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The 2014-2015 Academic Year Fellowship has been awarded to
Pamela Lachman. The Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is thrilled with the diverse background and enthusiasm that Pamela will bring to her fellowship during this academic year.
The PCJ fellows are working collaboratively on activities that include:
Additionally, meet the PCJ Student Interns, view their profiles, and learn more about the work they are doing.
A message from PCJ Executive Director, Christine Cole: "The PCJ support of summer interns is one of the most important and valuable investments we make. Three or more students do, often ground-breaking, work for government or non-profit agencies working in the safety and justice sector. The investment allows students to practice classroom learning in a real setting, as well as expand their professional experience and network. The host agency gets a top quality summer intern at no cost and often cements a longer term relationship. Many summer intern hosts have become Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) clients, and others have hired students after they are graduated. We are thrilled to be able to foster the connections and invest in both our student and practitioner partners. Congratulations to each of the hosts and to each of the students who were selected in a competitive process."
Congratulations to Pamela Lachman who has been awarded the 2014-2015 Academic Year Fellowship from the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School.
Check back in August when we'll be posting more about our newest AY Fellow.
Learn more about the PCJ Fellowship program
The Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) provides funding to support students working in summer internships that relate to criminal justice policy and management. Applications are accepted from students across Harvard University, with preference given to Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students. PCJ Student Interns receive funding to defray living costs during their full-time, 10-week summer internships. Recipients of funding from the Program in 2014 are:
The 2014 PCJ Summer Interns are Ryan Cohen, Robert Fuentes, Isaac Lara, MaryRose Mazzola, and Reetu Mody. We invited you to learn more about these students and their internships below:
Ryan is a joint degree candidate for a Masters in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and a Juris Doctorate (JD) at Harvard Law School (HLS). This summer she is working with the White House Domestic Policy Council to curb the school-to-prison pipeline and support the Attorney General’s “Smart on Crime” initiative, which seeks to ensure the fair enforcement of federal laws and to reduce recidivism by preparing inmates for
Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan Cohen spent the past several years working with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to improve access to high quality education in Los Angeles. Previously she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow at the Taproot Foundation, where she helped to design more impactful services that Taproot could provide to mobilize professionals in support of social impact organizations. During that time Ryan engaged in social justice campaigns in the San Francisco Bay Area through Bend the Arc’s Jeremiah Fellowship. Ryan is a UC Berkeley graduate and a member of Echoing Green’s Social Investment Council.
Robert is pursuing a Master in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as well as a Juris Doctorate (JD) at Yale Law School. His interests include immigration, human rights, poverty alleviation, and criminal justice. This summer he is working at the Executive Office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris, supporting the Special Assistant Attorney General for criminal law on a number of policy initiatives, including a program to reduce recidivism and a project to combat transnational organized crime.
Prior to HKS Robert interned at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and at the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights in Mexico City; before attending law school he served as a legislative staffer in the Washington office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Political Science from Stanford University.
Issac is currently a Master of Public Administration (MPA) candidate at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and a Juris Doctorate (JD) candidate at Columbia Law School. This summer Isaac is interning with the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), which provides alternative sentencing guidelines for nonviolent offenses in order to efficiently prevent criminal behavior and restore trust in the criminal justice system. His responsibilities include identifying methods to improve public perceptions of the criminal justice system in order to reduce recidivism; assessing and implementing changes to the physical environment in order to deter violence; and conducting a stakeholder analysis of homelessness among convicted felons. Isaac chose this position because he is fascinated by how nongovernmental organizations like the CCI are reinventing local governance.
See Isaac's blog post, Crime Square: How Advances in Criminal Justice Policy Can Improve Public Safety in New York City (Kennedy School Review)
MaryRose is a Master in Public Policy (MPP) candidate at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), concentrating in social and urban policy. This summer she is evaluating and making policy recommendations on domestic violence services for the City of Edinburgh Council, working under the supervision of the Domestic Abuse Lead Officer for Edinburgh’s Public Protection Partnership; this partnership coordinates domestic violence services between the Council and the spheres of health, law enforcement, the judiciary and the volunteer sector in Edinburgh. MaryRose will serve as a neutral assessor and will provide evaluation and policy recommendations in a report to the Council at the end of ten weeks.
