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Human Rights Fellowship Program

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2004 Fellows



2004 Fellows


Wendy Adams
The League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissioners
Minneapolis, MN

Wendy Adams is currently a student at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, Minnesota, working on her Masters in Social Work. Her host organization is The League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissioners where she will work on the program “Reducing and Eliminating Hate Behavior (REHaB). The REHaB Program is a response to requests for corrective services for persons who have been convicted of hate crimes. The judicial system requests one-on-one counseling with the offenders. Wendy will serve on the committee that deals with human rights issues throughout Minnesota. Her fellowship will focus on engaging individuals in learning about human rights and responsibilities while challenging offenders to change their attitudes and behaviors.

Kwaku Agyeman
Legal Aid Society
New York, NY

Fellowship Report

Kwaku Agyeman is a second year law student at the University of South Dakota. In May, he will undertake an internship with the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx, New York. His work will be in the Housing Unit that handles landlord and tenant law. The Housing Unit mediates and litigates cases of individuals who are being evicted by landlords. He will interview clients, act as liaison between staff attorneys, prepare motions to be filed in court, to clients and opposing attorneys. Kwaku plans to work as an international law and human rights attorney. Upon his return to South Dakota from New York, he would like to raise awareness on shelter issues, a fundamental human right, through campus forums and interactions with his university community.



Clay Collins
Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)

Fellowship Report

Clay Collins is enrolled in the Child Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota. In addition, he has been conducting research for a book on non-citizens and assisting in the development of a draft copy of a chapter on stateless persons. His fellowship will be with the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and will be based in Ghana. COHRE is an international human rights organization that seeks to ensure full housing rights by applying human rights law to housing situations around the world. He will work with COHRE’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Litigation Programme and the COHRE Africa Programme.

Lydia Dobrovolny
Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ME3)
Manitoba, Canada

Fellowship Report

Lydia Dobrovolny is currently working on her Master of Science in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the University of Minnesota. Her fellowship will enable her to focus on energy and environmental policy utilizing her science training and research skills, working for Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ME3). ME3 is a non-profit organization the works regionally to transition communities to a clean, fair, and efficient energy system. Her work with ME3’s Just Energy Program will focus on advocating for the human rights of the First Nation's communities in Manitoba, specifically implementing environmental just and sustainable policy.



Adriana Dobrzycka
South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC)
New Delhi, India

Fellowship Report

Adriana Dobrzycka is in her senior year at St. Cloud State University, majoring in Anthropology and Political Science. She is also currently interning with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, conducting research on the Sierra Leone Truth Commission as well as monitoring human rights situations in Peru. Her fellowship this summer will take place at the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC) in New Delhi India. SAHRDC is an NGO that studies and documents human rights violations in the South Asian region. The Centre educates the public about international human rights standards and treaties. Adriana plans to bring her experience back to her community by giving presentations and sponsoring discussions regarding the human rights situation in the South Asian Region.



Jonathan Eoloff
Center for Justice and International Law
San Jose, Costa Rica

Fellowship Report

Jonathan Eoloff is in his final year at the University of Minnesota Law School. He currently serves as Symposium Editor of The Journal of Law and Inequality. Jonathan has extensive experience working with human rights organizations or projects, including interning with the Asylum Law Project at the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, clerking for Sandra Babcock with the Mexico Capital Legal Assistance Program, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, and Witness For Peace in Guatemala. His fellowship will take place in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the Center for Justice and International Law. Jonathan will work as a legal intern, partnering with staff attorneys on cases before the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights. His work will assist him in the transition from law student to full-time advocate and attorney in the human rights arena.


