From an early age, Arev was raised with stories of how her family survived the Armenian Genocide. Her upbringing inspired her to pursue peace and justice for the Armenian people by lobbying for legislative initiatives in the halls of the State and National Capitols, coordinating genocide education campaigns across college campuses, and helping to organize the annual March for Justice for the Armenian Genocide in Los Angeles.
During her undergraduate years at UCLA, Arev pushed for the establishment of an International Affairs component in the External Vice President’s Office of the Undergraduate Students Association Council and was appointed its director. Through her involvement in student government, she organized and planned events and awareness campaigns that worked toward coalition building and educating the student body about international human rights violations and global health, as well as providing volunteer opportunities in underserved communities abroad. Based on her interest in global health, Arev also joined a medical brigade mission to Ghana to facilitate access to healthcare in a remote village.After UCLA, Arev pursued a Master’s in Bioethics where she studied about human rights and global public health issues at Columbia University. Arev is excited to continue her work in human rights with the IHRC.
While at USC, Arev has been active with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), the Armenian Law Students Association, and the International Law and Relations Organization. Arev was a judicial extern in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California during her 1L summer
“I have seen and experienced the effects that a genocide, specifically an unrecognized genocide,
can have on a community. This has largely shaped not only who I am as a person, but what I have chosen to involve myself with as well as what I aspire to pursue in the future.”