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Speakers from Integrating Human Rights into the Curriculum: Case Studies from Asia Workshop for Educators

Geoffrey Robinson
Director, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Professor, UCLA Department of History

Geoffrey Robinson received his BA from McGill University in Canada, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he studied modern Southeast Asian history and politics. From 1989 to 1995 he was Head of Research for Island Southeast Asia at Amnesty International headquarters in London. Since leaving Amnesty International in 1995, he has continued to work on human rights and humanitarian issues, both independently and as a consultant to various international organizations. Since joining UCLA’s Department of History in 1997, he has regularly taught undergraduate lecture courses on early and modern Southeast Asia, as well as a range of undergraduate and graduate seminars on Indonesia and East Timor; Political Violence and Genocide; and Human Rights in Asia.From June to November 1999, he took leave from UCLA to serve as a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations in East Timor.

Lorna Chiu
West Coast Office
Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
Lorna Chiu is Senior West Coast Officer of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Los Angeles. She works with the press to raise awareness about populations in danger and creates and manages public education events and activities to stimulate debate on critical humanitarian and medical issues. Ms. Chiu spent a month working in the MSF press office in Nairobi and southern Sudan covering the devastating famine in 1998.

Namju Cho, MPP
Advocacy Coordinator
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
Namju oversees all aspects of drafting, implementing and evaluating advocacy strategies that will increase awareness on trafficking issues and improve trafficking victims’ access to services and resources. CAST’s advocacy activities include training, policy advocacy, community organizing, media outreach and public education. She works on the local and national levels to mobilize the government, community organizations, the media, youth groups and the general public to have a better understanding of trafficking, its root causes and how to help. Prior to joining CAST, Namju worked at the Division for the Advancement of Women at the United Nations in New York City. She received a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University. Ms. Cho was formerly a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal in Seoul, Korea, where she also graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Yonsei University. She speaks fluent Korean and intermediate Spanish.

Saman Zia-Zarifi
Deputy Director, Asia Division
Human Rights Watch

Saman Zia-Zarifi is the Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division. Previously, he directed the Academic Freedom Program at Human Rights Watch. While at HRW, he has participated in emergency missions investigating conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Prior to joining HRW, he was Senior Research Fellow at the Department of International Law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where he conducted a special project on multinational corporations. He has written widely on the impact of multinational corporations and economic globalization on human rights, including Liability of Multinational Corporations for Violating International Law (co-edited with Menno Kamminga) (Kluwer 2000). He was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University (1990), his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School (1993) and an LL.M. in International Law from New York University School of Law (1997). He practiced for several years as a corporate litigator in Los Angeles.

Anne Parris
Amnesty International
Human Rights Education

Anne Parris has taught English and, more recently Film, at Castro Valley High School for the past twenty years. Currently the chair of Amnesty International USA's Western Region Human Rights Educators Steering Commitee, she has given workshops on human rights education, literacy skills and media education throughout the US.

Todd Jennings
Amnesty International
Human Rights Education

Dr. Todd Jennings is a developmental and educational psychologist who teaches in the College of Education at California State University, San Bernardino. His teaching, writing, and research focus on the nature of human rights education and the development of social consciousness leading to human rights advocacy. In addition, Dr. Jennings works with Amnesty International serving primarily in their efforts to promote human right education in schools and communities.

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