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Sibley Hawkins

Sibley Hawkins

MS in Global Affairs
Alumna, Class of 2014

Very early on in my time at the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs (CGA), I knew that the Human Rights and International Law concentration was right for me—not much else matters in a world where everyone doesn't have equal access to the basic human rights to which we are all equally entitled. Things came together even more when I started learning about the field of transitional justice. I remember when we first discussed it in my international law course. I saw all kinds of parallels to the work I had previously done on restorative justice at an individual level. Through my course work, a field intensive on the topic, and my thesis research, it became clear that this was the path I wanted to follow.

Now as a program officer at the Gender Justice and Truth and Memory Programs at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), I have had the opportunity to work with a range of countries at varying stages of their transition from conflict to peace, democracy, and the rule of law. This includes places as diverse as Tunisia, Colombia, Nepal, and Cote d’Ivoire. We use lessons learned in these national contexts to inform broader, cross-cutting analyses on key issues. For example, I've recently been part of a multilayer research project looking at the diverse, often long-term ways the crime of enforced disappearance uniquely impacts women.

Beyond ICTJ, I've had the chance to get involved with a really great organization focused on peace and human rights education, headed by a fellow CGA alum, called Peace Project, Inc. I'm truly grateful to CGA for connecting me to so many inspiring individuals and incredible opportunities.