Prior to HKS MaryRose served as Campaign Manager for State Senator Barry Finegold’s successful reelection bid, followed by working as a Legislative and Press Aide at the Massachusetts State Senate.
See MaryRose's blog post, Scotland Takes Domestic Abuse Seriously – And We Should Too (Kennedy School Review)
Reetu is pursuing a Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as well as a Juris Doctorate (JD) at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). This summer Reetu is working for the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana (CPCPL) through the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Program, representing inmates on death row in the post-conviction process. CPCPL’s goal is to prevent the execution of their clients. Reetu will work with attorneys to develop new evidence for post-conviction, write legal briefs for court, review trial records, and work on anti-death penalty policy advocacy for the state of Louisiana. As a public interest organization with limited funding, CPCPL provides representation to indigent clients during the post-conviction process, a point where the state often denies prisoners’ access to attorney, but normally the first time a prisoner can try to prove innocence again. In Louisiana the post conviction process has saved 7 innocent men from death and exonerated 18 from sentences that did not match their crime.
Prior to graduate school Reetu worked as a community educator and organizer for a domestic violence agency, developing a prototype statewide curriculum on violence for youth in California. As a community organizer in Richmond, California, she worked predominantly with Black and Latino boys who became men going through the criminal justice system. Often in a matter of days these boys had gone from being survivors of violence themselves to the criminalized "other." This process of dehumanization fueled marginalization and recidivism. During law school she also worked as a law clerk for the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office and the Death Penalty Clinic. Reetu hopes to use her dual degree to alter the environments that create violence and to enable a criminal justice system based on a restorative justice rather than an adversarial model.
Patrick is pursuing a Master in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and a Juris Doctor (JD) at Harvard Law School (HLS). He is interested in the intersection of law and government and has experience working on rule of law development and criminal justice policy reform in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. Prior to his studies at Harvard, Patrick worked in the Antitrust and Criminal Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice. In the Antitrust Division Patrick facilitated international cooperation on civil and criminal antitrust cases and helped develop foreign policies and technical assistance programs; and in the Criminal Division he worked in the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training, where he helped plan and implement rule of law programs around the world on topics including anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing, and court security. In his first year at Harvard Law School, Patrick remained engaged with international and domestic criminal justice policy. He was an editor for the National Security Journal and the Harvard Law and Policy Review, and is currently serving as Secretary of Harvard’s chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Patrick also started a cross-disciplinary focus group on reducing gun violence and worked with a team of students to write a white paper on innovative approaches to combating transnational corruption. Last summer Patrick was an intern in the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions section, helping to develop international and domestic human rights policy and assisting with the Section’s prosecutions of genocide, war crimes, and torture.
As a candidate for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and a Sir John Monash Foundation Scholar, Claudia Newman-Martin served as the 2012-13 Academic Year Fellow for the PCJ, working to increase and enhance student engagement with PCJ’s projects and the broader criminal justice policy field. Claudia focused on creating networks between criminal justice-interested students, faculty, and external organizations. She holds an Arts degree (majoring in politics) and First Class Honors Law degree from the Australian National University (ANU). During her time at ANU, Claudia served as Student President, and she also represented ANU in national and international legal and debating competitions. Her love of debate led her to undertake capacity-building projects with teachers and students in Jordan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, and Bosnia. She has worked for a variety of not-for-profit legal organizations, including an indigenous legal service in Melbourne and a human rights NGO in India. In 2011 she worked as the Research Director to the Chief Justice of New South Wales. This role allowed her to experience first-hand the policy challenges faced by courts; it also allowed her to contribute to law reform proposals and local access to justice initiatives.
During her 2011 fellowship with the PCJ, Kate Krontiris was a candidate for a Masters in Public Policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School and for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the MIT Sloan School of Management; she received her degree in 2012. In addition to her studies in statistical and economic policy and business analysis, Kate has helped to build a portfolio of work around judicial inclusion at Google Ideas, a new think/do tank. She is also an Associate for the Innovations in Governance practice area with the consultancy Reboot. In 2010 Kate facilitated a team of State Department and NGO professionals to develop the concept of “mobile justice,” using connection technologies to link survivors of sexual violence to judicial systems. From 2005 to 2009 Kate worked on problem-solving justice projects with the Center for Court Innovation. She has written for the Huffington Post and the Change.org Criminal Justice blog.
