Amir Masliyah is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department. He is currently posted to the Consular Section at Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador. After his internship at the IPJ, Amir worked as an Economic Analyst at the San Diego Association of Governments where he helped publish a report related to transportation and binational border issues along the U.S.-Mexico border. He then served as the Director of Operations at ACCION Southern California, a non-profit organization that provides credit and training to groups who have historically faced barriers to obtaining business financing, such as women and minorities. Amir holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and a minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chelsea Hanson, after her internship at the IPJ, spent a semester of study in Prague, and then another semester in Kenya. Chelsea interned during Summer 2003 for the Central Asia Institute (www.ikat.org), a grassroots organization, located in Bozeman, MT., which builds schools in northern Pakistan and the rural mountain regions of Central Asia. Central Asia Institute is the only organization in the area permitted to build secular schools for Muslim children and one of its goals is to increase female enrollment in the schools. Chelsea anticipates graduating from Connecticut College in Spring 2004.
Jael Jordan is pursuing a J.D. and an M.A. in International Relations at the USD School of Law and anticipates graduation in May 2004. During summer 2003 she studied Comparative Criminal Justice and International Human Rights in Dublin, Ireland, and then Russian Law and East-West Trade Law in Russia. She is fluent in Spanish and also can speak some French. As an officer in the Black Law Students Association at USD, she is closely affiliated with the undergrad's Black Student Union. Jael received a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science, with a minor in Spanish from Whittier College. In addition she studied in Salamanca Spain for five months in 2000 at the University of Salamanca, and interned with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland during the summer of 2000. Her focus is currently International Law and she plans to take the Foreign Service exam next spring. She looks forward to a career in either diplomacy, or work in an NGO (most likely the UN) or an NGO that focuses on human rights or sustainable development. In addition she is also pursuing a gospel-singing career.
Mark Cottrell graduated from the USD School of Law in May 2002 near the top of his class and was honored at graduation with the Justice Brown Award, recognition for a student with the greatest increase in academic achievement fro the first to third year of study. After graduation he passed the California Bar Exam and began working for the U.S. Department of Justice. Mark had been recruited through the Attorney General's Honor Program and was assigned to the Executive Office for Immigration review. Since October 2002 he has been splitting his time between Las Vegas, NV and Phoenix, AZ, assisting five Immigration Judges and hearing cases at those sites. Mark was one of five law clerks selected for a second year assignment and will be assigned to San Diego, CA in October 2003.
Beth Rogers-Witte graduated from the University of San Diego in 2002 and relocated to the Washington, D.C. area shortly after graduation. After spending several months in 2005 with a relief organization in Aceh, Indonesia, she decided to pursue a Master's degree in Global Health and a Master's Degree in International Development Studies at the George Washington University. Currently she is taking a one-year leave of absence from school to work in southern Sudan for the international NGO, Mercy Corps, after completing a summer internship in Sudan with the same organization in 2006. In Sudan, she manages a regional office in a village along the border of north and south Sudan for a USAID-funded civil society program called LINCS – Localizing Institutional Capacity in Sudan. She will return to graduate studies in D.C. in September 2007.