly is a first-year student at Harvard Law School from Pleasanton, California. She is interested in a range of human rights-related work, and hopes to develop a geographic focus on Asia and a substantive focus on business and human rights. Prior to attending law school, she graduated from UCLA with a degree in global studies and Asian studies and spent a year teaching elementary school English in Sunchang, South Korea, a rural county that is famous for its red pepper paste (gochujang). During her first year at HLS, Kimberly worked on projects with HLS Advocates for Human Rights and the Harvard Immigration Project, was a member of the International Law Journal and Harvard Human Rights Journal, and joined the newly formed Human Rights and Business Law Student Association. She will split her time this summer between Tokyo and Yangon with Human Rights Now, an NGO based in Japan with a field office in Myanmar, where she will research human rights violations in agricultural and commercial industries in Southeast Asia.
Ha Ryong (Michael) Jung, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
Michael is a second-year student at Harvard Law School from South Korea, interested in international children’s rights and child protection, specifically regarding juvenile justice reform and enhanced child-sensitive procedures for children in contact with the law. Given his geographical focus on Southeast Asia, he spent last summer in Thailand working with UNICEF on understanding the regional landscape of the legal frameworks and delivery of justice for children. He has worked on projects with respect to Myanmar throughout law school, including a winter term in Yangon with the International Human Rights Clinic tackling violence against women and girls, as well as investigating the country’s fragile juvenile justice system. He also served as a legal intern to the Child & Youth Protection Unit of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office through the Child Advocacy Clinic to perform comparative analyses with the United States. This summer, he will work in Cambodia to contribute to the proceedings of the sole hybrid criminal tribunal in the region, with the hopes of engaging with the issue of accountability in relation to the direct and intergenerational impact faced by children as a result of the genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge. He also plans to conduct side projects to further comprehend Cambodia’s newly formulating juvenile justice framework, with this summer being a critical point for the nation in the establishment and implementation of their strategic plan.
Brayden Koslowsky, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Chile
Brayden is a first-year student at Harvard Law School who is interested in issues at the intersection of trade, sustainable development, the rule of law, and international negotiation. From Vancouver, Canada, Brayden graduated from Trinity Western University with a B.A. in international relations. He has lived in Guatemala, South Korea, and Thailand, where he worked in education, social enterprise management, and community development. He has also worked for Statistics Canada and Canada’s former Minister of International Trade. At HLS, Brayden is an article and executive editor of the International Law Journal, a member of the Foreign Direct Investment Moot team, and the incoming client projects chair of HLS Negotiators. This summer, he will be working at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile, researching and writing in support of the region’s Principle 10 negotiations on environmental rights and justice.
Daniel Levine-Spound, Regroupement des Acteurs Ivoiriens des Droits de l’Homme, Côte d’Ivoire
Daniel is a first-year student at Harvard Law School interested in international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and criminal justice reform. Originally from New York City, Daniel graduated from Brown University in 2012 with an honors degree in comparative literature. After college, Daniel designed a course in conflict resolution at C Global Consulting in New York City, before moving to Paris on a Fulbright grant. In Paris, Daniel taught high school English and interned at Human Rights Watch. At the end of his Fulbright, Daniel moved to Tunis, where he worked at the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, and subsequently at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. At Harvard, Daniel is involved in Advocates for Human Rights, the Progressive Jewish Alliance, and the Middle East Law Students Association. This summer, Daniel will be working for Regroupement des Acteurs Ivoiriens des Droits de l’Homme in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Allena Martin, Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migracion, Mexico
Allena is a first-year student at Harvard Law School from Cape Cod, Massachusetts (by way of Washington, D.C.). She is interested in immigration and refugee law, human rights, and Latin America. After graduating from American University with a B.A. in international studies, she spent three years working with asylum seekers at Human Rights First in Washington, D.C. At HLS this year she was involved with the Harvard Immigration Project (including leading a Know Your Rights community outreach project as part of the Immigration Response Initiative), the Women’s Law Association, and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Next year she will serve as co-director of the Harvard Immigration Project and co-chair of the Women’s Law Association public interest committee. She looks forward to spending the summer in Mexico City researching and working with clients at IMUMI.
