Mr. Ahmad is the Chief of the Peshawar City Police. As the administrative head of the police department, he manages over 10,000 officers and staff. His work focuses on counter-terrorism, planning and implementing development and welfare programs, and ensuring observance of human rights standards in police work. Mr. Ahmad holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from Islamia College, a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Peshawar, and an LL.M. in Human Rights Law from the University of Warwick. During his Humphrey Fellowship, he plans to focus on law and human rights, specifically on the processes by which U.S. police departments seek to protect human rights.
Trinidad and Tobago
Mr. Arthur is a Police Inspector with the Trinidad and Tobago National Police Service. As a member of the Critical Thinking and Organizational Development Team, he worked to formulate and implement a triennial Strategic Plan for the Police Service. Mr. Arthur received his Associate’s degree from Cipriani College of Labour Studies, his Master of Science in Human Resource Management from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, and his Master of Science in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. As a Humphrey Fellow, Mr. Arthur plans to focus on anti-trafficking program management and policy. He looks forward to exchanging experiences with U.S. law enforcement officials.
Mr. Augustin is the Immigration Officer and System Administrator of the Border Control System at the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Haiti. In this work, he prepares monthly reports regarding passenger movement across the border and administers the network and ID readers at the airport as part of a team of four. Mr. Augustin designed the current database at the Malpasse land border with the Dominican Republic. He has completed a Crisis Management Training with both the US Department of Homeland Security and the International Air Transport Association. Mr. Augustin also participated in a 5-day Intelligence Analysis Seminar with the US Southern Command. He holds both a Bachelor’s degree and LL.M. from the State University of Haiti. During his Humphrey Fellowship, Mr. Augustin will focus on U.S. officials’ responses to child trafficking.
Hamze Haidar Ahmad
Hamze Haidar Ahmad is the Head of Training at the Police Academy in Beirut, Lebanon, where he oversees, manages, and monitors the contents of the police training curricula. He is responsible for ensuring that these materials respond to public safety needs and follow international standards of human rights. Mr. Haidar Ahmad received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University of Culture and Education in Beirut, his Law degree from Lebanese University, and will soon earn his Master’s degree in Penal Law. During a one-year police training at the National Superior School of Policing in France, he researched and presented a thesis entitled, “Community Policing, A Renovated Institution: Between the Anglo Saxon Reality and the French Myth.” Mr. Haidar Ahmad is an alumnus of the John Smith Memorial Trust program in London, which seeks to promote good governance, social justice and the rule of law. As a Humphrey Fellow, Mr. Haidar Ahmad would like to focus on international law enforcement and police training standards, as well as human rights and strategic management.
Ms. Ibrahim is a lawyer at the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones in Egypt. In her work, she does comparative research on the rules governing investor dispute settlement in the Arab world and other countries in order to improve the procedures of her agency. Ms. Ibrahim holds an LL.M. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She received both her Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Cairo University. During her Humphrey Fellowship, she wishes to take classes on business and human rights and broaden her understanding of international human rights principles. She will focus on how human rights standards are applied in different developing countries.
Ja Aung Lu
Ms. Lu is the Program Manager of Equality Myanmar. Her responsibilities in this role include program development, team and financial management, staff recruitment, facilitation of trainings and events, data collection, and policymaking. For her work on the successful Stop Myitsone Dam Campaign, Ms. Lu received the Kachin Hero of the Year award in 2007. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws from Myitkyina University. As a Humphrey Fellow, Ms. Lu hopes to update her knowledge of human rights and laws, develop network-building skills, and enhance her understanding of NGO best practices, to help her contribute toward the development of a democratic society in Myanmar.
Ms. Matthews is an attorney and the Senior Legal Officer at the South African Human Rights Commission. In this role, she facilitates national hearings and strategic impact litigation to hold parties accountable for systemic human rights violations. She was selected by the Mail & Guardian as one of their Top 200 Young South Africans for 2014. Ms. Matthews holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies at The Hague, Netherlands, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Witwatersrand, as well as a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town. During her Humphrey Fellowship, she will focus on public policy analysis to develop cost-effective policies to advance development in countries in the Global South.
Amelia Lourdes Mendoza
Ms. Mendoza is the Presiding Judge of the 5th Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Zamboanguita and Dauin, Negros Oriental. As the head of the office, she exercises both judicial and administrative functions. She has published an article titled, “When the Lights Go Out in the Streets of the Metro: Conversations with Women in Prostitution.” Ms. Mendoza holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Arellano Law Foundation and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Santo Tomas. During her Humphrey Fellowship, she will study policies and prevention practices relating to trafficking in persons to create a Supreme Court Handbook on Trafficking to guide her fellow judges through the existing jurisprudence in the Philippines and to provide relevant procedures for easy reference.
Ms. Thabet is a Child Protection Officer at the Danish Refugee Council in Aden, Yemen, working in conflict-affected areas of Yemen, supporting children affected by armed conflicts, child recruitment, sexual harassment, and exploitation. She worked with the government to sign the action plan with the UN Security Council to stop child recruitment in the military. Since 2014, she worked with UNICEF, to conduct emergency assessments during conflicts. Ms. Thabet holds her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from Aden University. As a Humphrey Fellow, she plans to focus on the legal aspect of human rights – particularly the rights of children – with the aim of increasing her knowledge of human rights capacity-building. She plans to use these skills to work toward universal access to birth certificates, raising Yemen’s minimum age of marriage to 18, and addressing child protection needs.
Ms. Oyeleye is the Executive Director of the Children Emergency Relief Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria. In this role she facilitates the creation of annual projects, coordinates activities with the National Council of Child Rights Advocates in Nigeria, and engages with relevant government ministries. Ms. Oyeleye holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration and Planning from the University of Lagos, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ife, Nigeria. As a Humphrey Fellow, Ms. Oyeleye hopes to improve her capacity to mitigate child trafficking by developing her skills in advocacy, community and civil society engagement and collaboration, and gain a better understanding of national and international policies relating to child trafficking.
Mr. Tholal is the Vice President of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives. He runs the Commission in absence of the Chair and mentors in the Advocacy Department. He also heads the Women’s Focal Group, which, among other issues, confronts religious extremism that affects gender issues. Tholal is a prominent figure in national media, and has been featured on several TV shows. He has also performed as MC for five years at the nation’s largest media events, Independence Day and Republic Day. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Cultural Heritage Management and Creative Writing from the University of Canberra in Australia. Mr. Tholal’s publications include the book, “National Museum: An Overview of the Objects at the National Museum of Maldives.” As a Humphrey Fellow, he plans to study law and human rights to address how judicial reform in Maldives can improve the accessibility of justice for vulnerable groups.