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Alumni Spotlight: Thinking Outside the Box: Three Human Rights Alumni Forging Their Own Paths

To be successful, human rights work requires a mix of vision and tenacity – the ability to see a problem clearly and then develop creative solutions. The Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic recently spoke with three alumni from the classes of 2018, 2016, and 2014, who are charting their own paths and creating change through innovative thinking, from Cambodia and Geneva to Texas and South Africa.

Trusted to listen: Nicolette Waldman ’13 dedicates her career to documenting human rights violations

After her first interview in Afghanistan, Nicolette Waldman ’13 realized she had found the career she was meant to pursue. It was the summer after her first year at Harvard Law School, and Waldman had a fellowship with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission to research torture of conflict-related detainees. The man she was meeting had escaped from an Afghan prison. He…

At Harvard, Niku Jafarnia J.D. / M.P.P. ’20 found a wealth of ways to advocate for refugees

“I have always felt very strongly that I need to work against inequality and the forces that make it possible,” says Niku Jafarnia J.D./M.P.P. ’20. For her, draconian and difficult immigration systems that favor certain populations are key sources of the disparities she hopes to eliminate. When President Donald Trump instituted the first of many travel bans that targeted Muslim-majority…

Advice for Prospective Post-Graduate Fellows From IHRC Senior Clinical Fellow Nicolette Waldman JD’13

International Human Rights Clinic Senior Clinical Fellow Nicolette Waldman JD’13 recently shared some advice for prospective post-graduate fellows, including tips for preparing your application and lessons learned for how to make the most of your year abroad. As a Satter Fellow in Human Rights in 2013-2014, Nicolette worked as a field researcher with Center for Civilians in Conflict in Somalia, the Philippines,…

Criminalization of Homosexuality in Tunisia: From Colonialism to Present-Day Activism

Please join ILSP-LSC for a lunch talk featuring Dr. Ramy Khouili, a Tunisian doctor and human rights activist, and Daniel Levine-Spound JD’19, who will examine the origins and dynamics of the criminalization of homosexuality in Tunisia.  Khouili and Levine-Spound will present their original research analyzing the emergence of the Tunisian Sodomy Law, from its colonial inclusion during the French protectorate to its application in 21st century Tunisia,…