Julianne Cartwright Traylor today…

…and as an I-House resident in 1968-’69.

House Honors Leader of Amnesty International USA at 70th Anniversary Gala

Julianne Cartwright Traylor will be honored as International House Alumna of the Year at the 70th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Gala on April 27. “Ms. Traylor will be recognized for her dedication to human rights for every individual,” notes Executive Director, Joe Lurie. “She is a powerful voice for building awareness of human rights issues around the world.”

Ms. Traylor currently serves as Chair of Amnesty International USA Board of Directors. Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize winning human rights organization with more than 1.1 million members in 192 countries including nearly 300,000 members in the USA. She is the first African-American woman to chair the organization.

A resident of International House in 1968-’69, Ms. Traylor is a human rights educator, researcher, consultant and grassroots activist specializing in the fields of international human rights law and policies, the United Nations, and development and gender issues. She is a noted organizer and frequent speaker on U.S. and international human rights issues for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), civic organizations, schools, universities and law schools.

Ms. Traylor is a founding and current Board member of Human Rights Advocates (HRA), an international organization based in Berkeley and accredited to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. HRA provides assistance to lawyers in the U.S. involved in lawsuits in which international human rights law can be used effectively. HRA was founded by students of the late Professor Frank C. Newman, Justice of the California Supreme Court and Dean of Boalt Hall School of Law. Professor Newman was also an alumnus of International House.

Ms. Traylor holds a B.A. in government from Skidmore College and a master’s in political science from U.C. Berkeley. She received advanced training in international law and human rights law at the Boalt Hall School of Law and studied at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. As a consultant on domestic and international human rights issues, she has traveled extensively including leading the HRA Delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, held in China in 1995. While serving as Research Fellow for the International Human Rights Project on Human Rights Research, she lived in Oslo, Norway, for five years. She also studied in Geneva as part of the Ford Foundation International Human Rights Internship Program.