Leo Nevas Human Rights Young Advocate
Marlow Svatek, a 22-year-old native of Tampa, Florida, is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa as a non-formal education volunteer promoting girls’ access to education. Her primary projects include student clubs and camps promoting gender equality, health awareness campaigns focusing on disease prevention, and income-generating activities with a local women’s association.
Before joining the Peace Corps in June 2011, Svatek graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami with majors in philosophy and international studies and a minor in French.
She has staffed UNA-USA student conferences in Miami, Tampa, and New York City to promote Model United Nations as a means of educating students in inner-city schools on global issues and human rights. In the summer of 2009, Svatek interned for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in Accra, Ghana where she researched traditional practices such as female genital mutilation and helped produce a report on the detrimental effects that gold mining companies have on the communities in which they operate. This report prompted a meeting of community representatives, the Ghanaian environmental agency, and gold mining companies to seek solutions to the human rights abuses in the areas of education, health, and sanitation.
She will be attending law school at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2013 and her career interests include international criminal, human rights, and humanitarian assistance law, specifically as these fields intersect with women's and children's rights in developing countries.