In May 2017, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a thematic focus in Global Inequality and Development and a regional focus in South Asia and the United States. My main focus was on Nepal and Bhutan. I conducted research on the mass expulsion of ethnically Nepalese Bhutanese citizens, or Lhotshampas, from Bhutanese borders beginning in the 1990s and the resulting emergence and management refugee camps in southeast Nepal. I have also conducted research and published a piece on the potential for conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs to raise secondary school retention rates in Nepalese public schools. My professional interest in the United States centers on racial capitalism and the commodification of labor tied to it in instances of “drug warring” aimed at urban cores.
While interning in the Economic Justice Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Fall 2017, I drafted a press release commemorating the 70th anniversary of the NAACP’s petition, “An Appeal to the World” edited by W.E.B. Du Bois that addressed the denial of human rights to African Americans. This press release was done in partnership with the ACLU, NAACP, and U.S. Human Rights Network in order to raise awareness for the upcoming U.N. review of the U.S. record on ending racism and racial discrimination in the United States via the UN’s International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Read the last review from 2014.
My draft was published by the ACLU, NAACP, and Lawyers’ Committee (with my graphic design for the anniversary highlighted on the LC homepage) respectively on the day of anniversary – October 23, 2017.
While interning in the US Program Division of Human Rights Watch in Spring 2017, 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 have represented the United States at the United Nations twice as well as in Zürich, Switzerland. I have worked to buttress 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 (CRRA), and the International Institute of Erie (IIE). 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 worked as a school-age refugee teacher at IIE in 2014 and on and off until 2016. I have also substitute taught adult cultural orientation classes on personal finance and economic empowerment.
I just recently finished an application 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.