Interns and Volunteers
Deni is a first generation American whose family emigrated from Bulgaria. She graduated from The Florida State University with a degree in international affairs with a concentration in comparative politics and a minor in Spanish. Deni is currently a law student at The Florida State University College of Law. She is serving as Activities Director for the Women’s Law Symposium, and is a member of the Student Bar Association, Public Interest Law Student Association, and International Law Student Association. She completed the Public Interest Law Clinic where she represented clients before court in the Children’s Advocacy Program. She was introduced to The Center for the Advancement of Human Rights when she did her undergraduate thesis on “Educating Girls Globally to Improve Equality and Human Rights,” where she did research under the guidance of Terry Coonan. Now, she volunteers with The Center to further her knowledge on human rights issues and continue her passion for helping others. In the future, Deni hopes to pursue a career in defending international human rights and continuing pro bono work in children’s advocacy.
Isabella was born in Gurupi, Brasil and moved to the United States about a decade ago. She is a senior studying International Affairs with a concentration in Political Science, and is also obtaining a certificate in Intelligence Studies. Isabella is currently an intern at the Public Defenders Office helping assist investigators to gather intakes on arrests. Once she graduates, Isabella wants to take a year off to volunteer in an NGO overseas before coming back to attend law school or grad school. Isabella says she is very excited to volunteer at CAHR because of her strong interest in the Human Rights sector.
Taylor is a third-year undergraduate student from Orlando, Florida double-majoring in Economics and International Affairs with a minor in Computer Science. She intends to pursue a law degree specializing in human rights and international law. She studied Spanish in Spain this summer with Florida State’s international program and hopes to expand her Spanish-speaking skills by working with the Center.
Valentina Eman is a Fourth Year student at Florida State University. She transferred from Miami in 2017 for her last two years with two majors in International Affairs and Political Science. This past summer 2018, she was studying in Europe in a program that focuses on Human Rights Violations. This experience led her to look for an opportunity to work her first semester at CAHR. Valentina has a passion for human rights and hopes to have a career in the field after she graduates.
Katherine Shapiro is a Third Year Student from Lakeland, Florida, studying History and International Affairs. She came to Florida State in Fall of 2016 and plans to graduate in Spring of 2020. During the fall, Katherine serves as a Tuba player for the World Renowned Florida State Marching Chiefs and is a sister in the Music and Service Sorority of Tau Beta Sigma. She came to work this semester at the Center to reach out to the community and explore the field of human rights law.
Every human has a story to tell—stories that will not only engage, inform, surprise, delight, and impact their audience, but that will also inspire change and provoke action. Cristina Aizpurúa is the conduit between these stories and action. Cristina transferred from the FSU Campus in Panama City, Panama, to study International Affairs in Tallahassee. Passionate about human rights, she proceeded to look for opportunities where she could learn more while helping vulnerable groups of people. This led her to have the opportunity to work at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and in the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. In addition to being a human rights advocate, Cristina writes poetry and opinions for her blog.
Nathalia Cetertick, born in São Paulo, Brazil, is a third-year undergraduate student at Florida State University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and International Affairs. She is an honors student in the University Honors Program and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. Nathalia is a volunteer at the Migrant and Refugee Education Alliance, where she works with refugee students in the local school district to help them improve their ability to communicate in English and advance their academics. She is also involved with the Center for Global Engagement by serving as a Global Ambassador, where she lectures at educational institutions and nonprofit organizations around Tallahassee. This program has allowed her to inform children, teenagers, and adults about a different culture, supplying them with valuable international knowledge and promoting cultural diversity. She is currently an intern at the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and plans on pursuing a Juris Doctor degree upon her graduation.
Rebecca is a junior at Florida State, majoring in exercise physiology and minoring in Spanish. She is passionate about fighting human trafficking and domestic violence. She has been involved with PeaceJam since her freshman year, which is an international education program created by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to work with youth and teach them how to transform themselves, the community they live in, and the world. She is also a member of the Big Bend Coalition against Human Trafficking Student Committee. The committee works to bring FSU, TCC, and FAMU students together for events that raise awareness and educate the community about human trafficking. Since the fall of her freshman year, Rebecca has had the opportunity to work at the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, assisting in creating the Florida Strategic Plan and the FIGHT Project. In the future, she hopes to become a physician and help treat victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.
Leah was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She is pursuing a dual degree at Florida State University in International Affairs and Religion with concentrations in Economics and Spanish with the goal of attending law school. Leah’s most memorable experience with the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights has been interning with an NGO in Ghana in the summer of 2017 on an anti-child labor and trafficking project. When Leah is not at the Center, she enjoys volunteering with the Big Bend Coalition against Human Trafficking, reading, and playing strategy board games with her friends
Taegan is seeking a dual degree in International Affairs, Spanish, and Anthropology and plans to attend graduate school to study the intersections of immigration, memory, and human rights. She currently serves on the boards for Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (AIRR) and Amnesty International at FSU to organize outreach and lobbying for human rights issues. This is her first semester interning at CAHR and she is elated to be working directly with issues relating to immigration and women and family rights.