Sarah Ackermann (Robinson)

Regional Office Europe, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Brussels, Belgium

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United-states United States 2016


Sarah finished her undergraduate studies in Political Science and Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture / "Hispanic Studies" in 2015. She received her Master of Arts in International Relations (International Law and International Politics with a focus on human rights, women's rights, and transitional justice) in 2018. Her M.A. thesis was on the "Contributions of Women's (Rights) Organzations to Truth Commissions" and included case studies on South Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, and Guatemala. Sarah furthermore has a complementary diploma in Regional Studies Latin America with a focus on Brazil. She studied at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), California State University East Bay (USA), Technical University Dresden (Germany), and Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). Sarah is currently a Carlo Schmid Fellow at the Regional Office Europe of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Brussels, Belgium. Her focus there is on migration and particulary on vulnerable groups of migrants (undocumented persons/persons with an irregular status, women, children, LGBTI+, persons with disabilities, older migrants, and minorities). Sarah helped in building up a support network for refugees who want to start or continue to get a higher education degree in Germany in 2015/2016. During her studies, she also engaged in empowerment projects for migrants and students from non academic backgrounds/first generation students at university. Her HIA Action Project focused on mapping local initiatives for Black women and women of color in Germany to facilitate access and increase cooperation. Sarah was also involved in organizing a lecture series on women's rights that was awarded a prize on gender-sensitive teaching at Technical University Dresden, Germany.

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