Jill3

Hello! I am a proud alumna of the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C currently seeking my next big opportunity to make an impact. My academic focus within international studies is global inequality and development in South Asia–particularly Nepal and Bhutan–as well as the United States.

I have represented the United States at the United Nations as well as abroad. I strive to be a firm advocate for immigrant, refugee, green card-holding, asylee and internally displaced populations in the United States, having been attached to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency, and the International Institute of Erie. In these roles, I have worked on the Central American Minors (CAM) program and the Iranian Religious Minorities Program while assisting with casework for the broader channel of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. I am the president and founder of the Migration Network on my campus and currently intern at Human Rights Watch in the US Program division.

After working as a Front Desk Assistant at Human Rights Watch for a year, I was promoted to US Program intern and tasked with supporting the advocacy initiatives and research of the division, much of which was focused on military sexual assault, southern border strengthening, deportation, detention, President Trump’s travel ban, criminal justice reform, torture, and surveillance. I conducted research and drafted a dispatch on repealing the 15-year statute of limitations for military discharge review boards to empower victims of sexual assault, rape, and untreated concussions. This worked acted as a follow-up to HRW’s May 2016 publication Booted, which addressed this issue at length. I also single-handedly created an advocacy matrix on senators to be used in preparation for advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill.

I am in the process of applying for a Fulbright ETA in Nepal for the 2018-19 cycle and am working to enroll in a dual degree program leading to a JD and MA in the future. For now, I am just working hard to hone my skills, gain experience, and cement a foundation in a career that elevates everyone to a realization of all people’s inherent human dignity, especially those who are under-served and underrepresented in their communities.

 

“Let us seek to always hold high the ‘tone’ of our life, remembering the goal and glory for which we exist, work, struggle and suffer.” – Pope Francis