Our Experts

The Advocates for Human Rights' experts are available for media interviews and commentary, as well as to provide background to reporters and producers. Please contact Susan Banovetz, director of communications, for assistance. She can be reached via email or 612-746-4669. For more information about each staff member, consult our staff bio page.

Experts

Robin Phillips
Executive Director
email Robin; 612-746-4679

  • Human rights
  • Trafficking of women
  • Employment discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Domestic violence
  • Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Human rights violations in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Nepal, and Mexico

Jennifer Prestholdt
Deputy Director and Director of International Justice Program
email Jennifer; 612-746-4681

  • International justice
  • Diaspora communities
  • Human rights in African countries
  • Diaspora engagement on human rights in countries of origin
  • UN and other human rights mechanisms
  • LGBT rights and anti-LGBT laws in other countries
  • Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council
  • African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • Human rights defenders
  • The Advocates' Nepal school

Amy Bergquist
Staff Attorney, International Justice Program
email Amy; 612-746-4694

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • LGBT rights and anti-LGBT laws in other countries
  • Human rights in Ethiopia
  • UN review of the United States’ human rights record
  • Diaspora engagement on human rights in countries of origin
  • UN human rights mechanisms
  • Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council
  • African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • Human rights defenders

Sarah Brenes
Staff Attorney, Refugee & Immigrant Program
email Sarah; 612-746-4684

  • Asylum
  • Immigration law
  • Refugee issues

Theresa Dykoschak
Staff Attorney, Women’s Human Rights Program
email Theresa; 612-746-4693

  • Legal and international research and fact-finding
  • Violence against women
  • Reforming and implementing laws on violence against women, including domestic violence
  • Training frontline personnel on best responses to violence against women trainings related to monitoring and implementing these laws

Michele Garnett McKenzie
Director of Advocacy
email Michele; 612-746-4685

  • Public policy advocacy
  • Community and coalition engagement around issues
  • Human trafficking, including sex trafficking and Minnesota's Safe Harbor initiatives
  • Immigration reform
  • Immigration policy
  • Building welcoming communities
  • Engaging migrants

Beatríz Menanteau
Staff Attorney, Women’s Human Rights Program
email Beatriz; 612-746-4683

  • Violence against women
  • Domestic violence
  • Trainings on domestic violence and sex trafficking
  • Batterer intervention programs
  • Sex trafficking
  • Effective response to sex trafficking
  • Training law enforcement, judicial authorities, hotel/ motel industry employees, and others about sex trafficking
  • Minnesota's Safe Harbor initiative

Rosalyn Park
Director, Women's Human Rights Program; Director of Research
email Rosalyn; 612-746-4676

  • Women's human rights
  • Violence against women, including domestic violence
  • Legal reform to improve responses to violence against women
  • Human rights monitoring in countries throughout the world
  • Death penalty
  • Mystery drugs used for executions and drug sources
  • Exonoree challenges; exonoree renumeration
  • Solitary confinement

Deepinder Singh Mayell
Director of Refugee & Immigrant Program
email Deepinder; 612-746-4673

  • Immigration and immigration reform; immigration process
  • Refugees and immigrants
  • Asylum
  • Central American refugees
  • Triple trauma paradigm suffered by refugees and others
  • Constitutionality of laws utilized to imprison people in Guantanamo Bay