Steph’s interest in joining the IHRC stems from her experiences learning about international studies and delving into issues such as anti-human trafficking and refugees’ rights. As an undergraduate at California State University, Long Beach, Steph’s coursework focused on international development and the politics of the developing world. She was interested in learning about humanitarian efforts to rebuild countries affected by atrocities, however, more generally, Steph became deeply concerned and interested in focusing on the challenges women face internationally, and especially in the developing world.

During college, Steph interned with the Long Beach Superior Courthouse where she learned about anti-human trafficking efforts taking place domestically. She also gained experience honing her advocacy skills by lobbying legislators on behalf of students and working with elected officials. With her passion for human rights, Steph looks forward to applying her skills and gaining hands-on experience with the IHRC.

Steph is a Public Interest Scholar at USC Gould. She has been active with the International Refugee Assistance Project as a 1L representative, Court Monitor, and volunteer for a Naturalization Clinic. This year, she will also be serving as Co-President for the Women’s Law Association. During her 1L summer, Steph worked at the Department of Justice in their Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.  

“I am driven by the need for perpetrators to be held accountable and [to] bring justice to the survivors.”