Originally from the United Kingdom Natalie Black pursued her Masters in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and graduated in 2011. She is particularly interested in criminal justice issues in post-conflict and disaster contexts. Prior to HKS Natalie was a management consultant in London specializing in strategic policing initiatives relating to counter-terrorism and organized crime. She completed her undergraduate studies at the London School of Economics and previously worked in both the British House of Commons and House of Lords, as well as volunteering in Rwanda and South Africa. As part of Professor Christopher Stone’s course on criminal justice reform in Spring 2010, she visited Haiti with two colleagues to conduct a provisional assessment of the state of the criminal justice system after January’s devastating earthquake. In Summer 2010 Natalie worked in Kabul, Afghanistan for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, providing support to the drafting of the new drug control strategy.
Ian Mills came to the Harvard Kennedy School after working as a corporate lawyer for four years in London. A graduate of the Master in Public Administration (MPA) program in 2010 at HKS, he was pursuing a shift in focus to work as a legal professional in public service, likely at an international NGO. Ian is particularly interested in strengthening judicial processes to improve governance in sub-Saharan Africa, where he spent part of his childhood.
During his fellowship with the PCJ in 2011, Alex Blenkinsopp was in his first year of the Master in Public Policy (MPP) program at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and expects to receive his degree in 2014. Alex previously graduated from Harvard College, where he wrote a prizewinning senior thesis about society’s responses to sex offenders, and served as editor of three books produced by Harvard students on criminal justice subjects. He also spent a year working full-time as a research assistant to two criminal law professors at Harvard. Alex earned a master's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford. Since returning to the United States, he has worked for a global investment and technology development firm in New York City, interned at the White House, helped manage a New York State political campaign, and has served as a speechwriter and policy analyst at the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. His published scholarly writing on criminal justice includes three book reviews in peer-reviewed criminology journals, as well as an essay in a law review’s online supplement.
Piper Kamins completed her first year in the Master in Public Policy (MPP) program at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in 2010. Before attending HKS Piper was the Site Director of Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization in Santa Monica, California dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities. Her work at Chrysalis spanned seven years, and included program supervision, community relations, and case management with individuals facing employment barriers such as felony convictions, substance abuse, and mental illness. Piper has volunteered with "Get On The Bus," a program that unites children with their mothers and fathers in prison, and also worked with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles to assist victims of domestic violence in obtaining temporary restraining orders. In addition, she was a Mediator for the "Victim Offender Restitution Services" program, which brings together first-time juvenile offenders and their victims to reach alternative restitution agreements. Piper has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Piper continued her work with the PCJ as a 2011 Summer Intern.
Atul Goel was on leave from his job as an officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS) for two years as he pursued his Master in Public Administration (MPA) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and graduated in 2011. The Indian Police Service is not a force itself, but a service providing leaders and commanders to staff the state police and all-India Para-Military Forces. IPS officers are recruited and trained by the Indian government, after which they are assigned to police departments in various states to work in key leadership positions. In his most recent posting, Atul commanded a force of 1,500 police officers in the Kashmir valley, heading up investigations of violent crime, government malpractice, and counter-insurgency-related crimes. Atul continued his work with the PCJ as a 2010 Summer Intern.
Greg Boller was on leave from his position as Deputy District Attorney for the County of Santa Barbara, California and graduated from the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) program at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in 2011. In Santa Barbara Greg prosecuted a wide-variety of felony and misdemeanor crimes at all stages, including jury trials. He also specialized in domestic violence and truancy prevention. Greg produced an award-winning truancy film, 'The Power of Choice'. in which students tell their peers how they overcame obstacles to educational success. In an effort to prevent gang violence, Greg created life skills classes for at-risk youth in juvenile justice programs.
Barbara Best was on leave from her position as Texas Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund in Houston, Texas and obtained her Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in 2010. In Texas, among other things, Best coordinated a multi-prong, statewide initiative to dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline, the socio-economic phenomenon that gives an African-American boy born in 2001 a one in three lifetime risk of going to prison, a Latino boy a one in six risk, and a Caucasian boy a one in seventeen risk of the same fate.
