Anoush Baghdassarian is a rising junior at Claremont Mckenna College. She is dual majoring in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in human rights. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and become a human rights lawyer.

Anoush’s passion for human rights arose from her Armenian roots. Since sixth grade she has been educating her peers about what she had learned was “the forgotten genocide.” In her senior year of high school at age 17, she wrote a play about the Armenian Genocide and directed and produced it in New York and California. It is now published and is being sold on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and in select book stores.

In the fall of her freshman year at CMC, Anoush was given the opportunity to work with CAST LA, a group of people who have been trafficked, to direct a show that one of the survivors wrote about her experience. Working with these survivors (who acted in the show) was a surreal experience, and led her to believe even more in the power of theatre as an educational tool. Not only does a production teach an audience about these issues, but it makes them feel something, and although knowledge is power, passion is what leads one to act.

This summer, 2015, she is interning at the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights, helping with asylum cases and international criminal cases.


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