US Campaign for Burma

US Campaign for Burma

Dear readers and supporters of justice in Burma,

This website is now being used as a legacy site. You are welcome to read it and use it as a resource, to understand the past activities of US Campaign for Burma.

Special Note: For all of our donors old and new, we wish to extend our most sincere thanks for your support. We went through a series of technical glitches and problems when our institutional/foundation dried up, and have not been able to connect with you for some time. For that, we apologize. But, using our very limited resources, we will continue to work on behalf of all of the people of Burma for the justice and rights they deserve.

For current information, internship opportunities, and connecting with us in the future, please use the links and information below:

In gratitude and solidarity,

USCB team


USCB STAFF

Myra Dahgaypaw
Managing Director

Myra Dahgaypaw is a Karen human rights activist from Karen State, Eastern Burma. She was an internally displaced person and a refugee prior to resettling in the U.S. Since the age of 13, Myra has played a strong role in her community as an organizer and a human rights advocate.

Previously, Myra worked as a human rights advocate at the United Nations with the Burma Fund United Nations Office. Prior to taking on the managing director position, she fulfilled the roles of campaign coordinator and policy advisor at USCB. By seeking justice and accountability, Myra hopes one day to see a unified country at peace once the crimes against humanity and unchecked impunity in Burma are put to an end. Until that day, Myra will continue advocating international and U.S. leaders and policymakers to promote and support the movement for freedom and a genuine democracy in Burma, as well as to provide aid and support for human rights and humanitarian needs.

Karen Ames
Development & Communications Coordinator

Karen received a Masters in Southeast Asian studies with a focus on democracy, and women's rights in the region from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously worked with USCB as a multimedia intern. Karen helped bring awareness to the ongoing human rights violations on the USCB social media platforms, created case reports for the USCB website, and participated in various USCB events in Washington, DC. After leaving USCB, Karen joined Myra Dahgaypaw on an online project that provides information and guidance for Karen refugee youths pursuing higher education or trade school in the U.S. This project allowed her to connect with several youths from Burma aspiring to succeed in the U.S. as well as community leaders that wished to inspire the youths within the refugee communities to further their own success after high school. In addition to the online project, Karen is also a contributing author for the publishing company ABC-CLIO. Her latest work discusses the positive and negative influences of various technologies in different countries around the world.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Larry Dohrs

Larry Dohrs has been visiting, studying, writing and lecturing on SE Asia and Burma in particular for nearly 40 years. He has a particular focus on issues of business and human rights, protection of the vulnerable, and the right to an identity for all of Burma's peoples.

Stephen Dun

Stephen Dun is an ethnic Karen. Born in Rangoon, Stephen fled to Karen State for the Thai-Burma border when he was ten-years-old. After completing high school, he served as a teacher in a Karen school established by the Karen Resistance. He also taught basic survival skills to local populations in Burma due to increasing seasonal attacks of the Burma army against villagers. In addition to his data communications work for the BurmaNet of Burma Project, Open Society Institute, he advocated on behalf of the Karen and other ethnic peoples of Burma when he testified numerous times in congress. Since 2001, Mr. Dun has continued to provide direct service assistance to the numerous refugees arriving all over the US from Burma, particularly those in Seattle, Washington. Those activities include transportation, interpretation, obtaining documentation, culture awareness for both the refugees and the resettlement agencies as well as organizing the communities to be self-sufficient. He continues to keep the international community informed on the situation of Burma and has administered many humanitarian aid packages into the many trouble zones of Burma.

Eryn Schornick

Eryn Schornick is a New York State licensed attorney with a focus in international human rights law and humanitarian law. She is a policy advisor for Global Witness in Washington, DC focused on ending the harms caused by the corrupt and other criminals hiding behind anonymous shell companies, a worldwide problem also experienced in Burma. As a Senior Research & Engagement Specialist with EIRIS conflict Risk Network she led institutional investors in successfully advocating for the release of the “Reporting Requirement on Responsible Investment in Burma.” Eryn visited development projects throughout Burma and on the Thai-Burma border during serval trips. She met with affected communities and other stakeholders impacted by these projects to advance advocacy efforts requiring responsible business conduct in the country’s extractive and telecommunications industries.

Laurie Dawson

Laurie Dawson was born and raised in SE Asia and has maintained strong ties to the region throughout her life. She has particular interests in working with ethnic minority communities in both Burma and Thailand, offering support to local foundations across a variety of issue areas, and she has a strong personal interest in the promotion of restorative justice and prison reform.

Kristine Gould

Kristine is an advisor for strategy and policy in Burma, ASEAN, and Northeast Asia.

Yee Mon Htun

Yee Mon Htun obtained her Juris Doctor specializing in international law. She was selected by women Nobel Peace Prize winners of the Nobel Women's Initiative to lead the first-ever international campaign to stop rape and sexual violence in conflict. She returned to Myanmar in 2012 hoping to contribute to law reform efforts aimed at strengthening rule of law. She served as the inaugural Director of the Myanmar Program for an international legal non-profit: Justice Trust. After four years spent advocating for human rights and training farmers, human rights defenders and activists, journalists and lawyers to affect change, Yee Mon Htun secured a position at Harvard Law School as a clinical instructor and lecturer on law in the school's International Human Rights Clinic.