Candace Mitchell is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as well as a Juris Doctorate (JD) at New York University School of Law. During the summer of 2013 Candace interned with the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office, where she planned to assume most of the duties of an Assistant Defender including interviewing clients, drafting motions related to pleas, continuances, bond, and suppression, as well as overseeing bench trials in county courts. Candace chose this position particularly because she is interested in exploring how policy intuitions and skills can inform legal services in an office that has a strong commitment to serving communities and clients holistically. Prior to graduate school Candace worked as a New York City Urban Fellow for Programs and Discharge Planning at the Department of Correction, where she helped coordinate services, programs, and resources for those exiting the New York City jail systems. She is hoping to apply her dual MPP/JD to continue that work as well as to learn how to engage in criminal justice reform and empower communities most devastated by this nation’s failing reliance on mass incarceration. With an interest in serving as a public defender as well as a community leader, Candace hopes to effectively and creatively synthesize legal and policy strategies to best serve the needs of clients and communities, as well as to advance social justice.
Claudia Newman-Martin is a candidate for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and a Sir John Monash Foundation Scholar. During the summer of 2013 Claudia worked for the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) which sits within the Soros Foundations. She planned to assist OSJI with litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance aimed at promoting human rights and building legal capacity for open societies. This internship is based in New York, and Claudia looks forward to being exposed to the full range of law reform work OSJI conducts. Claudia holds an Arts degree (majoring in politics) and First Class Honors Law degree from the Australian National University (ANU). During her time at ANU, Claudia served as Student President of the university. She also represented ANU in national and international legal and debating competitions and was ranked as best female speaker in the world in 2010. Her love of debate led her to undertake capacity-building projects with teachers and students in Jordan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, and Bosnia. Claudia has worked for a variety of not-for-profit legal organizations, including an indigenous legal service in Melbourne and a human rights NGO in India. In 2011 she worked as the Research Director to the Chief Justice of New South Wales. This role allowed her to experience first-hand the policy challenges faced by courts; it also allowed her to contribute to law reform proposals and local access to justice initiatives. Additionally, Claudia was the PCJ Academic Year fellow from 2012-2013.
Philip Tizzani is pursuing a Master in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). His policy interests include juvenile justice, law enforcement, child welfare, and US local government. In the summer of 2013 Philip worked with the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services (DYRS) to develop and implement a risk reassessment tool for juvenile offenders. DC DYRS is at the forefront of a national movement to secure positive, community-based services and placements for juveniles. During the summer he will also analyze and support programs at the Tampa Police Department. Philip previously worked in New Orleans education reform from 2008-2012. He first taught at an alternative school for expelled and previously incarcerated youth and received an honor from the superintendent for student achievement gap closure. In 2011 Philip led his students at a KIPP charter school to register the highest upper-quartile achievement levels in the New Orleans Recovery School District. The following school year he managed a teaching team at a charter that earned Top Gains School designation by the Louisiana Department of Education. Philip has also developed and coached novice teachers with Teach for America.
Nick Wilson is pursuing his Master in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) with an emphasis on criminal justice reform. During the summer of 2013 Nick worked with the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice as part of a working group of academics and police officials are convening to add dosage to the current Group Violence Reduction Strategy in Chicago. The working group will build upon the pulling levers strategy employed with Operation Ceasefire in Boston by incorporating research on community intervention, social networks, post-incidence response, police legitimacy, public communication to top-tier offending, social services, and messaging. Prior to HKS Nick researched handgun violence, the death penalty, media violence, and other controversial issues for the educational nonprofit ProCon.org.
See the Student Stories and Videos section for these students' recaps of their PCJ Internships.
Prior to HKS Sarah Estill worked as a Professional Research Assistant and Case Manager at Synergy TRCCF, a residential treatment facility run by the University of Colorado Denver’s Department of Psychiatry. At Synergy Sarah worked exclusively with adjudicated teen-aged boys with comorbid diagnoses of substance abuse and conduct disorder. She was responsible for implementing a series of novel interventions aimed at helping clients transition back into the community while avoiding further legal involvement. Her background in neuroscience has allowed her to participate in groundbreaking research on drugs of addiction both at Oregon Health & Sciences University’s Department of Behavioral Neuroscience and her alma mater, Saint Olaf College, as well as cognitive development studies at New York University’s Department of Psychology. It was through Synergy that Sarah became involved with the Gang Rescue And Support Project of Denver (GRASP), where she interned for the PCJ during the summer.
