Meet the Board

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Melina De Bona (Co-Chair)  

Melina is a 2L at NYU Law, where she specializes in Public International Law with a geographical focus on Latin America. She is an International Law and Human Rights Fellow with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, part of the Global Justice Clinic, and a White & Case Orison Marden Fellow for International Law.

Melina has had the opportunity to explore Humanitarian Law as a regular delegate to United Nations General Assembly for the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission, as well as investor-state relations as a Research Assistant for International Law Professor José Alvarez. She is Staff Editor in the Journal for International Law and Politics.

Prior to Law School, Melina served as a Research Assistant for the Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and as an intern for the Institute of Public Policy on Human Rights for the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR).

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Selene Nafisi (Co-Chair, Treasurer)  

Selene is a 2L at NYU Law, where she specializes in human rights advocacy, global migration, and refugee law. She is an International Law and Human Rights Fellow with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, and is a part of the Global Justice Clinic.

At NYU Law, Selene has developed her interest in refugee law as a student advocate with the International Refugee Assistance Project, and as an intern with the Protection Unit at the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Beirut, Lebanon. Prior to Law School, Selene worked at the Domestic Abuse Self-Help Center in Van Nuys, California, where she assisted victims of domestic violence tell their stories. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles.

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Julie Hong (Content Editor)

Julie Hong is a SoCal native and a 2L at NYU Law. At NYU, Julie is the Publicity Chair of APALSA and a staff editor for Review of Law & Social Change.  She is also involved in various off-campus organizations such as the Parole Preparation Project and Open Hands Legal Services. Prior to law school, Julie worked in digital advertising at BuzzFeed. She is a co-founder of a non-profit that sponsors students living in Zimbabwean orphanages. She is also passionate about human rights issues involving North Korea. Back in California, she received her B.A. in Communication Studies and Art History at U.C.L.A and a Masters in Library Science at San Jose State University.

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Nora Christiani (Professional Development Chair)

Nora is a second-year law student at NYU. Along with her role at LSHR, she is also the co-chair of the NYU Law Immigrant Rights Project, a student advocate with the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, and a staff editor on the NYU Review of Law and Social Change. Nora has a background in human rights media and participatory education models, and has worked on documentary films about reproductive rights in the Lakota community, women’s economic human rights in Latin America, and the Ríos Montt genocide trial in Guatemala. Nora has a BA in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University (CT), and following college was a Princeton in Latin America Fellow with Redes de Tutoría, a Mexican civil society organization working in rural public elementary schools. Nora is originally from Boston, MA.

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