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Roza Petrosyan

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Roza Petrosyan is a third year law student at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She is currently the Co-President of the Armenian Law Students Association and the Peer Mentorship Chair of the Women’s Law Association. She is also a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation and Latino Law Students Association.

Roza is a first generation immigrant and law student with a passion for international human rights law and gender equality. As a college student, she wrote an honors thesis entitled, “Voiceless Heroes: Female Resistance during the Armenian Genocide,” about women’s experiences during genocidal episodes.

Roza realized in law school that human rights atrocities happen closer to home. Specifically, while volunteering at a domestic violence legal program in her Glendale neighborhood, Roza was exposed to violence in intimate relationships, which she characterizes as "a prevalent and often life-threatening form of human rights abuse that endangers women’s lives in my own community." She soon found she had a means of realizing her human rights career goal by defending survivors of domestic violence. Roza states, "Working with survivors of domestic violence has been a transformative experience for my legal career. It demonstrates the ideal intersection of my passion for women’s rights and the necessity of contributing to women in my community."

Roza has also helped immigrants facing domestic violence pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). In her human rights law clinic, she has honed her knowledge about human trafficking and assisted a survivor of domestic violence to seek asylum in the U.S. When she graduates, Roza says, "I am certain of the direction in which I want to take my career. I know that I would be most fulfilled advocating for and defending women’s rights in the domestic violence context."

SOAR for Justice is privileged to honor Roza with a $500 Scholarship to help her realize her post-graduate career goal of representing victims of abuse.