As a kid I was picked on. To work in human rights had been a dream of mine. Being able to be in a position where now I can help people who are in marginalized places makes me feel absolutely amazing. I’m a senior program specialist with the Human Rights Initiative. Typically, I review grant proposals and write recommendations for funding. Being part of such a big team within Open Society as a network has really allowed me to grow and foster in my own professional and personal way. I just got back from a month-long trip of travel where I went to Palestine and Lebanon and Jordan. It makes it all worth it to see this amazing work being done on the ground. I was already working at Open Society in D.C. and, luckily, my bosses let me move to New York to go to graduate school. First, I was really nervous to tell my supervisor that I was applying, but he was so interested in the skills that I could be bringing to my job once I graduated. I love New York. I love my community here. It’s nice to be able to join friends for a reading in the park or seeing a movie. A desire to right what’s wrong. It starts from when I walk in the door every day and that sticks with me.