Jennifer Hoegen is currently a in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) program at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2012 Jennifer interned for the PCJ with the Human Trafficking Services Program in the Office for Victims of Crimes within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, DC., which provides comprehensive and culturally sensitive services to victims of trafficking. The Program partners with the DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance to support a multi-disciplinary anti-human task force model to assist communities identify, rescue, and restore victims of human trafficking. One main piece of the work of Jennifer's focus this summer was to analyze data received from federal award recipients and work to develop evidence-based policy within the human trafficking field. She worked for the Center for International Development at Harvard University for the past five years; she earned a Masters in Administration (MA) in International Relations from Boston University in which she focused on gender-based human rights violations. Her focus is to combine human rights theory with practical applications in the field, specifically uniting the efforts of non-profits with government entities in ensuring justice for human rights abuses. Jennifer has previously held positions at the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and an international Fortune 500 financial company in Boston. She has interned at the Massachusetts Caucus of Women’s Legislators where she worked on equal rights legislation for women. She also worked with the Women’s Rights Network at Wellesley College to plan and facilitate the Northeast Regional Beijing +5 Conference, and conducted independent research on child custody laws in cases where there was a history of partner abuse.
Victoria Tan is pursuing a Masters of Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School, and in 2012 summer interned for the PCJ at ROCA, a not-for-profit with a highly effective intervention model designed for deep-end youth involved with gangs, crime, or drugs in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Victoria's work with ROCA focued on replication and growth opportunities, including exploration of pay for success and social impact bonds. Prior to HKS she worked as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in their Sydney office where she has helped private and public sector clients develop business strategy, improve operational performance and drive corporate sustainability. Prior to joining BCG Victoria worked as a consultant on national affordable housing initiatives, judges associate for a Supreme Court Judge and interned at the United Nations Commission on International Trade law. At HKS she is Co-Chair of the Community Development Project working with a community in the Mississippi delta, a student representative on the Kennedy School Student Government (KSSG) and business development director for the Kennedy School Review student journal. Victoria received a combined Bachelors of Commerce and Law with first class honors from the University of New South Wales, Australia
Tanvir Hussain's Justice Indicators internship was with the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he was developing and experimenting with two pilot indicators of the speed of investigation. While in Dhaka Tanvir also acted as a liaison between PCJ and the Chief Justice of the Bangladesh Supreme Court, helping explore the possible involvement of PCJ in working with data on cases of violence against women in Bangladesh in order to better understand how the courts and special tribunals in the country are managing such cases. This has involved working closely with and evaluating different models of legal services open to women in Bangladesh, such as the 'Victim Support Centers' run by Bangladesh Police and the 'One Stop Crisis Centers' run by the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs. Alongside his work at the PCJ, Tanvir is also pursuing a Masters degree at the Harvard University Davis Center for Eurasian Studies on a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Tanvir received his Bachelors in Economics at Williams College, and the prestigious Arthur B. Graves Essay Prize in Economics. Born in Scotland, he grew up in Bangladesh before moving to the US in 2006. Tanvir has lived and studied abroad for extended durations in Kyrgyzstan and Singapore. He speaks Bengali, Russian, Hindi, English, and is learning Uzbek, Kazakh, French, as well as Arabic.
Bruck Kebede Kiros is a recent Amherst College graduate with a B.A. in Economics and Black Studies. Born and raised in Ethiopia, he grew up with a passion for social change and international development and hopes to gain invaluable experience in international development before attending graduate school. In 2012, as a Justice Indicators intern at the Program in Criminal Justice, Bruck worked at the Director of Public Prosecutor’s office in Freetown, Sierra Leone assisting the Acting Director and his staff to develop indicators regarding the speed of prosecution. Bruck also holds Five College Certificates in International Relations and African Studies and is fluent in Amharic and Tigrinya.
Kash Patel is pursuing a Master in Public Policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), with a focus in Social Policy and Business and Government Policy. Upon graduating from Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada, he worked for Deloitte Consulting where he helped both public and private sector clients analyze and solve a broad range of strategic and operational issues. His work also involved a yearlong transfer to Mumbai, India to help conduct work in the local healthcare practice. In 2012 Kash worked with the Jamaican Ministry of Justice and the JCF (Jamaican Constabulary Force) in Kingston on a number of initiatives, including helping to expand the use of the 'Hit Rate' indicator by various police divisions. The indicator is used to measure and improve the effectiveness of police activities, such as searches and deployments. He was involved with the Ministry of National Security to help analyze data on minor crimes to determine if it could generate an indicator of violence against women.
