Our Team

As a young organization, Stateless Dignity’s team comprises a small but highly motivated group dedicated to advancing the rights of the stateless and refugees/displaced persons, to advocating for their safety and dignified treatment, and to accurately depicting their lives and experiences to empower them, amplify their voices—and ultimately, to strengthen the global human bond.

Stateless Dignity does not currently have any staff positions available, but we hope to in the future, so please do check back and keep in touch.  In the meantime, we welcome interns, fellows, and volunteers, as well as other voluntary contributions, such as photography, writing, news tips, or other submissions.  If you are interested in joining our team, please see our internship, fellowship, volunteer, and other Opportunities.  

Finally, if you would like to see our staff and programming grow—and, ideally, establish new programs to support other stateless groups—we ask you to please consider donating.  

 

Ashley S. Kinseth, Executive Director, Founder, and BOARD PRESIDENT/Treasurer

Photo by Leif Kennedy.

Photo by Leif Kennedy.

Ashley is an international human rights/humanitarian lawyer and freelance writer with global experience in statelessness, armed conflict/genocide law, and refugee/displaced persons' rights, particularly in South/Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.  Over the past six years, she has focused her work and studies on issues facing the Rohingya population.  Ashley was present and working as a field researcher in Myanmar's Northern Rakhine State—unbeknownst to her then, the soon-to-be epicenter of mass atrocities—on August 25, 2017: the very day the humanitarian crisis erupted there.  Following her expulsion from the region, Ashley published on the topic in various news outlets, including the Washington Post, Al-Jazeera English, the Dhaka Tribune, and Oxford’s Tea Circle, among others, and has spoken at such events as the Paris International Rohingya Conference, the uOttawa Symposium on the Legal Dimensions of the Rohingya Crisis, and the Los Angeles Convention on the Ongoing Myanmar Genocide—and in June 2019, at the World Conference on Statelessness and Inclusion in The Hague. To view some of her published works, please see our Journalism page.

Prior to these endeavors, Ashley also worked with several other international organizations, including the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, The Carter Center, and the International Senior Lawyers Project, among others. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School (JD), the Middlebury Institute for International Studies (MA), and New York University (BA), and is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, the top-ranked human right law journal in the world.  She has also previously published and spoken on Cambodian post-genocide reconstruction and peacebuilding efforts, including in the Women’s International Perspective and at the 2009 International Studies Association West Annual Conference on the Human Consequences of State Political Inaction.

To learn more about Ashley's work and background, you may visit her personal website and view her CV, as well as her LinkedIn page.  And to learn more about the experiences that led Ashley to found Stateless Dignity, please visit our Founder & Story page, as well as her aforementioned journalism.


David Palumbo-Liu, BOARD MEMBER

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David Palumbo-Liu is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor at Stanford University. His fields of study are literature, human rights, and studies in race and ethnicity. He is the author or editor of six books and dozens of articles which have been translated into Chinese, French, Portuguese, and Arabic. He has bylines in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Jacobin, Truthout, Vix, Salon, The Hill, and other online outlets. He is on the advisory board of the University Network for Human Rights.

To learn more about David’s work and interests, please see his website, as well as his extensive journalism on issues like Palestine, the Rohingya Crisis, and freedom of speech in the aforementioned outlets.


HEATHER A. EISENLORD, BOARD MEMBER & Secretary

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Heather Eisenlord is a partner in the New York office of RPCK Rastegar Panchal, a boutique corporate law firm that has deep expertise in the impact investing sector.  Her practice focuses on complex domestic and cross-border financings, many of which embed multiple bottom line objectives.  In this role, Heather advises borrowers, lenders, credit enhancers, investors, asset managers, and growth-stage companies in connection with senior secured credit facilities, project financings, program-related investments, mezzanine, junior, and hybrid products, and fund formation. She has advised on diverse transactions involving infrastructure, renewable energy, clean technology, public health, housing, agribusiness, franchises, funds-of-funds, and commercial real estate.