Kimberly Ford
Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Sierra Leone and Guinea

Fellowship Report

Kimberly Ford received her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning degree in March of 2003 from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Most recently, she was admitted to the Ph.D. Program in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. She has worked extensively on research projects both in the United States as well as in Egypt and Nepal. For Kimberly's fellowship project, she will work in West Africa, specifically in Sierra Leone and Guinea with her host organization, Center for Victims of Torture (CVT). Initially, she will work with staff to collect existing data on their programs, assessing the dimensions of well being that the programs cover successfully, and identifying needs that have not been met. She will then develop evaluation measures and methods, and coordinate and standardize a process across CVT's West Africa programs for future evaluation. The research will provide valuable information to donors and increase the efficacy of the existing services in Sierra Leone and Guinea.



Eric Gottwald
International Labour Organization's Multinational Enterprises Program (MULTI)
Geneva, Switzerland

Fellowship Report

Eric Gottwald is a second-year law student at the University of Minnesota. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Eric worked as a legislative aide in Washington focusing on international trade and veteran’s affairs. In the summer of 2003, Eric volunteered at Oxfam-Great Britain as a Research Fellow. He conducted research in support of the Oxfam campaign on the precarious employment of women in global value chains. His fellowship in 2004 will support his internship with the International Labour Organization’s Multinational Enterprises Program (MULTI) in Geneva, Switzerland. MULTI works to bring employers, workers’ representatives, and national governments together to ensure that foreign direct investment generates employment that respects core labor standards. The work will focus primarily on preparatory work for a sub-regional meeting on multinational enterprises, FDI, and labor/employment issues in the Southern African Development Community.


Monica Haller
El Colegio
Minneapolis, MN

Fellowship Report

Monica Haller is currently a candidate for a Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Studies and Photography at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a graduate of the College of St. Benedict, where she received her B.A. in Peace Studies. Her fellowship will take place at El Colegio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. El Colegio is a charter high school with a focus in the arts, environment, and technology. The student population is primarily Latino; however, the school serves all cultures. Monica plans to work with a group of youth from Minneapolis, using photography as a medium to address the issue of denial of access to higher education for undocumented youth. She hopes the photography project will be a powerful tool in influencing the youth, the community, and legislature about the human right to education for all. Monica's goal is to create work that will be exhibited in public venues and circulated locally to promote awareness of the undocumented youth and their futures, with or without educational opportunities.


Lena Jones
Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA)
Cape Town and Pretoria, South Africa

Fellowship Report

Lena Jones received her M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the U of M. Additionally, she is an Instructor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota and at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She has many publications and awards for her dedicated work. Lena's fellowship with the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) will include participation in IDASA’s efforts to institute civic engagement projects in Cape Town and Pretoria. She will contribute to various applied research projects undertaken by IDASA's South African Migration Project (SAMP), a subsidiary of IDASA that promotes public awareness of the role, status, and contribution of foreign immigrants of African origin in South Africa. Lena's duties will include participating in grassroots democracy-building efforts and in research projects aimed at fighting xenophobia and discrimination. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of South Africa's first free elections. Lena plans to share her experience with her many students, African American scholars and colleagues, and the African American community at-large in the Twin Cities.


Kevin Keeley
Network of NGOs of Trinidad and Tobago for the Advancement of Women
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Kevin Keeley is currently a candidate for a Masters of Public Policy at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. His specific concentration is Economic and Community Development with an interest in gender and development. Kevin will work with the Network of NGOs of Trinidad and Tobago for the Advancement of Women in Port-of –Spain, Trinidad. He will work as a project manager, overseeing the design and launch of WomensNet T&T. WomensNet T&T is an innovative networking support program designed to enable women to use the Internet to find the people, issues, resources, and tools needed for their social action in Trinidad and Tobago. He hopes this effort will promote gender equality and women's empowerment in this part of the Caribbean. He hopes to be able to transfer this advocacy work upon his return to the Twin Cities Somali community and, in particular, with the Somali women and girls community.


Robert Lafrentz
Western Shoshone Defense Project (WSDP)
Crescent Valley, Nevada

Fellowship Report

Robert Lafrentz studied at the University of Minnesota at the Institute for Global Studies and received his B.A. in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies. Presently, he is a law student at the University of St. Thomas. As a fellow with the Western Shoshone Defense Project (WSDP) in Crescent Valley, Nevada, he will be working to reaffirm Newe (Western Shoshone) jurisdiction over Newe Sobobia (Western Shoshone homeland). He will be responsible for writing reports to the Organization of American States and to the United Nations Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination outlining the human rights violations against Western Shoshone people. He also plans to create materials for WSDP'S distribution to further awareness of human rights violations against the Newe people. Robert also will assist WSDP'S efforts in the "no Dirty Gold" campaign to stop the negative impact of gold mining on Western Shoshone land. Upon his return, Robert hopes to educate individuals about the human rights abuses against the Newe people, through undergraduate and graduate student newspaper articles and will attempt to start a human rights organization at the University of St. Thomas.



Tai Nicole Leather
Cultural Diversity Resources
Fargo-Moorhead, MN

Fellowship Report

Tai Nicole Leather is a senior at Minnesota State University in Moorhead. She has been working with Cultural Diversity Resources in Fargo-Moorhead since March and will continue through August. Tai will collaborate with Cultural Diversity Resources in the planning, implementation, and follow-up for the Human Rights Training of Trainers. Her fellowship aims to assist the cities with their goal of improving the human rights climate through the development of effective trainers. Tai hopes to acquire increased awareness of human rights so that she can serve as a human rights educator in the community.



Victoria Lichtman
Peace Now
Tel Aviv, Israel

Fellowship Report

Victoria Lichtman is a candidate for her Masters of Public Policy, with a Human Rights Minor, at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She received her B.A. in International Relations at the University of Minnesota. Working as an intern at Peace Now in Tel Aviv, Victoria will be engaged in numerous responsibilities, including working with Peace Now’s political campaigns and outreach efforts and promoting a viable and sustainable Palestinian – Israel peace. Peace Now is a non-partisan volunteer-based movement working to revive the peace process in order to end the cycle of violence for both Israelis and Palestinians.



Robyn Linde
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
Minneapolis, MN

Fellowship Report

Robyn Linde is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She received her M.A. degree from the University of Delaware in International Relations and her B.A. from Indiana University in Philosophy. Robyn’s fellowship will be with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Specifically, she will volunteer with the Women’s Program conducting research for the “Stop Violence? website designed to combat violence against women in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS). Robyn’s experience living and working in Central and Eastern Europe for over three years, as well as her skills as an activist and researcher, will help in compiling information for the website. Robyn plans to continue her work with human rights and, in particular, her work with women’s rights issues in her home community when she returns.



Amanda Loge
Hogar de Cristo
Arequipa, Peru

Amanda Loge obtained her B.S. in Family Social Science and Spanish from the University of Minnesota and is currently working on her Masters of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. Amanda will conduct her international fellowship at Hogar de Cristo, a non-profit in Arequipa, Peru, which serves children between the ages of four to seventeen who work on the streets. She will work collaboratively with the staff psychologist and social worker, conduct home visits, and make assessments with the children’s families to help plan interventions and increase family support. She will also work with educational, psychosocial, and mental health services. Through her experience in Peru, she hopes to gain insight into ways to advocate effectively and empower those individuals with whom she will work. Amanda hopes to apply this knowledge in promoting the rights of immigrant children and their families in Minnesota upon her return.


Patrick McGroarty
University of Minnesota Human Rights Center
Minneapolis, MN

Fellowship Report

Patrick McGroarty grew up in Minnesota and is currently a sophomore at Boston College. This summer Patrick will work at the Human Rights Center, conducting interviews of past fellowship grant recipients and other associated with the history of the Human Rights Center’s different programs. These interviews will be presented as part of the Human Rights Center’s 15th Anniversary Reflection Project. Additionally, Patrick will assist with the completion of the Human Rights Education Series publications and work on promoting the Human Rights and Peace Store. He hopes this experience will help to prepare him for his life-long commitment to working with human rights and social justice issues.