During his 2011 summer internship with the PCJ, Jeffrey Bae worked in the Judicial Chambers at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda located in Arusha, Tanzania, assisting with legal research and writing and advising on criminal justice policy issues stemming from the mass atrocities committed in Rwanda in 1994. During this time Jeffrey was a fourth-year concurrent degree candidate pursuing a Master in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and a Law degree (JD) at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law during. Upon graduating from Cornell University in 2007, he worked for International Justice Mission in Washington, D.C. to strengthen public justice systems and increase access to justice around the world by providing legal services to victims of human rights violations. In the summer of 2009, he served at the UN Office of the International Prosecutor in Cambodia as a legal intern for the Khmer Rouge trials.
During his summer internship with the PCJ in 2011, Douglas Barrios worked with the Mayor’s Office of Baruta, one of the five municipalities that constitute Caracas, one of around half a million inhabitants. Douglas was under the direct supervision of the Director of Municipal Safety and his project consisted of: 1) Researching local dynamics and how they contribute to the prevalence of violence; 2) Analyzing the implementation of a pilot program to be introduced by the municipality; 3) Helping design an evaluation tool to measure the impact of such program; and 4) Generating recommendations for the subsequent implementation or replication of the pilot program. Douglas believes that gaining hands-on experience from the perspective of a local government in dealing with a complex public policy issue, as is crime in a city like Caracas, whilst at the same time facing real-life administrative, budgetary, and political limitations will prove to be invaluable for his long-term goal of becoming a successful public servant. Douglas is pursuing his Master in Public Administration/International Development (MPA/ID) degree at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Originally from Venezuela he has been worked in designing public safety preventive interventions for at-risk youth and has also been heavily involved in political organizing and mobilization around the subject of violence.
During her 2011 summer internship with the PCJ, Yael Bar-tur was with the Office of Management, Analysis, and Planning at the New York Police Department (NYPD), where she gained knowledge in the fields of criminal justice, counter terrorism, and cyber security. She is pursuing a Master in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Born in Tel Aviv she joined the Israeli military at the age of 18 and served as a spokesperson and a liaison to the foreign press between the years 2000-2002. Yael has since served in reserve duty twice: During the war with Hezbollah on the Israeli-Lebanese border in 2006, and in the IDF field hospital in Haiti following the earthquake in January 2010. Yael graduated cum laude in 2007 with a B.A in Government, Diplomacy and Counter-Terrorism from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Upon graduation Yael accepted a three year position at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, where she worked in various fields from entertainment and online media to security cooperation and law enforcement.
During his summer internship with the PCJ in 2011, Ben Harmon's internship involved working with Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama. EJI provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. Ben will work closely with EJI attorneys to assist them in the litigation of their cases and will assist in the development of publications, reports, and educational resources documenting unfairness and discrimination in the criminal justice system. This was a great opportunity for Ben to return to his home state and contribute to its improvement. Ben is studying for a Master in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as well as a joint-degree with Harvard Law School (HLS). Originally from Alabama he previously worked as a regional coordinator for a non-profit organization that trains college, graduate, and law students to provide free tax preparation services and opportunities for savings and economic improvement to low-income, working families.
During his 2011 summer internship with the PCJ, Jonah Force Hill interned at the National Economic Council at the White House, assisting with development of the Obama Administration’s cybersecurity strategy, particularly in the financial sector. Jonah received his B.A. Phi Beta Kappa in the Study of Religion (Honors) from UCLA in 2007, with a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Jonah is pursuing a dual-masters degree at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Harvard Divinity School (HDS), where he focused on the relationship between religion, public policy, and international security. Prior to his graduate studies, Jonah worked with the US State Department in the political sections of the US Embassy in New Delhi and the US Consulate in Mumbai. In January he enrolled in Richard Clarke’s The Future of Cybersecurity course and was shocked to learn of the extent of the problem. That experience inspired him to continue to build upon the knowledge and skills he had developed in the course.
