When people ask me what it is about Amnesty’s work that excites me the most, I simply say: “All of it. I’m passionate about it all.”
I cannot pick and choose which cases or issues most inspire me.
I am both horrified to hear about the crackdown on women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, and encouraged that Malaysian prisoner of conscience, Anwar Ibrahim, is finally celebrating his freedom after 20 years. I am proud of the work that we have accomplished so far on missing and murdered Indigenous women, and grateful that we continued to speak out for Bashir Makhtal, who finally returned home on April 21 after being wrongly imprisoned in Ethiopia for more than 11 years.
My journey with Amnesty started more than 30 years ago after visiting a campus display on prisoners of conscience from Central Africa. An overpowering sense of outrage compelled me to join the Amnesty group on campus instantly.
I have never looked back since then, and I remain deeply committed to Amnesty’s work today.