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2012 - 2013 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows


2012 - 2013 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows


Philip Acosta Aguinaldo – Philippines

Mr. Aguinaldo is a Regional Trial Court Judge for the City of Muntinlupa in the Philippines. He also serves as professor and bar reviewer in the Faculty of Civil Law at the University of Santo Tomas, lecturing on family law, evidence, and legal ethics. He is also a part-time lecturer at the College of Law of Lyceum University of the Philippines, the University of the Philippines Law Center in its Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Program for criminal law and procedure, the Department of Justice, and the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court for trafficking, violence against women and children, and child abuse. Mr. Aguinaldo holds a Bachelor of Law degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. As a new Humphrey Fellow, he would like to design a Bench Book that simplifies the intricacies of investigation and court procedures so that dispensers of justice would be able to understand the concept of human trafficking without arbitrariness and inconsistencies in their actions and rulings.

Girmachew A. Aneme – Ethiopia

Mr. Aneme is an Assistant Professor of Law at the School of Law of Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to joining the Humphrey Fellowship Program, Mr. Aneme served as the head of the Center for Human Rights Studies at Addis Ababa University, where he was responsible for running the academic programs of the Center, developing the Center’s research policy and administering the Center’s Legal Aid Project focused on the indigent, the largest such project in Ethiopia spreading to three regional towns. One of his important projects at the Center for Human Rights was launching the first ever Ethiopian Journal of Human Rights as an interdisciplinary and bi-annual publication. Mr. Aneme received his Ph.D. and M.A. in African Union Law and Human Rights Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo in Norway and his Bachelor of Law from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. As a Humphrey Fellow, Mr. Aneme would like to expand his practical and conceptual knowledge on legal aid and access to justice in the Ethiopian context and to continue his research on the relationship between the right to food and foreign direct investment in large scale agricultural lands in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Viresh Kumar Bhawra – India

Mr. Bhawra is an Additional Director General of Police, serving under the Crime Investigation division for the Government of Punjab in India. His primary areas of responsibility include supervising, planning, policy-making, and organizing and coordinating in all spheres of criminal investigation matters including dealing with problems of illegal migration and human trafficking. Mr. Bhawra holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, and a Master’s degree in Human Rights from Pondicherry University in India. As a new Humphrey Fellow, he would like to pursue a composite program comprised of academic modules, seminars, visits to affected areas, interactions with stakeholders, and an internship with a professional organization active in tackling human smuggling and illegal migration. He is interested in crafting a set of recommendations to tackle the problem of human smuggling and illegal migration more effectively in India and abroad.


Firmine Bouity – Republic of Congo

Ms. Bouity is an Assistant Director in charge of International Conventions at the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Republic of Congo. Her responsibilities are to elaborate, examine, and suggest drafts of projects pertaining to the improvement of diplomatic relations that Congo has established with other international partners. She also served as Chief of Public Relations and Legal Adviser on women’s and children’s rights at the Republic of Congo’s Women’s Legal Association for almost eleven years and, in this capacity, has assisted widows, orphans, and victims of domestic violence. Ms. Bouity holds a Master’s degree in Private Law from Marien Ngouabi University in the Republic of Congo. She is interested in furthering her knowledge in human rights both in an academic setting and in professional exchanges. Ms. Bouity believes acquiring additional skills in the realm of human rights will help to enhance her effectiveness working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Congo’s Women’s Legal Association.

Amarjargal Davjayev – Mongolia

Ms. Davjayev holds a law degree from Ulaanbaatar Erdem Law University. She is an anti-trafficking expert and author. During her Humphrey year, she wants to focus on the protection of victims of trafficking and on women’s issues in relation to trafficking and organized crime. She is Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Development in Ulaanbaatar, and previously served as the Human Trafficking Prevention Program Coordinator working on strategic litigation for anti-trafficking and a labor trafficking project. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Davjayev worked for the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women in Bangkok, Thailand, as an Information Officer, and from 2004 to 2005, she worked for the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) as research assistant to the Programme for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Rights-based Approach to Development in Bangkok, Thailand. She hopes to work with the ABA’s rule of law project during her Humphrey Fellowship year. In the future, she intends to start an NGO focused on the protection of victims of any sort of crime.

Cheryl Daytec – Philippines

Ms. Daytec holds a master’s degree in law, with a human rights concentration, from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, as well as three prior degrees from Filipino institutions: a law degree from the University of the Cordilleras; a master’s degree in management from the University of the Philippines; and, a bachelor’s degree in communications from St. Louis University, where she is currently an Associate Professor. A human rights lawyer, she is an expert in Indigenous Peoples’ issues. She served as the Research and Litigation Officer and as a Trustee for the Cordillera Indigenous Peoples Center in Baguio, and as Director of the Cordillera Executive Board. She is interested in a human rights-based approach to development, so that the benefits of economic development can reach all sectors of the population, including Indigenous Peoples. During her Humphrey year, she hopes to interact with U.S. Indigenous communities who have been successful in harnessing economic development for the benefit of Native Americans. She is a co-founder of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers and is a published poet.


Mostafa Farrag – Egypt

Mr. Farrag works as a judge in the Damanhur Primary Court in Egypt and as a part time lecturer of human rights courses at the Arab Academy for Sciences, Technology and Maritime Transportation. He also worked as a public prosecutor, legal researcher, and lawyer in Alexandria, Egypt. Mr. Farrag holds a L.L.M. degree in Litigation Logistics from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology in Egypt and a L.L.B. degree in law from Alexandria University. By participating in the Humphrey Fellowship Program, he wishes to enhance his professional capabilities and widen his knowledge of human rights studies to benefit his career as a judge. He believes human rights have a very close connection with his profession as a judge and lecturer. He would like to publish a book on this subject. He also plans to complete his Ph.D. in Human Rights.

Desmond Kaunda – Malawi

Mr. Kaunda is the Director of the Malawi Human Rights Resource Center (MHRRC). He is also a part-time Commissioner of the Malawi Human Rights Commission and has worked on a Human Rights training manual for Malawi police. Mr. Kaunda holds a master’s degree in International Human Rights law from Essex University in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Malawi. He was awarded the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Fellowship, which enabled him to do his master’s studies in the United Kingdom. He has worked for 15 years in legal and human rights advocacy and earned a Guest Researcher Fellowship at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (Denmark), where he worked from August 2011 to December 2011. In his Humphrey Fellowship year, he would like to do research on the topic of “Reconciling Informal Justice Systems and Human Rights Law: A Comparative Analysis of Malawi’s Search for Solutions and other International Informal Justice Systems.” He has interests in studying American Indian Tribal Courts and Laws. His motto is “bringing justice to every situation of injustice.”

Zohir Navjuvonov – Tajikistan

Mr. Navjuvonov works as a National Program Coordinator at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tajikistan. He serves as an advisor to the Chief of Mission (COM) on program development matters and on new trends and policies in the field of migration. He also has developed several project proposals including, “Combating Trafficking in Persons in Central Asia,” which received funding from USAID in 2010, and “An Assessment of the Exploitation of Children and Students in the Cotton Fields of Tajikistan.” Mr. Navjuvonov holds a M.A. in International Journalism and Mass Communication from the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Research in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Given his significant experience in various anti-trafficking efforts and research projects, he wishes to receive training at a professional level in order to gain additional insight into topics such as mobilizing faith-based and community organizations in preventing trafficking in persons; organizing information and advocacy campaigns against stigmatization of victims of trafficking; coverage of trafficking in persons’ issues in mass media; and provision of medical and psychological assistance to victims and their social adaptation.


Diana Quintero – Colombia

Ms. Quintero is a Law Professor and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Universidad Icesi in Cali, Colombia. Besides her academic responsibilities teaching Law and developing the academic curriculum for undergraduate students, she writes interventions for the Colombian Constitutional Court about the right to equality and the right to health, as well as writes amicus curiae for supporting local human rights organizations. She received her J.D. from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, and both her master’s degree in philosophy and a certificate in Ethics and Human Rights from Universidad del Valle. Since she has been working in education, Ms. Quintero has been focused on the promoting and monitoring of economic, social and cultural rights. She would like to focus on the right to health and on education for the conservation and promotion of environmental care. Although she has already studied the legal frameworks of the Inter-American System of Human Rights and the UN System, she wishes to gain more practical experience in the process of presenting a case. She would also like to attend seminars where the challenges of universal access to proper healthcare are discussed, as well as meetings with experts in the field.

Mustafa Uckuyu – Turkey

Mr. Uckuyu is a Senior Administrative Inspector at the Ministry of the Interior in Turkey. In this capacity, he evaluates human rights practices, standards of basic health services, compulsory education, and local institutions’ effects on the environment as part of inspecting local governorships. He inspects all bodies (such as governorships, municipalities, police, gendarmerie) under the Ministry of Interior and investigates allegations and complaints about their personnel on behalf of Minister. He is also a Resident Twinning Advisor-Counter Part and Coordinator for European Union Projects on human rights and political criteria. Mr. Uckuyu holds a master’s degree in Security Management and Strategies from the Institute of the Security Science, a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Institute of Middle East and Turkey of Public Administration, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Ankara in Turkey. As a new Humphrey Fellow, he is interested in learning the U.S. perspective on human rights, civilian oversight, the prevention of torture and ill-treatment, the prevention of domestic violence, and the protection of threatened people.

Mubarek Zeb – Pakistan

Mr. Zeb works as a District Police Officer in Kohat, Pakistan, and is responsible for the observance of human rights standards in police work. He also helps to manage infrastructure development and staff welfare programs. In addition, he is in charge of the preparation, execution, supervision, and implementation of the Annual Policing Plan that sets out performance targets for the maintenance of public order, security, crime management, human rights protection, community policing, road safety, staff training, general law enforcement, and development. Mr. Zeb received his L.L.M. degree in Criminal Justice from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom, and his M.A. in Political Science, his M.A. in English Literature, and his B.A. in English literature and Political Science from University of Peshawar in Pakistan. As a Humphrey Fellow, he would like to work with U.S. police to learn how they have integrated human rights standards into their policy and practice and how the same can be replicated in his country.