During her summer internship with the PCJ in 2011, Piper Kamins worked with the Cambridge Police Department and the City of Cambridge on their 'Safety Net' program, which diverts youth with behavioral issues from entering the cycle of the criminal justice system. The program represents an innovative collaboration among the police, mental health, and youth services, and works with the youth and his/her family to provide individualized, holistic support. Piper took part in program evaluation and strengthening Safety Net's performance measurements. She is pursuing a Master in Public Policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), with an interest in criminal justice policy. Before HKS she was the Site Director of Chrysalis in Santa Monica, California, an employment resource center for low-income and homeless individuals. At Chrysalis Piper worked with individuals facing employment barriers such as felony convictions, substance abuse, and mental illness.
During his 2011 summer internship with the PCJ, Julian Simcock worked with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. His work was focused on the international law portfolio, which includes ongoing litigation concerning Guantanamo, and broader advocacy efforts regarding corporate human rights abuses. Julian is a joint Law and Master in Public Policy (JD/MPP) degree candidate at Stanford Law School and at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). He is a primary editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and has conducted research for the Stanford Journal of International Law on the In re South African Apartheid litigation. Prior to graduate school Julian worked with the UN Millennium Villages Project and completed a Fulbright fellowship in South Africa.
During her summer internship with the PCJ in 2011, Marieke Widmann worked with the U.K. government’s Department of International Development (DFID) on a new program seeking innovative and integrated approaches to prevent trafficking of women and girls in Asia. Marike came to the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to pursue a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) after working as a litigation attorney for a law firm in New York City. She is pursuing a shift in focus to policy issues in the public sector.
Natalie Black studied for the Master in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), interned with the PCJ in 2010, and graduated in 2011. Originally from the UK, she previously worked in the UK Parliament and was a management consultant. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the London School of Economics in International Relations. Over the summer Natalie worked for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Afghanistan. Based in the counter-narcotics programme, she worked closely with the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the international donor community to develop the Ministry’s long-term strategy and its position paper for the international conference on Afghanistan in Kabul. Natalie also participated in a mission to the Western provinces of Herat and Ghor where she met local politicians, village elders and women’s’ groups to evaluate UNODC’s alternative livelihood projects and capture lessons learned for Afghanistan’s new national drug control strategy.
Atul Goel was on leave from his job as an officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS) for two years as he pursued his Master in Public Administration (MPA) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and graduated in 2011. He served as a PCJ intern in 2010, as well as a First-Year MPA-MPP Fellow in 2009. The Indian Police Service is not a force itself but a service providing leaders and commanders to staff the state police and all-India Para-Military Forces. IPS officers are recruited and trained by the Indian government. As a summer intern at the NYPD, Atul worked with the Special Projects team of the Office of Management Analysis and Planning (OMAP), which functions under the overall supervision of Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives. The Special Projects team serves as an in-house think tank of the NYPD and provides intellectual inputs for several of NYPD’s cutting edge initiatives. During his summer at the NYPD, Atul gained hands-on experience of policy-making in one of the world’s biggest law enforcement agencies. In addition, Atul submitted a preliminary report on the relationship between shootings and their time and location of occurrence utilizing data for the period 2003-2009. The experiences that Atul gained will serve him well once he returns to his job in India.
Viridiana Rios, a Doctoral (PhD) candidate at the Department of Government was an intern with the PCJ in 2010 and worked with the Trans-border Institute (TBI), a research center that provides information and assistance to the policymakers and communities of the U.S.-Mexican border. At TBI Viridiana conducted research on the causes/effects of recent spikes in drug related violence in Mexico’s border towns. Her research will contribute to the agenda of the Justice in Mexico Project, a joint research initiative between the TBI and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) dedicated to promote and assess the rule of law and justice reform in Mexico.
Sasha Rogers interned with the PCJ during 2010. Prior to coming to Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to pursue a Master in Public Policy (MPP), she worked on Capitol Hill as a staffer for the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee where she focused on interagency affairs. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005, where she studied Government and Russian. During her summer internship with the PCJ, Sasha worked for the U.S. State Department as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan, on a project assessing Kazakhstan’s proposed law-enforcement reforms. She also assisted in the political/economic section with the regional transnational crimes portfolio, which includes counter-narcotics and policies to combat human trafficking. Visit Sasha's blog to read about her impressions of life in Kazakhstan and to see some great photos.
