Born in Eritrea and raised in The Netherlands Sarah Asmelash is a multilingual young professional with ambition in the field of civil law and international law. Sarah has travelled frequently to Eritrea whereby she was confronted with poverty and serious human rights issues. This has made her aware of the importance of social justice and fundamental human rights. At the VU Amsterdam University she completed a bachelor in laws and minored in human rights and transnational legal studies. She did research on the positon of undocumented persons and asylum seekers in The Netherlands. In addition Sarah completed an interdisciplinary bachelor in social legal studies whereby she minored in mediation and intercultural communication. She just finished an internship at the Dutch section of the International Commission of Jurists for human rights whereby she focussed on the position of marginalized groups such as student mothers, asylum seekers and ethnic profiling. She conducted research in various human rights issues and organized brainstorm sessions with various professionals and students. At the moment she is completing a master in civil law at the VU Amsterdam University and her ambition is to become a lawyer in civil law and to fight for social justice.
Updated May 2019
More from Sarah Asmelash
Martin Luther King Day 2015
Humanity in Action Senior Fellows Nawal Mustafa and Sarah Asmelash partnered with Humanity in Action Netherlands in 2013 to create an annual event that not only commemorated the legacy of Dr. King, but also encouraged future activism in society’s most challenging issues.
Mass Media: The Construction of Ethnic Stereotypes