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About the Authors

Alexandra Dinu was born in Bucharest, Romania. She is finishing undergraduate degrees in International Relations and International Human Rights at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She is passionate about Eastern European politics and minority rights, with a particular interest in European policies aimed at ethnic Roma societal inclusion. After graduation she hopes to pursue a law degree focusing on international human rights law or international criminal law.

Melissa George is in the midst of her senior year studying International Human Rights at Webster University in Saint Louis. She studied abroad in Rwanda during the summer of 2013, and she hopes to make a return trip to East Africa in the future. Melissa likes to spend her free time baking and playing with cats.

Rachel Noland graduated from Webster University in Saint Louis with a double-major in International Human Rights and German, as well as a certificate in Web Design. A native of South Dakota, she is deeply interested in the educational rights of marginalized peoples in the United States – particularly Native Americans, immigrants, and refugees.

Rachel Kaufer is a senior in Webster’s International Human Rights program in Saint Louis, Missouri. Originally from Lake Tahoe, California, Rachel is particularly interested in human rights issues that intersect with environmental affairs. Environmental refugees, the right to food, and the right to water are all aspects of human rights that particularly spark her interest.

Lorena Macias is a senior at Webster University who is earning a major in International Human Rights and minors in Journalism and French. She’s a dreamer who hopes to make the world a better place by spreading the idea that everyone has the right to a life of dignity. In her free time, she enjoys writing opinion pieces, watching great films, and knitting.

Helena Veum graduated from Webster University Leiden in the Netherlands in May 2013 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has grown passionate about human rights after several experiences throughout her academic career, including a human rights study trip to Rwanda. As a result, she wants to combine her interests and enter the career field of international humanitarian aid. In February 2014, she plans to begin a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Leiden University.

Brianna Willis is a Creative Writing major at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, “Breezy” traveled to Rwanda in May 2013 as part of a university study trip. She enjoyed learning about the country’s past and present, both from reading books and from meeting people who experienced human rights issues there first-hand.