Human Rights

Human Rights

Political instability and competition over diminishing resources creates a dangerous environment for the health and welfare of vulnerable populations. Speakers in this area work within the non-profit arena in order to maintain peace, alleviate poverty, educate and advocate.

March 28th

Journalists Covering Human Rights, Migration, and Global Issues

Interested in current events? Enjoy writing? Want to work abroad? Learn how two Pitt alums entered the field of journalism and are coving major news stories.  Jessica Rohan '13, MA, is a multimedia reporter, writer, and researcher for the BBC, The Intercept, Insider Inc., the New Yorker, Wired UK, Outline, Vice, Deutsche Welle, and other outlets.  Eric Reidy'12 is Eric Reidy is an award-winning journalist and the Migration Editor-at-large for The New Humanitarian. He has reported extensively on migration in the Mediterranean as well as on humanitarian aid work and anti-migrant vigilante groups at the US-Mexico border and the effort to document crimes and atrocities in Syria’s civil war.

Careers in Refugee and Immigrant Services

Sara Khalbuss ’15, MPA, is a program coordinator at HAIS working in their Refugee Career Pathways Program. Karenna Oner ‘20 is a caseworker at the International Rescue Committee as served as co-director of PRYSE Academy in the summer of 2021.  

Noorullhaq Fazly is a employment counselor at JFCS. He has worked on international legal issues of human rights and justice, including human and drug trafficking, freedom of speech, women, and children’s rights and counter terrorisms in Afghanistan- State Department.


March 30th

Careers in Diplomacy, Security, and Intelligence 2

Meeting with translator, poet, and experienced Foreign Service Officer Nina Murray. 

Careers in Diplomacy, Security, and Intelligence 1

Meeting with Pitt REEES alumna Megan Tingley and her colleagues at Deloitte. 

2 to 3 PM on Zoom 

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Careers in Human Rights and International Development

Adotei Akwei will discuss his long-standing career at Amnesty and his career trajectory leading him to his Deputy Director, Governmental Relations role.  Adotei is a political analyst, an experienced advocate, and campaigner on civil, political, economic, and social rights.  He has built expertise in US foreign and security policy, implementing a rights-based approach to ending poverty, and possesses extensive field experience in Africa and Asia.  Adotei received his master's degree in International Relations from the College of William and Mary.

Careers in Peacebuilding and Human Rights

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), named the "number one influencer and change agent" among peacebuilding institutions worldwide, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan network of over 150 organizations working in 180 countries to prevent conflict, reduce violence, improve lives, and build sustainable peace.  Five professionals in various specialities will discuss their individual roles and the path that led them to AfP.

Careers in Security, Diplomacy, and Intelligence 3

Meeting with REEES alumna Frances Tish and colleagues. Frances works for World Learning on its Business Development Team. She has previously worked at the American Bar Association, IREX, and American Councils. 

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March 31st

Careers in Health and Social Justice

Zane Kaleem'17 and Jordan Freeman'13 will discuss their work in advocacy and securing health care access to incarcerated men and women. Zane is a current medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine pursuing residency training in psychiatry. As Assistant Director of the Correctional Healthcare Task Force at PfCJR, Zane develops organizational strategy, cultivates collaborations with other advocacy groups, and educates the public about issues in correctional healthcare through means including writing commentary pieces for local and national news media. Jordan currently works as a Program Manager with The Fortune Society, a Non Profit Organization serving individuals who've had contact with the criminal legal system. In her role, she monitors progress toward contracted deliverables, creates performance and quality assurance monitoring tools, conducts analysis and evaluation, and helps to create program workflows for Fortune's health-focused services. She has a Master's in Public Health, and holds special interest in healthcare's role in community re-entry, desistance, and reduced recidivism.

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