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Sorensen Center Launches New Fellowship Program: Six CUNY Law Students Selected for Inaugural Class

May 28, 2015

New York – The Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at the City University of New York School of Law has named six students in the inaugural class of Sorensen Center Fellows. The Fellowships aim to equip students with international experience and expertise to become leaders in the field.

Shoshana Brown will spend her Sorensen Fellowship tenure with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) in Phnom Penh, which were established to bring justice to the people of Cambodia for the shocking war crimes that took place in the 1970s. As an intern in the Civil Party Section, Shoshana will assist with special projects and witness preparation. Before coming to CUNY Law, Shoshana worked at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Caribbean Women’s Health Association. She holds a B.A. from the University of Miami and a Masters in Public Health from New York University.

navid-khazaneiNavid Khazanei will spend his Sorensen Fellowship tenure with Immigration Equality, providing direct legal services to LGBT/HIV+ immigrants and working for administrative and legislative changes in U.S. immigration law. Navid, a first-generation immigrant from Iran, has been a volunteer for Salaam Canada, an organization that provides support to LGBTQ Muslims. Prior to CUNY Law School, he worked as a Production Assistant for HBO/Vice Media, editing, translating, and researching content from Middle Eastern sources. Navid received his B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University.

katy-naples-mitchell Katy Naples-Mitchell will spend her Sorensen Fellowship tenure at Human Rights First on the new Pillar Project, which aims to foster U.S. compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law. Katy has previously served as an intern at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Polaris Project, and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. Prior to coming to CUNY Law School, she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA at New Haven Reads, a literacy non-profit organization. She received her B.A. in Political Science at Yale University, with an interdisciplinary concentration in human rights.

nora-hirozawa Nora Hirozawa will spend her Sorensen Fellowship tenure at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona, focusing on immigration defense for adult detainees with criminal convictions. Before coming to CUNY Law, Nora served as a Civil Legal Advocate at The Bronx Defenders, representing indigent clients in public benefits fair hearings, civil forfeiture proceedings, and the correction of criminal record errors. She has also researched immigrant detention conditions at Human Rights Watch. She received a B.A. from Middlebury College.

megan-lynch Megan Lynch will spend her Sorensen Fellowship tenure with Women’s Link Worldwide in Bogotá, Colombia, working on sexual and reproductive rights, international gender crimes, and rights of female immigrants. Prior to coming to CUNY Law, Megan served as an International Fellow in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for Peace Players International and as an AmeriCorps Volunteer at Unity House in New York. As a member of CUNY Law’s Mississippi Project, she provided support for a legal center on matters of civil rights, housing, and employment protection. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross.

guillermin-passa-quevedo Guillermina Passa-Quevedo will spend her Sorensen Fellowship tenure in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (Civil Association for Equality and Justice), a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to the defense of the most disadvantaged. A second-year student, Guillermina, has completed the Domestic Violence Clinical Program at the New York Legal Assistance Group, providing immigration and family law representation. She serves as President of the Latin American Law Students Association at CUNY Law School. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Florida International University.

The Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice, named after Theodore C. Sorensen, was founded at CUNY School of Law in 2014.

The Sorensen Center trains social justice lawyers to work from the local to the global levels, protecting rights of those affected by instability, conflict, and repression; and advances scholarship, intellectual exchange, and advocacy for international peace and justice. The Sorensen Center Fellowships, established in 2015, were made possible by the Haywood Burns Fund, the Bernstein Fellowship Fund, and other generous gifts to the Sorensen Center.

CUNY School of Law is one of the nation’s premier public interest law schools. Its mission is to graduate outstanding public interest attorneys and to enhance the diversity of the legal profession.

For more information: Camille Massey, Founding Executive Director, Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice,, 718-340-4172.


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