Zach’s background in press freedom advocacy, journalism, and international relations has motivated him to join the IHRC. As an undergraduate student at Northwestern University’s branch campus in Doha, Qatar, Zach dedicated much of his reporting to covering the plight of Qatar’s low-wage migrant workers, who often face abuse at the hands of their employers. He has also spent time in Jordan, where he reported on the experience of Syrian refugee family, and India, where he reported on the disproportionate effects climate change on the country’s poorest citizens.

As a graduate student and Fulbright scholar at National Chenchi University in Taiwan, Zach completed a master’s degree in international relations. He wrote a thesis on how Taiwanese citizens, through human rights organizations, are able to influence intergovernmental organizations from which Taiwan is excluded. In Taiwan, Zach also interned at Reporters Without Borders, a French NGO that advocates for press freedom around the world. As a student attorney with the IHRC, Zach hopes to take the lessons he learns and apply them to a career dedicated to strengthening mechanisms for accountability, justice, and
transparency.

At USC Gould, Zach is involved in the Honors Scholars Program and the Public Interest Scholars Program. During his 1L summer, Zach interned at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento. This year, Zach looks forward to serving on the executive boards for

the Public Interest Law Foundation, International Refugee Assistance Project, and Chinese Law Student and Alumni Association.

“I would like to take part in the International Human Rights Clinic because I believe in the importance of giving a voice to the voiceless and holding accountable those who perpetrate atrocities.”