Meet the 2014 Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellows

December 13, 2013

Humanity in Action is proud to introduce the 2014 Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellows. 

Each year, Humanity in Action and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice bring together a small group of outstanding students and young professionals from around the world for four-month professional fellowships at the United States Congress. The Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellows also participate in a weekly seminar series to learn about American political, social, legal, economic, educational, religious, cultural, and human rights issues. The program is now in its eleventh year.

Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellows are alumni of Humanity in Action’s fellowship programs for the study of human and minority rights or are students at Hungarian and Israeli universities. Participants are selected through a highly competitive application process. Participants from past years are now leading civil servants in many European governments.  In recent years, former Lantos Fellows were elected to the European Parliament and both the Copenhagen and Amsterdam City Council.

The Lantos- Humanity in Action Congressional Fellowship is a partnership of Humanity in Action and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. The 2014 program runs from January 14 through May 26.  To learn more, please visit www.humanityinaction.org/lantos. 

Meet the 2014 Fellows

Corinne Cath (The Netherlands) graduated in 2012 from Utrecht University and holds an MA in International Relations. She has done fieldwork in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Rio de Janeiro focusing on public policy, human rights and technology. After graduating, she spent 18 months working as an Internet and media anthropologist for several press freedom and digital rights NGOs, as well as a policy adviser in the field of IT and human rights for local and international political institutions. She is an avid reader, runner, samba percussionist, martial arts practitioner and collector of second-hand bicycles.

Omry Cohen (Israel) grew up in Haifa, Israel. For the last decade, he has volunteered at CISV youth organization, a global organization dedicated to peace education through building inter-cultural friendship, cooperation and understanding. Omry recently completed an undergraduate degree in statistics and political science at University of Haifa while working at Intel’s corporate affairs group, specializing in public relations, academic programs, community relations and educational programs. Some of his hobbies include basketball, travelling and camping.

Anna Csilla Daroczi (Hungary) was born and educated in Budapest, Hungary. She obtained her BA in Social Education, and she recently finished her MA in Gender Studies at Central European University, Budapest. She is a former student of the Roma Access Programs at the same university. She wrote her MA thesis on feminist theory and critical policy approaches to negative depictions of Hungarian Roma in EU and Hungarian political discourses, with a particular focus on the health of Romani women. She participated in several conferences and workshops on women and minorities issues. Her main interest areas are concepts of citizenship, minority identity constructions and gender equality.

Anne Katrine Ebbesen (Denmark) grew up in Sydney, Australia and moved to Denmark when she was 14. Anne received her bachelor's degree in rhetoric from the University of Copenhagen in 2011, focusing on minority studies and cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution. Anne was selected as a Danish representative in a workshop held in Lebanon focusing on conflict resolution and peace building through dialogue, with participants from 13 countries. She is now often involved in local dialogue initiatives in Copenhagen municipality. Last year, Anne was hired as an intern at Humanity In Action Denmark, primarily organizing events and debates and developing and expanding Humanity in Action Denmark's communication strategy. Anne is currently working on her Master's degree in rhetoric, focusing on the relationship among human rights lobbying, national interests and foreign policy rhetoric. Some of her extracurricular activities include debate society at the University of Copenhagen and being an active board member and treasurer of the Danish Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Association. She is also working as a project coordinator in the youth department of a Christian humanitarian organization.

Ryan Gayman (USA) grew up in rural south-central Pennsylvania before enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in Anthropology and Urban Studies. Throughout his undergraduate education, Ryan explored the intersection between service and learning. From investigating the conflict between Somali Bantu and African American youth in Pittsburgh Public Schools to learning about the intersection between women’s rights and access to clean water through ethnography in rural Tanzania, he sought to understand the lived experiences of inequality. Through this engagement, he discovered the role of policy in forming foundational structures that either promote or stifle diversity, equality, and human rights. Upon graduating in 2012, he was hired to help re-shape the University of Pittsburgh Honors College. He created their Office of Academic Community Engagement, through which he worked to develop a social consciousness within individual students and within the structure of the University. He has advised hundreds of students across a variety of disciplines on ways to apply their knowledge and academic skills to the community; he also created core programs such as the Community Based Research Fellowship, Service Learning Course Development Grant Program for Faculty, and Community Scholars Program. These experiences have deepened his commitment to re-shaping our institutions—whether academic or political—to be active epicenters for promoting equality and human dignity.

