IHRC - Who We Are

Clinic Faculty

Tendayi AchiumeTendayi Achiume is Assistant Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. She is also a Research Associate with the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand. The current focus of her work is the global governance of racism and xenophobia; and the legal and ethical implications of colonialism for contemporary international migration. In November 2017, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Achiume the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, making her the first woman to serve in this role.

Professor Achiume has directed the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) at UCLA since Fall 2013. Prior to her current appointment, she was the second recipient of the Binder Clinical Teaching Fellowship at UCLA School of Law.

Joe BerraJoseph Berra is the Clinical and Experiential Project Director at UCLA School of Law. His teaching and research interests include immigrant rights, international human rights, activist lawyering, and the rights of Afro-descendant and Indigenous peoples in Central America. 

Professor Berra has been engaged with Central America since 1981.  He is a member of the Caribbean Central American Research Council (CCARC), and served as executive director from 2004-2006.  He has collaborative relationships with human rights activists in the region and has worked with organizations of Mayan, Garifuna, Miskitu, Lenca, and Creole communities on territorial rights, defense of resources, and local autonomy.  Professor Berra also practiced domestically as a civil rights attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in San Antonio and the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin, Texas.

NoImageFoundTodd Schneider teaches Legal Research and Writing at UCLA School of Law and assists in teaching upper division clinical courses. From 2008-2017, he worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Prior to that, he spent six years with the U.S. Department of Justice, first with the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division, then with the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the Criminal Division. Upon graduating law school, he clerked for the Honorable John M. Steadman for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Fellow UCLA

Sarah KhanghahiSarah Khanghahi is the Promise Institute for International Human Rights Fellow at UCLA School of Law for 2018-2019. As a Human Rights Fellow, Khanghahi assists as a supervising attorney with the International Human Rights Clinic, which provides pro bono legal services to individuals and institutions seeking to advance social justice through a human rights frame. Through work on country visits, consultations and reports, she also supports the mandate of Professor E. Tendayi Achiume, who serves as the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

She earned her B.A. in Political Science from UCLA magna cum laude and is a graduate of the Honors Collegium. Khanghahi earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Critical Race Studies.

Project Supervisor

Kai FeesKyle (Kai) Elliot Fees is a visiting scholar at UCLA School of Law, a project supervisor of the International Human Rights Clinic, and a research affiliate at the Promise Institute. A 2018-19 recipient of the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship, Kai also serves as Research and Advocacy Fellow to the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Professor E. Tendayi Achiume.

Kai has provided research support to, among others, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, the ACLU Human Rights Program, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal and as a student director of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights.