Staff

Staff

Emilia Aguinaga, MPH

Based in New Orleans, Emilia responsible for designing and overseeing leadership and training programs for USHRN members. Emilia’s community organizing journey began with a campaign to fight coal export terminals in rural southeastern Louisiana. Her work expanded to climate justice...
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Leo Alicante

Based in Tulsa, Leo brings his technical and analytical background in energy engineering to shape the USHRN’s understanding and analysis of the future of the global energy sector. As part of USHRN’s communications, research and evaluation team, Leo advises the...
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Amanda Chávez Barnes

Amanda leads USHRN’s efforts to deepen national member engagement with frontline communities across the U.S and strengthen internal systems out of the Atlanta office. As an educator and organizer for migrants’ rights, racial justice, and education justice Amanda has worked...
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Emma Collin

Based in New Orleans, Emma works nationally to support grassroots leadership through collective human rights campaigns. She is especially interested in the intersection of ecology and economy, and supports USHRN’s Sustainable Economies and Energy Democracy (SEED) Coalition. Emma has a...
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Ejim Dike

Ejim Dike is the former Executive Director of and current advisor to the US Human Rights Network. She received her undergraduate degree from Berea College and a Masters of Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service...
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Salimah Hankins

Salimah Hankins is the consultant drafting the 2015 human rights status report. Salimah has worked in the area of civil and human rights for over seven years. She has advocated for the rights of low-income clients of color as a...
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Eric Harrison II

Eric is located in and a native of Slidell, Louisiana. He is responsible for engaging, connecting and mobilizing communities around sustainability and adaptation in the face of climate change. Before working for the USHRN, Eric attended Millsaps College and the...
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Catherine Labiran

Catherine Labiran works out of the New York office and supports national membership development and advocacy initiatives at the US Human Rights Network. Over the past four years Catherine has worked to advance human rights through her activism and poetry...
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Colette Pichon Battle

Colette Pichon Battle, Esq.

Colette works out of the Atlanta headquarters and leads all aspects of staffing and programming to advance the USHRN vision and mission. For over 11 years, Colette worked to advance human rights in the post-Katrina,post- BP Gulf Coast focusing on...
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Rachel Rivera, MS

Rachel serves as the Human Resources/Office Manager for the Atlanta and New York office and is located in the Atlanta. She leads the Administration and Operations Team overseeing office operations, implementing company policies, and supporting staff at USHRN to ensure...
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Vanessa Spinazola, Esq.

Based in Louisiana, Vanessa builds the work of the inaugural US Center for Climate Law & Policy to implement US and international climate policy recommendations connected to advancing the racial, economic, gender, environmental, cultural, and voting rights required to plan...
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Karmen Williams

Karmen is based out of the Metro Atlanta area and works with USHRN as its event planner, focusing on its Biennial Conference. She has over 25-years of driving solutions for clients through event execution that delivers strategic messaging, brand identity...
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Kenyi Yasin Abdallah

Kenyi is located at USHRN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and joins the Communication, Research, and Evaluation Team to provide critical support around USHRN’s annual human rights support, and membership engagement around CERD reporting. He helps to develop USHRN’s reconciliation processes...
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