Contributors

Carmen Cita
Editor-in-Chief

Ever fascinated by my fellow humans, both locally and globally, my passions span issues of social justice, human rights, politics, culture and community. Since earning my journalism stripes at the University of Sydney, I have written on these topics for various Australian publications, including City Hub, The Guardian and The Bondi View. Technically, I am a dual citizen (of Australia and the United States). Essentially, I consider myself a global citizen with a shared responsibility for the future wellbeing of the planet and the people scattered across it. As a journo, raconteur, and occasional rabble-rouser, I do what I can to right wrongs and write rights. It was Hip Hop that got me into this beautiful mess of caring deeply about social justice: the collective voice of the disenfranchised, expressed in cleverly crafted rhymes and metaphors, booming from a souped-up sound system. For me, those recurrent themes of social inequality and injustice grew into an obsession that goes way beyond the speakers. When I see evidence of human rights being compromised, in any place and on any scale, I feel an innate sense of duty to be a part of the solution.

Aykut Ozal
Social Media Coordinator

I don’t like seeing injustices occur in the world that we live in. It is astounding to me that even with the advantage of a retrospective viewpoint we are yet to achieve equality for humankind. For as long as I can remember I had wondered what I could do to actively promote human rights. I decided to combine my passion for human rights with my aptitude for communications. As the social media and marketing coordinator for AM-UNITY I am able to spread the word on how we can all make a positive change and stand together in solidarity for human rights on a global level.

Vanessa De La Garza
Creative Director

Aside for my love of design I am also a big supporter of human rights. I was first exposed as a young teenager to the inequalities that exist in this world when volunteering to take donations to an orphanage in Mexico. This humbling experience gave me the push to give back from an early age. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Business from California State University Dominguez Hills and shortly after made my way to Australia, where I completed a Certificate IV in Design. After I completed my course I was looking for a way I could give back and for a cause that I felt strongly for. I was given the opportunity at bringing AM-UNITY Magazine to life. At the start it was a whirlwind of information overload but once we were done with the first edition I had a great sense of satisfaction. This ongoing project has been exciting to be a part of and a great team to be on.

Claudia Bailey
Writer
I am a curious questioner who has often wondered, why are there injustices in the world? Shortly, over the space of a few high-school years, this question turned from why into how can I help to overcome these injustices? Since re-framing the question, I have travelled, lived and interned in Timor-Leste three times, working or visiting different programs around maternal and child health, food security and women’s and children’s violence prevention. I am in my third year of International Development at the University of Adelaide and I have also been studying Tetun, the national language of Timor-Leste for the past year and a half. I have always loved writing, especially on my own blog where I share stories from my travels abroad. I felt encouraged when I became a part of the team at AM-UNITY as there are so many other young people voicing their opinions and sharing stories that need to be told. 
Sophie Boustead
Writer

I am a Monash journalism graduate and ex-Amnesty International intern. My interest in human rights was sparked at the age of 11, after a school trip to Melbourne's immigration museum. Since then I have struggled to come to terms with Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. I am passionate about human rights and currently work in disability advocacy.

Elnaz Derakhshandeh
Writer
Human rights is my passion and drive in life, along with travel. I am working everyday towards making the world a peaceful and more justified place through education, exploration, and volunteering abroad. Through daily research and education I try to better myself to become more equipped to help those in need, and through story telling and the written word I try to encourage others to do what they can to help alleviate the world of some of it's tribulations. Being a part of AM-UNITY has been an uplifting experience, and being around those who also take strides in changing the world and believe in the importance of human rights advocacy is a dream come true. I feel inspired within this environment and am grateful to be part of such a talented group. 
 
Grace Elkins
Writer
I am passionate about social and environmental justice. I write because I believe that we have the capacity to bring about a more just, peaceful, equitable and sustainable world by increasing the awareness and understanding of the injustices rife in the modern world. I am an undergraduate student at the Australian National University, in my third year of a degree in International Relations. I am unashamedly idealistic and believe that a group of passionate and dedicated humans can bring about change for the better. I became involved with AM-UNITY because of the opportunity to communicate injustice and promote discussion about how to correct these injustices. 
 
Chloe Han
Writer
Isabella Fernandez
Writer
Lucy Howard-Robbins
Writer

Since conversations around the dinner table as a child, I’ve had an interest in politics and human rights issues. This led me to study International Relations at La Trobe University where it became clear that human rights was my passion. While there, I completed an internship with the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. Then, while spending my version of a gap year studying a Graduate Diploma of Writing at Swinburne University, I sought a way to combine my loves of human rights and writing and I found myself part of the founding team of AM-UNITY. It’s been a fantastic experience to be part of Amnesty International and the magazine has provided abundant opportunities for learning, challenges and new friends.

Thais Sabino
Thaís Sabino
Writer

I chose Journalism for my life because I wish to make a difference and use my words to fight for a better world. I have been passionate about human rights for as long as I can remember and I advocate for them by writing. I've pursued cases of human rights violations and reported them for various publications in Brazil, where I am originally from. After completing my Bachelor of Journalism, in 2009, I researched human behaviour in mass society for two years, followed Brazilian political protests and interviewed people from minority communities. The study gave rise to a book and to my Master degree in Semiotics Psychoanalytics. In 2016 I moved to Australia, where I want to continue on my path, so being a part of AM-UNITY is an honour. 

Emily Williamson
Writer

My passion for human rights began as an early teen, just after my first 40 hour famine. This experience was incredibly eye opening and the ignition I needed to get into activism. From there I have volunteered with a range of organisations including World Vision, Oaktree and Amnesty International. I completed my Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Journalism and International Relations at Deakin with the hope that I could expose injustice and arm people with knowledge. Since then, however, I decided to take a more hands on approach in effecting change and have completed a Master of International and Community Development at Deakin. When I was asked to help create and then manage AM-UNITY Magazine I jumped at the chance. Although it has been a demanding and challenging role I have loved every minute of it and feel privileged to be a part of such an amazing project.