Chie Michihiro
Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)

Fellowship Report

Chie Michihiro did her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin and Kobe University in Hyogo, Japan, as well as Kinki University in Osaka, Japan. Currently, she is a candidate for a Masters of Public Policy at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Chie will work as a fellow at the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), a voluntary organization for women in Singapore. AWARE is committed to raising awareness of violence against women. Chie will conduct research and collect data on violence against women, the migration of women workers, and foreign victims of violence against women for their website. Chie plans to do public speaking engagements in classrooms and volunteer at Minnesota organizations that deal with violence against women when she returns.



Evangeline Nderu
Womankind Kenya

Fellowship Report

Evangeline Nderu received her B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Portsmouth University in England and her M.A. in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University. She is currently a candidate for her Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota. Nderu will work at Womankind Kenya in northeast Kenya. Womankind Kenya is an NGO whose mission is to support the most vulnerable members of communities in Garissa and Ijara districts, the women, and children, poor and destitute. Nderu’s fellowship will assist in their mission by helping to strengthen the education program, particularly for women and children, with her expertise in program development. Evangeline plans to work in the non-profit work on education program development.



Juliette Onyancha
United Nations Children’s Fund
Nairobi, Kenya

Fellowship Report

Juliette Onyancha received her B.S. in Management Information Systems at Metropolitan State University and is currently working on her Masters of Public Health, and Public Health Administration. Juliette will be a fellow at the United Nations Children’s Fund in Nairobi, Kenya, on a project called Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS/People Living with Aids (PMTCT/PWLA). In the next five years, the PMTCT program will emphasize five major areas including, The Education Programme, The Nutrition and Health Programme, The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme, The Special Protection Programme and The Social Policy, Advocacy and Communications Programme. UNICEF is developing and implementing these interventions. Juliette interest and dedication to improving the health of mothers and their children, is the focus of her life work now and in the future.


Nadifa Osman
Generation for Change and Growth
Mandera, Kenya

Fellowship Report

Nadifa Osman is a native of Somalia, and attended Somali National University School of Engineering where she received her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. She has studied at the University of Rome, Italy, California State University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her M.S. degree in Energy Management. Since moving to Minnesota, Nadifa has done research and analysis, consulting, and volunteering throughout the Twin Cities community. Her fellowship work will take her to Mandera, Kenya, to her host organization, Generation for Change and Growth. Her intentions are to identify grass-roots leadership among the women of Mandera, Kenya, and assist them in developing a local powerbase from which they can organize on a variety of issues. For example, teaching alternative cooking methods using solar ovens so the women don’t have to travel far from home to gather firewood, making them vulnerable for rape. Education of the women is another priority of Generation for Change and Growth. Nadifi will continue her education and outreach efforts when she returns to Minnesota.



Mike Scharenbroich
Urban Coalition
St. Paul, Minnesota

Fellowship Report

Mike Scharenbroich is currently a student at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He plans to do his fellowship work at the Urban Coalition in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Urban Coalition advances systemic changes through policy and advocacy initiatives. Addressing the injustices at the intersection of race and class, the Coalition’s agenda identifies common ground among disparate interest and crafts solutions to transform the system. Mike will work as an intern there for the summer. His future plans include enrolling at the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs and continuing his work in the human rights arena.



