Ajinur Setiwaldi, a 2L, is at William and Mary Law to pursue a career in human rights and international law. She was born in occupied Eastern Turkistan and is interested in monitoring and improving human right conditions in oppressed regions, including Eastern Turkistan and Tibet. Ajinur studied political science and journalism at the University of Oklahoma. In addition, she studied human rights issues and international law in Turkey for a semester as an undergraduate. In addition to English, she speaks Uyghur, Turkish, and some Arabic.
Last summer, Ajinur had the opportunity to work for the Center for Legal Aid and Regional Development (CLARD), an NGO in Pristina, Kosovo. This summer, she will be assisting the East-West Management Institute in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The East-West Management Institute works to strengthen democratic societies by bringing together government, civil society, and the private sector – to build accountable, capable and transparent institutions. EWMI addresses complex challenges with practical, cross-cutting solutions. EWMI specializes in targeted, locally relevant initiatives that foster partnerships, and cross-sector collaboration, from assisting the state and local advocates in policy creation and reform to engaging in court administration, local economic development and technical support to civil society.