Natalie McCauley, International IDEA, Tunisia
Natalie is a first-year student at Harvard Law School from Austin, Texas. She is interested in international environmental law, gender equity, and treaty negotiations. Natalie earned her Master’s in environmental law and sustainable development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 2016, where her dissertation advocated for a human rights approach to environmental law at the International Court of Justice. She graduated from New York University in 2015, with majors in international relations and environmental studies. While at NYU, she studied in Paris, London, Dakar, Abu Dhabi, and Accra. At HLS, Natalie serves on the boards of the International Law Journal and the Environmental Law Society. Next year, Natalie will also compete as a member of Harvard’s Jessup International Law Moot Court team and work in the International Human Rights Clinic. This summer, Natalie is working at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Tunis, Tunisia. She will contribute to ongoing peace negotiations in Yemen by researching issues of contention in Yemen’s draft constitution.
Terrence Neal, International Energy Agency, France
Terrence is a first-year student at Harvard Law School, who is interested in energy and environmental issues, sustainable development, and clean technology. Prior to coming to law school, he earned his B.A. in public policy studies at Duke University. He then worked at LaunchSquad, where he focused on industry research, crafting strategic messaging, and media relations for clients in a variety of industries, including energy, cybersecurity, and cloud services. Terrence also worked in media relations at Earthjustice, where he led data research around President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and assisted with wilderness protection and environmental justice campaigns. This summer, he will be working in Paris at the International Energy Agency, which examines the full spectrum of energy issues and advocates policies that will enhance the reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy in its 29 member countries and beyond.
Lisandra Novo, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Costa Rica
Lisandra is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She was born in Cuba and moved to the United States when her family received political refugee status. She is interested in international human rights and criminal law, particularly accountability for human rights violations committed by state officials. She graduated cum laude from New York University where she majored in Latin American studies and completed an honors thesis on select prosecutions of Argentine military officials for human rights violations committed during the Dirty War. Before law school, she worked as a paralegal at Dentons in structured finance, at Human Rights Watch in the International Justice Program, and as a paralegal at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle in their International Arbitration Group. In her first year at HLS, she was a member of the Harvard Immigration Project’s Removal Defense Project, an interpreter for the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, co-communications chair for the Harvard European Law Association, and an article editor for the Harvard Online International Law Journal’s spring symposium on the crime of aggression. Next year she will be in the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic and an article editor for the Harvard International Law Journal. This summer, Lisandra will work at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica, where she will research issues of international human rights law with a comparative perspective and matters currently before the court.
Madeleine O’Neill, Migrants’ Rights Clinic, Israel
Madeleine is a first-year student at Harvard Law School interested in human rights work. A Massachusetts native, she graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a degree in literary arts. As an undergraduate, she discovered her passion for direct services and public interest work while volunteering as a crisis counselor and restraining order advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, she spent time studying and teaching English in Europe, which furthered her interest in working internationally. Prior to law school, Madeleine lived in Seoul, South Korea, where she spent two years teaching children ages 5 to 14 at English academies. She also worked as a research intern for the South Korean Human Rights Monitor and traveled throughout East and Southeast Asia. At HLS, Madeleine has continued working on human rights as a member of Advocates for Human Rights and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She is also a member of the Prison Legal Assistance Project and Immigration Response Initiative, and she was a dancer in the student-run musical production, Parody. This summer, Madeleine will be interning for the Migrants’ Rights Clinic at the College of Law and Business. There, she will work on individual and impact litigation cases for migrants and asylum-seekers as well as conducting comparative research on the intersection of asylum and family law.
Alyssa Oravec, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights / Equality Now, New York
Alyssa is a second-year student at Harvard Law School. She is interested in international human rights, especially social and economic rights in sub-Saharan Africa. She received her BBA in management from Georgia Southern University. Before law school, she spent four years in Zambia working first as a Peace Corps Volunteer and then in logistics for a USAID-funded project. At HLS, Alyssa serves as a project leader for the student practice organization, Advocates for Human Rights. This summer, she will intern with Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and at Equality Now.