Quy Ton
Partners in Health-Socios en Salud, Peru
Zanmi Lasante, Haiti

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Quy Ton is currently a medical student at the University of Minnesota. He was the founding president of the Physicians for Human Rights Minnesota Student Chapter, the American Medical Association Student co-president, and founding member of Universities Allied for Access to Essential Medicines. Quy received his Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. from Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota. For Quy’s fellowship experience, he will join the research and clinical teams of Partners in Health-Socios en Salud in Peru and Zanmi Lasante in Haiti. In Peru, he will help design, analyze, and publish patient data from the pioneering nationwide DOTS-Plus multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment program. In Haiti, he will join the clinical care team at Clinique Bon Sauveur and see patients daily in clinic implementing the HIV Equity Initiative, utilizing DOT-HAART, a community based model of treating AIDS patients in resource poor settings. Upon his return, Quy hopes to utilize his practical experience in implementing a community-based model of disease prevention and treatment. Someday, he hopes to design and implement a similar program in Vietnam and other resource-poor settings.


Asya Varbanova
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe
Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Fellowship Report

Asya Varbanova is a Masters candidate of Public Policy at the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She did her undergraduate work at American University in Bulgaria and at the University of Maine. Asya’s fellowship will be undertaken at the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe, located in Bratislava in the Slovak Republic. She will be involved in supporting the development and implementation of various UNIFEM programs in the region. The three key aspects to UNIFEM’S work include women’s human rights, economic security and rights and peace and gender justice. Asya expects to be involved in all three aspects and particularly in projects for elimination of violence against women and eradication of feminized poverty. Asya’s future plans include continuing her work in the women’s human rights arena, specifically with domestic violence, rape, employment discrimination and the trafficking of women and girls for commercial sexual exploitation.

Jeff Vockrodt
International Labour Organization's Freedom of Association Branch
Geneva, Switzerland

Fellowship Report

Jeff Vockrodt is currently a student at the University of Minnesota Law School and at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He received his B.S. in Business and Industrial Relations from the Carlson School of Management. Jeff will intern at the International Labour Organization’s Freedom of Association Branch in Geneva, Switzerland. His work will concentrate on protecting workers’ rights to organize and choose union representation. He will examine government documents and evidence of actual government practice to determine compliance or noncompliance with the terms of the ILO Freedom of Association Conventions.



Leah Marks
University of Minnesota Human Rights Center
Minneapolis, MN

Leah Marks recently moved to the Twin Cites and will work as a Human Rights Fellow at the Human Rights Center. Leah will be a part of the web team of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library She will be responsible for maintaining the various language versions of the electronic library by posting documents and materials, including UN Treaty documents, important human rights jurisprudence, bibliographies and research guides, asylum resource and regional human rights documents. The information will provide a valuable tool to human rights activists, lawyers, researchers and students around the world.


Dayna Wolfe
Mobility International USA, The Hesperian Foundation and Whirlwind Women

Dayna Wolfe is a physician in private practice specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She is also a Zen peacemaker priest in training She received her Doctor of Medicine from George Washington University D.C. She completed her residency and internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital. She received her B.A from California State University. Dayna will work in Mexico with three U.S. West-coast based disability rights organizations. The common mission is to provide health education, access to greater physical mobility and economic self-sufficiency, thereby improving the quality of life for women with impaired mobility due to disability. Mobility International USA, The Hesperian Foundation and Whirlwind Women each have a different means for implementing their mission. Dayna’s fellowship will work on behalf of the human rights and health of women with disabilities in collaboration with all three host organizations. One of the many long-term goals Dayna has, is to serve as a Medical Director of the Twin Cities first clinic for women with disabilities.

Sara Wilkinson
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
Minneapolis, MN

Fellowship Report

Sara Wilkinson recently completed her B.A. at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she majored in Spanish Language and Latin American Studies. She has lived in Chile for 6 months and has spent one semester at the University of Havana, Cuba. Her work at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights involved working with the Human Rights Monitoring Project for which she monitored the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in Peru and Sierra Leone. She also participated in MN Advocates fact-finding trip to Peru to see how the local government was implementing the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commissions recommendations. Sara helped by monitoring news from Peru, translating documents and materials, corresponding with organizations in Peru, and providing Spanish interpretation while in Peru. After graduation Sara hopes to work for a non-profit NGO in the field of social justice, and is considering continuing her education in the future.




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