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Global Ideas, Local Impact

Global Ideas, Local Impact is the Duke Human Rights Center’s annual celebration of human rights opportunities at Duke and in the world. The event, hosted by the Student Advisory Board, includes a Research Slam, where students present their human rights research conducted throughout the school year, and an alumni panel, where alumni working in different fields related to human rights share their experiences and advice about human rights work. Global Ideas, Local Impact will take place on March 27th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room (Rubinstein Library 153). Food will be provided.







James Tager, Duke University BA 2009, Harvard Law School JD 2013

James Tager is the deputy director of Free Expression Research and Policy at PEN America, where he manages the organization’s research and advocacy surrounding free expression and press freedom domestically and internationally. Tager previously worked with the International Commission of Jurists—Asia & Pacific Program, first as a Satter Human Rights Fellow and subsequently as an International Associate Legal Advisor, reporting on business and human rights issues including LGBT rights, environmental rights, and participatory rights for marginalized communities. Before that, he was a 2013-2014 Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellow, researching civil society responses to the developing human rights framework within ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations). He has lived and worked in Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia.

Tager holds a BA from Duke University and a JD from Harvard Law School.




Damjan Denoble, Duke University BA 2009, University of Michigan JD/MA 2014

Damjan Denoble is an immigration attorney and civ-tech app developer. He works as the Executive Director at Mi Maletin, a legal organization helping pioneer the development of tech-supported immigration legal defense. In 2016, he founded Bull City Lawyer, a private law firm that has a three-pronged focus on education, local advocacy, and vigorous representation. He manages a Youtube Channel “Immi Great”, which provides information on navigating the immigration process. Prior to his work in Durham, Denoble held a career as a business consultant and legal counsel in Asia, including studying the healthcare economies of Vietnam and Myanmar and the senior care market in China.

Denoble holds a BA from Duke University and a JD/MA in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan.


Karen Stauss, Duke University BA 1996, Columbia JD 2002

Karen Stauss is senior policy counsel for the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.  She is the former director of programs for Free the Slaves, where she oversaw the organization’s community-based anti-trafficking programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal, Haiti, Brazil, India, and Nepal. Prior to this position, she as the Managing Attorney of Polaris Project, managing the provision of legal services to survivors of human trafficking and directing the organization’s policy advocacy efforts. Before joining Polaris Project, she opened and operated the Human Rights Watch field office in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  

Stauss holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a JD from Columbia Law School.


March 27, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Rubenstein 153 (Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room)
Campus Dr.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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