children at syrian refugee camp
05/16/2017
I spent the first week and a half of my fellowship in researcher training, where I was warned by colleagues of the occasionally graphic nature of work at Human Rights Watch, and how important self-care would be to a healthy work-life balance. I’ve always been drawn to intense issues—my first...
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05/09/2017
From previous UCDC students and co-workers I heard that there was a snowstorm for over a week in the Winter of 2016. I could not help but get excited to experience my first snowstorm and potential snow days stuck at home. To the dismay of many students, this year’s “winter” passed by, just having...
flags of different countries blowing in the wind
04/28/2017
Note: The views expressed in this blog post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Government. I have spent much of the past several months thinking about the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy. And I am far...
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03/27/2017
With less than a month left until I return home, I have been doing some reflection on my time in D.C. As a student who grew next door in Oakland, and attended Berkeley City College before transferring to UC Berkeley, UCDC has been my only “away-from-home experience”. I was definitely wary of...
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03/16/2017
Foresight. That is what effective policymaking is all about. A lawmaker must foresee as many implications as she can so 10 steps into her legislative journey she will not stumble over the footprint she left with her first step. The same is true of a judge. Yes, judges interpret existing law, but...
julie no in snow in DC
03/07/2017
Being from California my entire life, moving to DC was something I eagerly looked forward to. There were many firsts I would encounter including moving to a city where I did not know anyone. Although I didn’t know what to expect, I have been pleasantly surprised everyday. The month of February has...
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01/27/2017
My time in DC passed like a blink of an eye. It only seemed like yesterday it was August and now the program is about to end in 2 days. I will admit I’m dreading the end not only because all the wonders in DC I have yet to experience but also, I have two final papers due in 48 hours. I guess even...

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