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About Rights and Refuge

Welcome to Rights and Refuge, a magazine that highlights student voices on immigration, migration, and asylum-related topics.

Our new platform is designed with an interdisciplinary lens in mind. Rights and Refuge resides at the intersection of public health, international studies, and an analysis of the local policy decisions being made in our state, California. Our writers hail from a vast array of academic backgrounds, particularly from majors associated with a pre-med or pre-law track at UCLA. This mix of foundations is purposeful in an attempt to reconceptualize migration issues as public health dilemmas, and to advocate for greater access to healthcare for marginalized peoples on state, national, and international levels. We encourage our writers to contribute their unique opinions and experiences on such grave situations, and we are excited to share our work with you.

If you are interested in becoming a staff writer or contributing a guest article, please click on the APPLY link below.

Meet the Staff

Annabelle Werner Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Annabelle is a fourth-year at UCLA majoring in political science, international development studies, and human rights and international legal studies. She hopes R & R will continue to be a vibrant student platform that discusses topics of migration from many angles while also showcasing students’ impressive passion, understanding, and discourse on these pertinent topics.

Fun Fact about Annabelle: she’s addicted to oat milk lattes and rewatching Suits.

Teresa “Terri” Arsinian Staff Writer

Terri is a sociology major at UCLA who wants to write for R&R because she has always loved to write and social justice is incredibly important to her. So, when she discovered Rights & Refuge, she felt that it would be the perfect opportunity for me to be a part of a team with like-minded people. 

A fun fact about Terri: she’s left handed!

Shail Patel  Staff Writer

Shail Patel is a first-year at UCLA majoring in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics. He is excited to write for Rights and Refuge and believes the value of migration lies in the fact that it is perpetual. There always exist better opportunities and new social offerings. Thus, studying and making this process more effective, through an understanding of medicine, can result in more lives saved and prosperous future generations.

Mina Kreutzer Joo Staff Writer

Mina is a fourth year Anthropology Major (Medical Anthropology Concentration) and Global Health Minor. As a pre-health student, she writes about topics concerning structural violence, social determinants of health, international human rights, and epigenetics. 

Juwayriah Hasan Staff Writer

Juwayriah Hasan is a recent graduate from UCLA with a degree in political science and a minor in history. She has an interest in pursuing a career in law, specifically in the field of international human rights law. When she heard about Rights and Refuge, she found it to be a perfect opportunity to be able to amplify topics surrounding human rights and how structural inequalities play a role in the migration issues today. Juwayriah hopes she can contribute to ongoing discourse surrounding migration issues and advocate for marginalized communities globally. 

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