Interns and Volunteers
Omar is a 3L at the Florida State University College of Law. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Florida in 2014 and traveled to Kuwait to study Arabic on a scholarship award before enrolling in law school in 2015. Since 2015, Omar has served on the executive board of the Students Organize for Syria chapter at FSU, which serves to shed light on the Syrian Civil War and engage students to assist in alleviating the humanitarian crisis both locally and abroad. Omar has worked extensively with many refugees that have been resettled in Florida, providing translation, tutoring, and other services. He currently volunteers at the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, where his work focuses on immigration cases. Omar is of Syrian descent and is fully fluent in Arabic. He enjoys traveling, reading, and playing basketball in his spare time.
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.
Katherine Shapiro is a Second 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.
Mariapia and her family are from Barranquilla, Colombia; they moved when she was about 2 years old to Dallas, Texas, where she lived until the summer of 2015 after her high school graduation when she moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State. She is pursuing a double major in Media/Communication Studies and International Affairs with plans to attend law school. Besides devoting time at the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights where she gets the chance to work toward her passion of female education and empowerment, she is also a member of the Service Scholar Program, the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy Student Leadership Council, and Honors Legal Scholars. In her free time, she enjoys watching political comedy like The Daily Show and films about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reading the news and novels, and exploring new areas where puppies hopefully are.
Isabel grew up in a Spanish-Brazilian household in Miami, FL. She is currently an undergraduate student at Florida State double majoring in Social Work and Political Science. She became passionate about these subjects after spending a lot of time working with migrant families in South Florida. Her goal is to obtain a graduate degree in Social Work and Public Administration so that she can go on to advocate for immigrant and farmworker rights at the policy level. This is her first semester volunteering at the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and she has already learned so much about immigration processes and how non-profits work. Besides volunteering at the Center, Isabel dedicates a lot of her time to the Guatemalan-Maya Center in Lake Worth, FL, which is where she developed her passion for human and farmworker rights.