Maryam Elahi came to Trinity College in September 1997 to direct the Office of International Programs. She was a leading force behind the establishment of the Human Rights Program at Trinity in August 1998 and became its first Director in April 1999. Ms. Elahi was formerly with Amnesty International (AI) for eight and a half years, over seven of which she worked as the Advocacy Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Europe in the Washington D.C. Office of AI. Prior to her tenure with Amnesty International, she worked with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in NY. Currently, she is co-chair of the International Human Rights Committee of the American Bar Association. Ms. Elahi holds a JD from Boston College School of Law, a Masters Degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Williams College. Ms. Elahi coordinates the Minor in Human Rights and teaches one of its core courses, “International Human Rights Law and Advocacy”.