Ratana (Kevin) Patumwat, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United Kingdom
Kevin is a first-year student at Harvard Law School from Bangkok, Thailand. His topics of interest include cooperation between the public and private sectors in the context of international development, comparative constitutional law, and the relationship between liberal values and democracy. Prior to coming to HLS, Kevin was an intern at Albright Stonebridge Group, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. He studied political science (international relations) and French at the University of California, Berkeley, and also studied at Sciences Po Paris for one year as an exchange student. At UC Berkeley, he was part of the Berkeley APEC Study Center, a research group focusing on complex multilateral trade agreements. In his first year at HLS, Kevin worked on analyzing the norms and regulations associated with the mining industry in sub-Saharan Africa as part of the Harvard Law School Advocates for Human Rights, as well as on documenting the experience of Romani immigrants in the United States as part of the Harvard Law and International Development Society. Next year, he will serve on the board of the Harvard Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. This summer, Kevin will be joining the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, United Kingdom. He will be working with the EBRD’s Legal Transition Team on its dispute resolution projects and will conduct research on energy and environmental regulations in Eastern Europe and North Africa.
Elisa Quiroz, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Switzerland
Elisa is a first-year student at Harvard Law School from Santiago, Chile. As a history major at Columbia University, she researched the human rights abuses that took place during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile during the 1970s and 80s, which was the focus of her honors thesis. Prior to law school, she worked as a paralegal at the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she provided both substantive and administrative litigation support for class action lawsuits challenging fraud in for-profit schools and deceitful debt collection practices, among other topics. At HLS, she has carried out research for HLS Advocates for Human Rights on reducing sexual violence within prison systems. This summer she will work at the OHCHR’s Justice Protection and Social Rights Unit, which provides support to the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council (including the Special Rapporteurs for cultural rights, the right to education, and the right to physical and mental health).
Philip Stachnik, Southern Africa Litigation Centre, South Africa
Philip is a first-year student at Harvard Law School from Edmonton, Canada. He holds a B.A. Honors with First Class Honors from the University of Alberta and a M.A. from McGill University, both in history. His studies focused on the intersection between international and domestic policies, with his master’s thesis focused on the effects of U.S. media on governance, business, and international policy in Sino-American relations. Before coming to law school, he studied Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing and worked at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in Hong Kong, where he specialized in applying new media to international business communications. At Harvard Law School, Philip serves on the board of the Harvard Asia Law Society as Asia business conference co-chair, works as a submissions reader for the Harvard International Law Journal, and volunteers for the Harvard Recording Artists Project. He will be in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre over the summer, working on impact litigation to protect human rights in countries throughout the Southern Africa region.
Natalie Trigo Reyes, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Mexico
Natalie is a first-year student at Harvard Law School from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is interested in international human rights, and migrant and refugee rights in particular. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in economics in 2010. From 2013 to 2016, she served in the Obama Administration as a political appointee at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she worked as special assistant to the chief of staff and chief operating officer in the Administrator’s Office and as strategic communications and outreach advisor in the Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise. Prior to her role at USAID, she served as aide to chambers to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor from 2010 to 2013 and as Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador. This summer, Natalie will be working in Mexico City at the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, an NGO dedicated to defending migrant workers’ rights as they move between their home communities in Mexico and workplaces in the United States. She is fluent in Spanish, English, and French, and proficient in Mandarin Chinese. While at Yale, she studied abroad at La Sorbonne in Paris and at Peking University in Beijing. Natalie is co-founder and member of the board of directors of ConPRmetidos, a non-profit social enterprise based in San Juan dedicated to advancing innovative solutions that enhance Puerto Rico’s economic competitiveness. At HLS, she is a member and advocate at the Tenant Advocacy Project and a staff member of the Harvard Human Rights Journal.
Mihret Woldesemait, Women’s Legal Centre, South Africa
Mihret is a first-year student at Harvard Law School from Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated with distinction from Duke University with a B.A. She majored in international comparative studies with a concentration on Africa and the Middle East, with a minor in cultural anthropology, and a certificate in global health. Prior to coming to law school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kavango region of Namibia working on HIV/AIDS prevention. Here at HLS, Mihret is involved with the Law and International Development Society, International Law Journal, and the Harvard African Law Students Association. This summer she will join the Women’s Legal Centre in South Africa, where she will primarily be conducting research to support an ongoing campaign and litigation to decriminalize sex work.