Sarah Steege grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, and graduated from Williams College in 2006. She worked for two years at a social services non-profit in New York, helping seniors access Medicare and Medicaid benefits, before enrolling in the joint Law and Master in Public Policy (JD/MPP) program with the University of Michigan Law School. Having just finished her first year of law school, she was excited to work in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice during the summer as an intern for the PCJ in 2010. The internship included helping establish the Division's policy section and evaluating potential involvement for the Division with implementing health reform legislation. Sarah planned to return to HKS in the fall of 2011 to continue her studies.
Anirudh Suri was pursuing a Master in Public Administration (MPA) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and was a summer intern with the PCJ in 2010. He worked on the issue of cyber-terrorism with the Ministry of IT and Communications (MIT) and other ministries such as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in India. Building on work that has already been done in outlining India’s cyber security strategy, he assisted in: 1) Outlining clearly the nature, extent and the basic underlying drivers of the problem of cyber terrorism in India; 2) Identifying ways in which the Ministry of IT and Communication, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice and other relevant agencies could work together to tackle this problem; 3) Initiating discussions on how the public and private sectors could cooperate to build the requisite cyber security infrastructure; 4) Drawing best practices from the efforts of other countries such as the U.S. in this field; and 5) Establishing contact with relevant experts and government officials in countries such as the U.S. to lay out an action plan to operationalize the vision for U.S.-India cooperation on cyber-security and specifically cyber-terrorism.
Amia L. Trigg was in her third year of a four-year joint degree program between Harvard Law School (HLS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) when she interned with the PCJ in 2010. She worked with the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC. The Division handles litigation focused on reforming unfair and systemic criminal justice policies and practices. She also worked with the Public Defender Service’s Special Counsel to the Director, who works exclusively on local DC policy proposals that affect indigent defense and the DC criminal justice system more generally. For the Special Litigation Division, she conducted research and devised plans for approaching litigation to address current issues impacting indigent defense. For the Special Counsel she conducted research on bills introduced in the DC Council which pertain to criminal justice issues, and attended DC Council hearings, meetings with individual council members, and working group meetings focused on criminal justice reform issues. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to utilize both her Law School and Kennedy School educations in working towards achieving better criminal justice policies and practices for the District of Columbia.
Alice Abrokwa is a joint Law and Master in Public Policy (JD/MPP) candidate at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Harvard Law School (HLS), who expects to graduate in 2012. She interned with the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in Washington, DC. Alice worked with the Africa Team within the Bureau to develop a strategy document regarding the priorities of the U.S. government in addressing international crimes in Africa. The work involved investigating how and why the priorities of the Africa Bureau and other relevant players towards international crime have changed over time and proposing ways that the State Department can help African countries both prevent and respond appropriately to international crimes.
Carla Laroche is a joint Law and Master in Public Policy (JD/MPP) candidate at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Columbia Law School, and anticipates graduating in 2012. Previously she worked for International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) in Harare, Zimbabwe in its Criminal Defender Program. IBJ is an independent, non-governmental organization that works to guarantee all citizens the right to competent legal representation, the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to a fair trial. IBJ currently has projects in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Rwanda, Burundi and Zimbabwe. Among other things, Carla organized roundtable discussions with relevant players, publicized a rights awareness campaign, and assisted the Harare IBJ fellow with case support and documentation.
Amy Zheng is a Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Master in Public Policy (MPP) candidate, and expects to graduate in 2010. She interned at the headquarters of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes in Vienna in the Division for Operations-Integrated Programming Unit. The Unit, which was established in 2008, supports UNODC field offices in developing integrated regional programs to promote rule of law and human security and to undertake program development activities with other UN agencies, especially in post-conflict countries.
Quinnie Lin's Justice Indicators internship brought her to Lagos State, Nigeria this summer where she was honored to work with the Ministry of Justice. She was primarily involved in helping PCJ’s Nigerian partners develop the country’s first witness support program through the implementation and analysis of a victimization survey.Quinnie has been interested in issues of human rights and social justice since high school. Domestically, she has worked on access to education, welfare, and housing for the US Senate, Greater Boston Legal Services, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. During the past four years, she has also completed various human rights and criminal justice projects in Switzerland, Rwanda, and Kenya. She recently graduated with a Masters degree from HKS, and served as the co-chair of the Human Rights Professional Interest Council as well as the Asian Pacific American Caucus. Her plans at this writing were to begin law school at Boston College in the fall of 2012.
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