Robert F. Kennedy believed that young people represent America’s greatest natural resource. In keeping with his vision, legal fellowships at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights provide invaluable training and experience for a recent law school graduate preparing for a career in human rights. We are proud to welcome the class of 2017 with two endowed fellowships and serve as the host organization for fellowships with secured funding.
Caitlin Callahan joins Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights as the Pinto Fellow after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, where she focused her studies on both domestic and international human rights issues, including immigration and criminal justice reform, health equity, and women's rights. While at Georgetown, Caitlin served as a Student Legal Representative in the Appellate Litigation Clinic, a Research Assistant for the O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law, and as a Student Researcher and Author of a human rights fact-finding report documenting discrimination faced by undocumented students in accessing public education in the United States. She has also interned at the National Women's Law Center, Human Rights Watch, the Department of Justice, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to law school, Caitlin worked in the domestic and international public health arena, including as a Global Health Corps Fellow.
We welcome Rebecca Sheff as the 2017 Donald M. and Susan N. Wilson Fellow. Rebecca was previously a law clerk for the Honorable Roy W. McLeese III at the D.C. Court of Appeals. Additionally, she worked as a legal fellow at Human Rights First, advocating for human rights defenders in the Middle East and North African region and lobbying Congress on closing space for civil society. Rebecca earned her B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College and her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she spent a semester supporting Haitian human rights defenders and another semester at the State Department. Rebecca has additional experience working with LGBT communities, sex workers, and migrants in Burundi, India, Senegal, and Zimbabwe.
After a great Summer as a Legal Intern with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Lucia Marchueta joins us once again as a Legal Fellow. Originally from Argentina, Lucia completed her law studies at the National University of Rosario (U.N.R). During her final years of law school, Lucia clerked for a judge in a civil and commercial court and worked for the Santa Fe State Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Post graduation Lucia lived in Sao Paulo, where she participated in a legal pro-bono workshop and legal forums, improved her Portuguese and taught English for a living. Lucia has lived in the United States for almost three years and recently finished her LLM at Georgetown University Law Center.