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Rapoport Center Announces Fall 2013 Undergraduate Interns

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Undergraduate Interns (left to right) Jordan Greenberg, Hirrah Barlas, and Kimia Dargahi

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law has named three undergraduate students as interns for the Fall 2013 semester. Hirrah Barlas, Kimia Dargahi, and Jordan Greenberg were selected on the basis of their academic credentials, leadership skills, and dedication to human rights work.

The interns work with Rapoport Center faculty and staff as well as Human Rights Scholars to assist with research and advocacy projects, promote events, participate in interdisciplinary working groups, expand the Center's social media presence, and serve as liaisons to the undergraduate community.

Hirrah Barlas is a sophomore Journalism major pursuing a minor in Spanish and a Bridging Disciplines Certificate in Human Rights & Social Justice. Most recently, she has enjoyed working at Casa Marianella, an immigrant home that serves individuals who have come to the US seeking political asylum. Volunteering there sparked in her an interest in global immigration and international human rights issues, to go along with her continued interest in the cycle of poverty and modern implications of universal rights. Hirrah is an active member of the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, a senior designer at The Daily Texan, and a development assistant at the UT Department of Theatre & Dance.

Kimia Dargahi is a junior in the Liberal Arts Honors program double-majoring in International Relations and Global Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. As an Iranian-American, she hopes to utilize her cultural background to study human rights through a comparative framework. Kimia's interest in human rights arose particularly after spending this past summer in Turkey and Iran, where she researched the treatment of refugees of the Turkish-Syrian and Turkish-Iranian borders. After graduation, Kimia plans to attend law school with a specific focus on customary international law or international humanitarian litigation, and would eventually like to work for the US Department of State.

Jordan Greenberg is a junior Plan II Honors student with additional majors in Middle Eastern Studies and History. An Austin native, Jordan has participated in the Normandy Scholar Program on World War II and studied Holocaust history in Prague, Czech Republic. This past summer, through the Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, she interned for Aswat, a group that supports Palestinian lesbian women in Haifa, Israel. In Austin, Jordan maintains a commitment to community projects related to her interests in feminism and human rights. She has worked with the Girls Empowerment Network of Austin, and is a mentor at the Knowledge Is Power Program charter school in East Austin. Jordan hopes to continue combining her interests for a senior thesis involving representations of Israeli, Palestinian and German political identities.

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law serves as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice.