I led the production of an international campaign called 30 Under 30, which focused on the outstanding work of thirty young activists around the world. Through this work, I had the privilege of interviewing and writing about prominent young activists like:
- Shin Dong Hyuk, who escaped a North Korean internment camp and whose journey was written about by The Washington Post writer Blaine Harden in “Escape from Camp 14“
- Maryam Durani, a provincial council member in Afghanistan and radio broadcaster, and an outspoken promoter of women’s rights despite multiple assassination attempts. Because of her bravery, she was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
- Glanis Changachirere, the founding director of the Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD), who promotes entrepreneurship and women’s rights in Zimbabwe
- Vera Kichanova, a Russian journalist-turned activist who attained a seat on the northwest Moscow district legislative council as part of a coalition of independent and opposition activists called Our City
- Anabel Navarro, a journalist and executive director of Un Mundo sin Mordaza, which promotes free press and self-expression in Venezuela. They recently launched the Tu Voz es Tu Poder campaign, which included a well-attended music festival on speaking out about censorship
The campaign was featured in the U.S. National Archives building in Washington, D.C., including a reception that featured guests from U.S. Congress, including Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner and other leaders from the House and Senate at the time. The campaign was also featured in international press from Morocco to China and within the United States. The campaign was a part of a fundraising initiative which raised nearly $500,000USD to promote human rights efforts around the world.