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Rapoport Center Announces Fall 2012 Undergraduate Interns


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Undergraduate Interns (left to right) Cristina Flores, Sonya Chung, and Seve Kale

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law has named three undergraduate students as interns for the Fall 2012 semester. Sonya Chung, Cristina Flores, and Seve Kale were selected on the basis of their academic credentials, leadership skills, and dedication to human rights work.

The interns work with Rapoport Center faculty as well as Human Rights Scholars to assist with research and advocacy projects, promote Rapoport Center events, participate in interdisciplinary Working Groups, expand the Center's social media presence, and serve as liaisons to the undergraduate community.

Sonya Chung is a senior in Plan II and Government, with a Bridging Disciplines Program certificate in Human Rights and Social Justice. Originally from Dallas, her passion in the human rights field began after she travelled to underdeveloped areas of Mexico and Cambodia, where she saw the struggles of people there firsthand. Before her internship with the Rapoport Center, Sonya worked with Free the North Korean Gulag, a human rights organization in South Korea. She plans to write her honors senior thesis on the situation in North Korea and how the secularization and politicization of human rights affects the application of human rights principles. After graduating, Sonya plans to attend law school to study international human rights law and ultimately hopes to return to Korea to serve as a resource for justice there.

Cristina Flores is a senior pursuing a B.A. in Sociology Honors with minors in Spanish and Government, and certificates in both the Business Foundations Program and the Bridging Disciplines Program in Human Rights and Social Justice. This past summer, she researched the effects that self versus imposed race identification has on implementing Health Public Policies for the black population while interning for Criola, an NGO in Rio de Janeiro. Born and raised in a Texas border city, Cristina is doing her honors thesis on a comparative analysis of the media representation of violence across the Mexico-US Border, which she is finishing this semester. Cristina is also an intern with the Office of Directors at LLILAS. Next semester she will be participating in the Archer Fellowship Program where she hopes to intern at the Center for International Policy as a Latin American Rights and Security Research Fellow.

Seve Kale is a senior majoring in Government, Humanities, and Spanish. She is currently writing an honors thesis on the relationship of drug trafficking in Mexico to popular religion and folklore. Growing up in San Antonio, Seve was continually exposed to issues of human rights and social justice and particularly immigrants' rights. Her interest grew while studying abroad in Chile, where she witnessed the lasting impact a repressive dictatorship and human rights violations had on Chilean society. In addition to the Rapoport Center, Seve has interned with LLILAS as a research assistant studying migration flow to and from Mexico. Seve will graduate in May and hopes to go to law school.

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law serves as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice.