Victor Pineda

Victor Pineda is Senior Research Fellow and visiting scholar at the Haas Institute of the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise lies in the areas of disability rights, urban planning and human rights.

Pineda is the President of World Enabled, a non-profit organization that promotes the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) innovative research grant, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Tom Clausen Fellowship for Business and Policy, and the Paul G. Hearne Award.

He is also Adjunct Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Areas of Expertise: Disability rights, urban planning, human rights

Location: Berkeley, California

Contact Info:

     Email: victor@worldenabled.org

     Phone: (310) 467-4556

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Daniel Abebe

Daniel Abebe is the Vice Provost and a Professor of Law at The University of Chicago School of Law. He is an expert on constitutional law, foreign affairs, human rights law, international institutions, and the way political and social institutions interact.

Abebe’s research has been published in the University of Chicago Law Review, the Supreme Court Review, and the Virginia Journal of International Law. 

His current research projects include examining the President’s authority to withdraw the US from a treaty; evaluating ethnic federalism as a form of constitutional design; and considering the impact of dejudicialization in international politics.

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Areas of Expertise: Constitutional law, foreign affairs, human rights law, international institutions

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Contact Info:

       Email:  dabebe@uchicago.edu

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Yasmeen Hassan

Yasmeen Hassan is the global executive director of Equality Now, an NGO dedicated to protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls around the world. She has served the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, where she worked on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women.

Hassan attended Harvard Law School. She clerked on the D.C. Court of Appeals from 1994 to 1995, served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Advisory Board on Child Marriage, and has been featured on various outlets including CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Global Executive Director of Equality Now

Location: New York, NY

Areas of Expertise: Women’s Rights, Law, Islamic Law, Political Science

Contact Information:

E-mail: Contact Tara Carey, Media Relations Manager tcarey@equalitynow.org
Phone: (212) 586-0905 x25
Twitter: @YasmeenHassan7

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca is a professor in the practice of international relations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

She served for over a decade at the U.S. State Department before working in democracy and human rights NGOs and academia. She has chaired two NGO boards focused on human trafficking and religious freedom.

Additionally, Bibbins Sedaca has led local governance programs in Ecuador, managed aid programs for displaced citizens in Kosovo and advised the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs.

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Areas of expertise: democracy, human rights, international affairs

Location: Washington D.C.

Contact Information: 

Email: nb44@georgetown.edu

Phone: (703) 772-1937 (cell)

(202)-687-8417 (landline)

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Jenny S. Martinez

Jenny S. Martinez teaches international law, international human rights law, constitutional law, and civil procedure at Stanford Law School. She is an expert on international courts and tribunals, international human rights, national security, constitutional law, and the laws of war. Her research focuses on the role of courts and tribunals in advancing and protecting human rights, ranging from her work on the all-but-forgotten 19th-century international tribunals involved in the suppression of the trans-Atlantic slave trade through her work on contemporary institutions like the International Criminal Court and the role of courts in policing human rights abuses in connection with anti-terrorism policies.

Martinez has written extensively on national security law and the constitutional separation of powers. She is the author of The Slave Trade and the Origins of International Human Rights Law and numerous articles in leading academic journals. Her op-eds have been published in The New York Times and Washington Post, and she has been an expert commentator for both print and broadcast media.

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Associate Dean for Curriculum, Professor of Law, Warren Christopher Professor in the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy at Stanford Law School

Areas of Expertise: Civil Procedure and Litigation, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights, International Law

Location: Stanford, CA

Contact Info:

Email: jmartinez@law.stanford.edu
Phone: 650-725-2749

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Patricia Williams

Patricia Williams is the James L. Dohr professor of law at Columbia University, where she teaches in the areas of contract law, bioethics (particularly issues involving property in bodies and body parts), and civil and human rights (including issues of race, gender, disability and mental health). In 2000 she received a MacArthur Fellowship for her work in law and social justice.

Williams began her law career as a consumer advocate and freelance journalist; she continues to write a monthly column, “Diary of a Mad Law Professor,” for The Nation magazine (and blogs at madlawprofessor.wordpress.com), is a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper. She is the author of several books, including “The Alchemy of Race and Rights,” “The Rooster’s Egg” and “Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race.”

Williams has appeared on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and NPR’s Tell Me More.


James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Contract Law, Bioethics, Civil and Human Rights (Race, Gender, Disability and Mental Health), Social Justice

Location: Boston, MA and New York City, NY (France and Seattle, WA, during academic breaks)

Contact Information:
Email:
madlawprofessor@aol.com
Phone: (617) 524-3192

You can also contact Williams’ assistant, Nersa Miller
Phone: (212) 854-8385

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Gabriela Rivera

Gabriela Rivera is the Yale Public Interest Fellow with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. As an attorney with the ACLU her work focuses on addressing due process violations in immigration detention, discriminatory policing practices, and abuses of local police partnerships with federal immigration enforcement authorities.

Gabriela is one of the lead attorneys on a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles in June 2013, challenging the methods of coercion and pressure that Border Patrol and ICE agents employ to convince Mexican nationals to sign their own expulsion orders.

Prior to the ACLU she worked with the Federal Defenders, the Yale Law School Reentry Clinic and the Criminal Defense Project, where she focused on mitigating collateral consequences and immigration consequences of criminal convictions.


Legal Fellow/Staff Attorney at ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Areas of Expertise: Constitutional and Administrative Law, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Police Practices, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Immigration Law, International Human Rights Law

Location: San Diego, CA

Contact Information:
Email:
 Grivera@aclusandiego.org
Phone: (619) 398-4495

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Miriam Yeung

Miriam Yeung is the former executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), “an organization dedicated to issues of social justice and human rights for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls in the U.S.” NAPAWF provided funding and outreach to the National Asian American Survey (led by one of our other sources, Karthick Ramakrishnan). You can see some of Yeung’s presentations here.

Previously, Yeung was the director of public policy and government relations at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (the Center) in New York City. She also worked for the Center’s Youth Enrichment Services Program for seven years on the Safe Schools Campaign.

In 2012, she was honored by the National Council for Research on Women as one of the “30 Leaders Changing the Way the World Looks at Women.” She has also co-produced a documentary about LGBT youth in New York City called “I Look Up to the Sky Now.”

Former Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

Areas of Expertise: Asian and Pacific Islanders, Women, Immigrants Rights, LGBT Issues, Domestic and Workplace Violence, Human Rights and Security, Trafficking and Prostitution, Discrimination, Employment and Unemployment, Immigration and Migration

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: myeung@napawf.org

Office: (202) 470-3170 x30

Mobile: (917) 306-4404

Twitter: @miriamyeung

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Tom Wong

Tom K. Wong is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and a lecturer in the department of political science at UC Riverside. Wong has also contributed to the National Asian American Survey (led by Karthick Ramakrishnan.)

Wong is the founder of the Dream Project, “a non-profit oral history project led by current and former undocumented youths and allies.” According to his CV, he is working on a book called “Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of Immigration Control.”

Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego

Areas of Expertise: Comparative Politics, Immigration, Immigration Politics and Policy, Human Rights, Citizenship

Location: San Diego, CA

Contact Info:

Phone: (951) 907-9989

Email: tomkwong@ucsd.edu

Twitter: @twong002

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