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Career talk with three recent Stanford human rights graduates

Left to right: Sophia Helfand, Katie Joseff, Isabel Vasquez
October 2, 2020 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Join us for a public career talk panel with three recent graduates during our Human Rights Careers Intensive.

Sophia Helfand graduated from Stanford in 2020 with a B.A. in Political Science, a minor in Spanish, and honors in Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Through the human rights center, she spent a week volunteering in an immigration detention center in Texas and took the careers intensive. She now works as a client advocate in the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office through an organization called Partners for Justice. (By the way, she did an informational interview with that organization as homework for the Human Rights Careers Intensive!)

Katie Joseff is a senior research associate at the Center for Media Engagement. Past areas of research include political disinformation and election manipulation, both within the US and abroad; the psychological biases underlying propaganda; partisanship; anti-Semitism; targeted harassment of marginalized groups; the effects of false information on journalism and journalists; and the ethics of emerging technologies, including AR, VR, and AI surveillance. She studied social neuroscience and international security as an undergraduate, and partisanship and disinformation as a media studies master’s student. Her BA and MA are from Stanford University.


Isabel Vasquez is a legal assistant at Democracy Forward. Prior to that, she was a student assistant at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University, where she received her B.A. in International Relations. She has volunteered as a legal assistant for the Dilley Pro Bono Project at the South Texas Family Residential Center preparing asylum seekers for their credible fear interviews. Isabel also completed the Human Rights Careers Intensive last year. She is contemplating pursuing a J.D. in the future.

This public talk will be presented on the heels of our Human Rights Careers Intensive, a workshop on finding your place in the human rights career sphere. Our Center will run the careers intensive again in the spring quarter.

Zoom link. Passcode: 650650 (Waiting room enabled.)

Contact Email: 
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