Amy Bergquist coordinates advocacy at the UN and with regional human rights bodies. Focus areas include LGBTI rights, discrimination based on sexual orientation/gender identity, rights of minorities and non-citizens, and the death penalty. She collaborates with diaspora communities seeking to be more effective advocates for human rights in their countries of origin. She coordinates pro bono legal assistance to support non-governmental organizations based in Africa working on human rights and rule of law issues. Read more.
You may contact Amy by email or by telephone at 612-746-4694.
A Lutheran Volunteer Corps member working for The Advocates for Human Rights, Rachel Birkedal is a Refugee and Immigrant Program assistant. She also oversees the client intake process. She graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She completed a year of service in central Mexico, where she served as an assistant to Sarar-Transformación, a reference and support center that creates more holistic water and sanitation systems. She also served as interim director of Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors), a program working with recent Latino immigrants to the United States.
Whitney Drake received a J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law. She recently completed a year-long clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She speaks Spanish and is admitted to practice law in Texas. Her fellowship is generously sponsored by Julius Glickman and the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Read more.
You may contact Whitney by email or by telephone at 612-746-4698.
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