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Audel Shokohzadeh

Alum Works to Strengthen Community-Government Relations in Minnesota

Audel Shokohzadeh is a Master of Public Policy Alumnus ('17) who graduated with a concentration in Economic Development. Audel also has a deep interest in human rights, and took a variety of human rights courses throughout his masters degree. Currently, Audel works as a Community Engagement Director at the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. We caught up with Audel to hear about his role, and how his human rights focus at the Humphrey School helped prepare him for this work.
Two straight lines of flag poles displaying United Nations member state flags extending up a grassy alley to the Palais des Nations

Human Rights Lab Prepares for Geneva Trip

A delegation of University of Minnesota faculty, researchers, students and alumni will be participating in a variety of research and outreach events at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva during the week of March 2-6, 2020. The week culminates with a public discussion by the Human Rights Lab on research ethics in faculty-student-practitioner partnerships. The visit coincides with two important sessions of the Human Rights Council and the Human Rights Committee.
Professor and Project Lead Alejandro Baer at Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Seeking Educational Justice for Indigenous Populations

This project is a Strategic Partnership facilitated through The Human Rights Lab. It examines whether and how public education functions as an arena for reparative justice in societies with a history of foundational violence perpetrated against its Indigenous population. George Dablo, a PhD Student working on the project, recently gave us an update into how the research is moving forward.  
white male in blue shirt stands infront of brick wall

Sociology PhD finds that immigration court system needs structural reform

Christopher Levesque is a graduate student working on the Immigration Court Observation Project, led by Linus Chan (Law) and Dr. Jack DeWaard (Sociology), which received a Human Rights Initiative grant. He is completing his PhD in Sociology with a focus on immigrant and refugee health. We sat down with him to discuss his research and work on the Immigration Court Observation Project.
Center for Victims of Torture

MHR Student Helps Provide New Tools for Activists and Advocates

Tonje Boerresen is second-year MHR student from Norway with a background in law. This summer she interned with the Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul. Working with their New Tactics Team, Tonje helped develop unique resources for advocates and activists within human rights designed to help them work on their own issues from their specific regions. Read Tonje's reflection on this fascinating work and how working with a large nonprofit organization such as CVT will help guide her in her professional career path. 
Raven protesting the US detention of immigrant minors at the Homestead Detention Facility.

On the Frontlines of Change

Raven Ziegler is a second-year Masters of Human Rights Student. This summer she worked as a tactical intern at Amnesty International USA​​​​​​​ in Washington D.C., conducting legislative and policy research on immigration in the United States, and helping to develop and edit several of AI's campaigns, initiatives and reports. Raven shared some of her relections on the experience in the write-up below. 
Ian Allen

Alum Studies Academic Partnerships between Global South & North

Ian Allen is a University of Minnesota Alumni who minored in Human Rights. He also worked at the Human Rights Program. Currently Ian is pursuing a PhD in Comparative and International Development Education and working at the College of Veterinary Medicine on a project called the One Health Workforce (OHW). In this interview, Ian tells us about his PhD track, and discusses how his studies in human rights applies to his current work.