Marina Rakopyan, LL.M. IHR

Graduate Fellow
J.S.D. Candidate
LL.M./J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights

Originally, from Armenia, Ms. Rakopyan received her B.A. in Translation Studies at Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia.  During her studies, Ms. Rakopyan interned at the Ministry of Diaspora of Armenia, Yerevan. She also volunteered with Armenian National Olympic Committee as General Interpreter for World Youth Boxing Championship.

She then went on to pursue her M.A. in Human Rights from Yerevan State University and Tbilisi State University, where she was one out of ten students who received a fully funded scholarship from the European Union. During her time in Armenia, she worked closely with ‘Save the Children and ‘Sustainable Family,’ non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting the foster care system in Armenia and helping children in orphanages. She also did an internship at the Office of the State Minister of Georgian on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.

In 2016, Ms. Rakopyan earned her LL.M degree in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida.  She was the Executive Editor of the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review. She is a current J.S.D. candidate in the Doctoral Program in Intercultural Human Rights. Her doctoral dissertation titled “Rehoming of Adopted Children: Second Chance or Human Trafficking,” explores the dark side of international and national adoption, and the high risk of these children falling victims of human trafficking.

Ms. Rakopyan has worked at Americans for Immigrant Justice as a Program Coordinator for the Children’s Legal Program, and has volunteered with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese Miami for the Children’s Legal Program as well.

Ms. Rakopyan is currently a volunteer at the Society for Orphaned Armenian relief, co-representing the Miami Chapter.