Interns and Volunteers

Law Students

Arianna Hernandez

Intern
Phone: (850) 644-4550
Fax: (850) 644-4633
Arianna Hernandez is a third-year law student at Florida State University College of Law. Prior to law school, she attended the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sociology and Business Management. She has experience in a myriad of areas, but her interests lie within the realm of international law. She is passionate about public interest work and spends her free time doing pro bono work for the Public Interest Law Center here in Tallahassee. Upon graduation, she hopes to remain in Florida and practice as an attorney in the civil sector.

Undergraduate Students

Laura Medina

Intern
Phone: (850) 644-4550
Fax: (850) 644-4633

Laura Medina is a first-generation student from Havana, Cuba. She is majoring in International Affairs with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Laura has served on the executive board of the Hispanic Latinx Student Union for 2 years. Through this role, she represented and advocated for the Hispanic/Latinx community on campus. After graduating, Laura aspires to pursue an MA in international affairs and to continue her advocacy surrounding global issues. This is her first semester interning with CAHR and she is really grateful for the opportunity and excited to help the Tallahassee community.

Lydia Howald

Intern
Phone: (850) 644-4550
Fax: (850) 644-4633

Lydia is a senior at FSU, pursuing a major in International Affairs with a French minor, as well as a concentration in Political Science. She wants to pursue a career path in humanitarian aid, and hopes to use her experience with the Center to develop her knowledge and abilities to represent vulnerable populations and human rights advocacy. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Lydia plans to spend time with the Peace Corps and continue to serve and learn about developing countries abroad. This is Lydia’s second year volunteering at the Center, and she is more than excited to help make an impact with those in the human rights field, beginning in her local community.

Maria Kantounis

Intern
Phone: (850) 644-4550
Fax: (850) 644-4633

Maria is an undergraduate senior at FSU studying Finance and International Affairs with a concentration in Spanish. She is also a member of Chi Omega Fraternity where she is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, a new position within the organization. She is passionate about human rights and social justice and is working towards specializing in this field after law school.

Alex Cubas

Intern
Phone: (850) 644-4550
Fax: (850) 644-4633

Alex Cubas is currently a Third-year undergraduate student at Florida State University majoring in Political Science and Criminology. He became passionate about civil rights work and immigration law when he began learning of the importance of advocacy work. Growing up, he was always involved in helping his own parents through the immigration process. For Alex, it felt natural to move into and develop a strong interest in immigration law. His growing interest in the history of civil rights and advocacy movements have allowed him to grow a passion for finding a way to implement what can be learned from history to modern issues. Now, Alex is currently working on attending law school and then being able to work for either a Think Tank or a non-profit organization with the goal of helping move the needle of social justice.

Jacquelyn Denenholtz

Intern
Phone: (850) 644-4550
Fax: (850) 644-4633

Jackie graduated from Florida State with a bachelor’s of science degree in both psychology and criminology in April 2021. She is now a master’s student in the college of criminology at FSU and plans to graduate this summer. She wants to be involved in victim advocacy work once graduating, with a specific focus in advocating for human rights. She is considering attending law school in the future to pursue either family or human rights law.

Rosio Briones

Intern
Phone: (850) 644-4550
Fax: (850) 644-4633

Rosio (Row-c-o), but she also goes by Abby, is currently a junior at FSU and studying international affairs with a minor in social work. She would like to go into the field of law, particularly child advocacy law after she graduates. She has a strong passion for wanting to help those who are victims of injustice and don’t have ability to fight on their own against injustices happening to them or their community. She is really excited to be a part of this organization and helping alongside people passionate to help others in need.

Ainsley Hay

Intern
Phone: (850) 644-4550
Fax: (850) 644-4633

Ainsley is a senior at Chiles High school. She is a board member for a nonprofit organization that raises money for Shands Children’s Hospital and is a competitive dancer at Tallahassee Dance Academy. She is interested in studying psychology and political science. Ainsley has always been passionate about human rights and social justice and is excited about helping people through CAHR!

JiaQi Trescott

Intern
Phone: (850) 644-4550
Fax: (850) 644-4633

Jia Trescott is a second-year undergraduate junior at Florida State University.  She is from Hollywood, Florida majoring in International affairs with a concentration in political science and minoring in Chinese.  As of Freshman year, Jia is a member of Phi Alpha Delta and is in the process of accumulating her Global citizenship certificate. Jia is interested in human rights and plans to work for an IGO or NGO in the future.

Alysea Jackson

Intern
Phone: (850) 644-4550
Fax: (850) 644-4633

Sarah-Jean

Intern
Phone: (850) 644-4550
Fax: (850) 644-4633

Sarah-Jean is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in English and International Affairs with a concentration in Philosophy. She is passionate about human rights work and plans to have a career in international human rights law following graduation and law school, with the goal of doing pro bono work for marginalized individuals and communities. She is a member of the Chi Omega Sorority and is a strong advocate for the empowerment of women and the denouncement of human rights abuses. This is her first year interning with the Center, and the opportunity to work at CAHR is one that she is incredibly grateful and excited for. As the daughter of immigrants, she is proud of the positive impact the Center can have on individuals and families in the local community who are looking to find their place in the United States.