Technology, Law & Policy Program Coordinator
Shakiba Mashayekhi, an alumna of the Human Rights Investigations Lab and former undergraduate researcher for the Human Rights Center has joined HRC as our Technology, Law & Policy Program Coordinator to provide support to our strategic litigation cases and other research. During her two and a half years at the Investigations Lab, Mashayekhi served as a student project manager, investigated human rights abuses in 13 countries, and supported the launch of our sister Lab at UC Santa Cruz. Shakiba attended the University of California, Berkeley where she received her B.A. in Global Studies with a concentration on Peace and Conflict and a focus on the Middle East, and a second B.A. in Philosophy. Prior to her current appointment, she was awarded the Herbert Jr. Scoville Peace Fellowship to work with the Protecting Civilians in Conflict Program at the Stimson Center. As a fellow, she researched UN peacekeeping operations and the role of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Mashayekhi also helped launch a project on the impact of mis/disinformation on UN peacekeeping operations, their mandates, and civilians. In September 2021, Mashayekhi helped lead HRC’s emergency Afghan Scholars Program after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, in collaboration with the Human Rights Institute at San Jose State University. She assisted Afghan scholars and their families with evacuation, immigration, and resettlement in the U.S. and abroad.