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2014 Recipient

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The Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies awarded the 2014 Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize to Cornell senior Caroline Emberton

She was a graduating senior in the honors program in the Department of Government, College of Arts and Sciences.  Her honors thesis deals with enforcement of human trafficking laws in OECD countries. At Cornell she was involved in human rights and women’s issues. She was the Campus Ambassador for the Half the Sky Movement and founded Cornell’s chapter of Network for Enlightened Women. She was also on the Worlds Debate Team in the Cornell Forensics Society for three years and was a member of the CRU Fellowship and Sphinx Head Senior Honor Society.

She worked two summers for the Washington State Office of the Attorney General researching state and federal trafficking policy; then for a summer she worked in Washington, DC at the US Department of State in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; and in the summer of 2013 she interned at the U.S. Department of State in Geneva, Switzerland at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations assisting the U.S. delegation during the 23rd Human Rights Council.

Emberton planned to pursue a career in law or public policy, with a focus on human rights issues. She had no specific plans following graduation, but she intended to work for a non-profit or organization and focus on government relations or conduct research on humanitarian law.

The Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize in Peace Studies is awarded annually to Cornell University graduating seniors to encourage them to pursue work or study in fields related to peace studies and conflict resolution.  Caroline Emberton exemplifies the kind of student the Freemans hoped to recognize and honor through the establishment of the endowment.