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Child Justice Program, Legal Aid of Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

As a recipient of the Sumner M. Redstone Fellowship in Public Service, Michael will be working on issues of children’s rights and justice for children in Cambodia. Throughout law school, he actively sought opportunities to assist in protecting children, especially in Southeast Asia. He worked in the child protection section of the regional office of UNICEF in Thailand, Child & Youth Protection Unit of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Boston Juvenile Court, and Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, building expertise in both the global and regional landscape of legal frameworks and delivery of justice for children. He spent multiple semesters in the International Human Rights Clinic and Child Advocacy Clinic, working both domestically and abroad in countries like Myanmar, on a range of cross-sectoral issues holistically affecting children, including the school-to-prison pipeline, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and the rights of refugees and minorities. Prior to law school, he received a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan, served in the South Korean Army, and worked in international education under UNESCO.