Meet our delegates in Geneva:
Melenie M. Eleneke, Community Organizer, Transgender, Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project
Ms. Eleneke is a 48-year old, Native Hawaiian mahuwahine (MTF transgender woman) is a transgender human rights & social justice activist, social worker, health educator, and HIV/AIDS prevention advocate. Her social work/justice education focuses on cultural competency & health/wellness in the transgender and Native Hawaiian communities.
Sylvanna Falcón, Assistant ProfessorConnecticut College
Sylvanna Falcón received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Sociology with a doctoral emphasis in Women’s Studies. Sylvanna’
s research and teaching interests include anti-racism, transnational feminism, and human rights. Sylvanna has published in the area of human rights violations against women in the US-Mexico border region and has forthcoming publications regarding global anti-racist discourses and feminist organizing. Sylvanna is currently a member of the faculty of the Sociology Department at Connecticut College and the recipient of the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Miss Major, Organizing Director, Transgender, Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project
Miss. Major is an elder 60+ year old, black, formerly incarcerated Male-to-Female Transgendered person. Involved in the trans community as an activist and advocate for over thirty-five (35) years. She is currently working with Trans-Gender, Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project to help end the negative impact of the Prison Industrial Complex.
Work: +1 415.252.1444
Aleyamma Mathew, Program Director, Women’s Institute for Leadership and Development (WILD) for Human Rights
Ms. Matthew is a long-time community organizer and advocate. Prior to coming to WILD, she worked at the Lhasa Kungshon Language School, a community development organization that provides language and job training to local Tibetans in Lhasa, Tibet. In addition, she has also worked at the Pacific Region Training and Technical Assistance Program for the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement to provide support services to Native communities in the Pacific region including Hawaii, Saipan, Guam and American Samoa. She is also the Co-Founder and served as the Program Director for 6 years of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development in Washington DC and worked on issues related to low income communities. At the local level, she also provided support for the Taxi Workers Alliance of PA, a multi-ethnic membership led workers rights organization that represents over 1,200 drivers in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Cell: +1 347.423.3463
Chivy Sok, Human Rights Consultant, Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) for Human Rights
Chivy has long been recognized as a leader on human rights and child labor research, education, and training. She has worked in several different capacities to advance human rights. Most recently, she served as the Co-Director of WILD for Human Rights based in San Francisco. Before moving to the Bay Area, she has worked at the Center for Human Rights at the University of Iowa as its Deputy Director and was appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Law where she developed and co-taught an advance research seminar on International Human Rights and Child Labor. She has also served as the Program Director of Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Human Rights where she directed the Human Rights Advocates Training Program. As a survivor of the Cambodian genocide, Chivy is dedicated to promoting education and understanding about genocide, particularly about the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. Chivy has done extensive public education through lectures, conferences, and workshops throughout the U.S. She is also dedicated to the advancement of children’s and women’s rights and serves on the Steering Committee of the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International, USA which provides support to courageous women in conflict zones who risk their lives to defend others’ human rights. Chivy holds a Masters’
Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Cell: +1 925.324.7769