Prior to joining RPCK, Heather was the Director for Inclusive Development at the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), where she developed and managed global project portfolios that protected communities from potential life and livelihood harms associated with land-based investment and promoted expansion of the impact investing field.  She also managed a broader portfolio of human rights projects, which included initiatives focused on displaced populations and statelessness.  Her work at ISLP was principally located in East and West Africa, Southeast Asia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and the Andean region of Latin America.  Heather also previously worked as a senior banking associate in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  She also practiced in the New York office of Arent Fox LLP, focusing on public and real estate finance.

Heather received her BA in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy at the James Madison College of Michigan State University, and she earned her JD, with highest honors, from The George Washington University Law School.  She is a member of the New York bar.

For more on Heather and her work, interests, and background, please visit her LinkedIn page.


SangeetHa Yogendran, Asia-Pacific Strategist & Human Rights Legal Advisor

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Sangeetha is an international lawyer based in Singapore, where she currently works for the ASEAN Corporate Social Responsibility Network (ACN). At ACN, she focuses on Business and Human Rights, supporting the adoption and implementation of internationally accepted standards and norms, and in particular, the UN Guiding Principles. She previously served as a researcher on rule of law in Asia with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation, and on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief with Nanyang Technological University.

Sangeetha has worked in international law in various capacities. She began her human rights journey working at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia, where she continued as a litigation and transitional justice associate, helping to represent victims before the Tribunal. Once called to the Bar, she worked with Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on international boundary issues, and later, with the International Criminal Court and Interpol. Sangeetha has also spent time working in the occupied Palestinian territories on humanitarian law violations, as well as with Rohingya refugee communities with the UNHCR in Malaysia and with various NGOs in Australia. 

For two years, Sangeetha stepped out of her more legal roles to work with Save the Children, where she supported humanitarian response and emergency preparedness throughout Asia, and was deployed to the humanitarian responses for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the Nepal earthquakes. She now volunteers with Relief SG, a local humanitarian organization, and recently undertook a humanitarian mission to the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. 

Sangeetha is a qualified Advocate & Solicitor in Singapore, and holds an LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of Melbourne, an LL.B (Hons) from the National University of Singapore, and a postgraduate diploma in Poverty Reduction Policies and Practices with the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Currently, she is also pursuing an applied Master's in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution in Cambodia on a part-time basis.

To learn more about Sangeetha and her work, you can visit her LinkedIn page.


Elizabeth Renshaw, EUrope Strategist & EU Political Advisor

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Elisabeth is a MA student studying Anthropology at Universität Leipzig in Germany. Her thesis project examines the essentialization of Sinti and Roma communities by the Nazi-era German legal system. She holds a BA in Political Science, with a specialty in Environmental Politics and Policy, and a BA in Anthropology, with a specialty in Biocultural Anthropology, from Oregon State University in the USA. She has additional training in advocacy in the area of sexual and gender-based violence as well as cultural competency in emergency management.

She currently works as a student assistant at Ärzte ohne Grenzen e.V. / Médecins Sans Frontières and as a communications intern for the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture. She has previously worked with several charitable and academic organizations in research and communications capacities.

To learn more about Elisabeth’s experience and work, please visit her LinkedIn.


Hasibul Haque Imon, Volunteer ADVISOR ON SOUTH ASIAN AFFAIRS

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Hasibul Haque Imon is a Bangladeshi law student currently living in Dhaka and working as a legal assistant in a corporate law firm.  Imon has also volunteered with several social justice-oriented organizations, including the One Degree Initiative, which works to empower youth and foster youth-led development through community service. He has also worked with Amanush, which assists street people in need.  Imon firmly believes that it is our duty raise our voices rather simply ignoring what we don't like in the world. He is thus eager to set a new standard by becoming a practicing lawyer in Bangladesh and working to ensure justice for disenfranchised individuals and groups.  

Imon loves speaking and storytelling, and is passionate about one day becoming a public speaker.  He is also dedicated to making the cyber world more secure and accessible to users.  In light of these interests, he aspires to be one day become a politician in Bangladesh to help his own country, as well as to become an entrepreneur.

To learn more about Imon, his work, and his interests, please visit his LinkedIn page.


 
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