Dominik Koehler (Germany) is currently enrolled in the political science masters program at the University of Potsdam. His research focuses on international relations, migration, racism, human rights and post-colonial theory. He obtained his bachelor's degree in political science/administration and sociology. During his studies, he spent a semester in Madrid, as well as three months in New York for an internship at the United Nations Department for Public Information. Since September 2012, Dominik is working as research assistant at the Mediendienst Integration, a unique service provider for journalists working in the field of migration. Before Dominik began his studies, he spent a year in Ecuador working in a school and a daycare center. Since then, he has worked as a volunteer coach for seminars that prepare young Germans for a study abroad experience. He is also part of a peer-to-peer education project, which offers workshops for students in the field of globalization.

Bérénice Lasfargues (France) grew up in Paris, France and is of Franco-Cameroonian descent. She is currently finishing her dual Master's degree in Environmental Management and Engineering at the National University of Singapore and Ecole Centrale Paris. Previously, she worked as an intern for a French environmental consultancy to assess the socio-economic impacts of a carbon sink project in rural Cameroon, where she carried out a project with a local federation of women aimed at empowering and educating women on environmental and health concerns. She also spent time in Colombia, working on the feasibility of the implementation of climate plans for cities. She presently is an intern at the Vale Columbia Centre for Sustainable Development Investment in New York, where she works as research assistant on forward linkages in the economy. She also took part in the Student Union’s Committee of her university in France, where she was elected and served as Vice-President. Last year, she attended the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20 on behalf of the NGO Youth Diplomacy. This experience, among others, has deepened her commitment to pro-active citizenship as a means of sustaining democracy. Berenice is an absolute foodie, an occasional runner trying to complete her first half-marathon and an avid listener of jazz music and NPR podcasts.

Diána Karolin Páti (Hungary) grew up in Hungary and attended the University of Gyor. She finished her Master’s degree in European and International Administration with distinction in 2013. Some of her extracurricular activities include volunteering for an international NGO, Erasmus Student Network (ESN), providing assistance for incoming and outgoing exchange students. While she led the local exchange student community, she actively participated in the work of the Foreign Affairs Committee of her university, where she contributed to organize the National Conference of Diplomacy Students. She has participated in several internships both at national and international levels, such as working for the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Hungary in the International Organisations and Human Rights Department. This experience deepened her commitment to civil rights and diplomacy. Through an Erasmus scholarship of the European Union, she studied for a semester in Brussels and was able to spend four months in the Netherlands researching microfinance institutions. Upon completing her studies, she was selected for a traineeship in the European Commission. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, watching political series and reading about social issues and entrepreneurship.

Fatah Sadaoui (France) grew up in Epinay-sur-Seine, a city in the northern suburb of Paris, France. He recently graduated with a Master’s in Urban Governance and Planning he completed in both France (Université Paris 8) and the United States (CUNY Hunter College). Fatah’s scholarship has focused on the intersection of urban governance, social justice and arts. His interest in democratically responsive representation has motivated his involvement in campaigns led by the Chinese Staff & Workers’ Association (anti-displacement and anti-sweatshop campaigns in New York City) and Collectif Contre le Contrôle au Faciès (nationwide anti-racial profiling campaign in France). His grassroots experiences and academic work have focused on people’s responses to the government. Now, through the Lantos Congressional Fellowship, he looks forward to learning about the government’s responses to the people.

Marijn Speth (The Netherlands) completed his Master’s Degree in the History of Political Thought in 2010 at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He has continued to research and publish on the means of fighting poverty as an Academy Assistant of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He then completed a research Master’s Degree in Political History in 2012, with a focus on the history and theory of state and nation building in Europe after 1750. Last year, he co-founded his own organization, Linking Europe, and organized a youth exchange program between the Netherlands, Serbia and Kosovo on the topics of European integration and dealing with the past. Other engagements in 2013 include an internship with Human Rights Watch in Amsterdam.

About the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice was founded to further the work of Congressman Tom Lantos, distinguished Chair of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Co-Founder of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and the only survivor of the Holocaust to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Chairman Lantos worked tirelessly to advance the role of human rights and justice in American foreign policy. For more information, please visit www.lantosfoundation.org. 

For media inquiries and information about congressional placements, please contact Philip Ugelow at (212) 828-6874 or p.ugelow@humanityinaction.org.  For programmatic inquiries, please contact Inez van der Horst at i.vanderhorst@humanityinaction.org.

 

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