Ido Dembin is pursuing his master’s degree in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University. He is focusing on the right to free speech in margins of society and the silencing of critical speech and conduct toward governmental policies in contemporary Israel. He is a Tel-Aviv University-educated lawyer (L.L.B.) with a background in international relations studies. Alongside his writing for RightsViews, Ido currently writes a blog for Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz aptly titled “Manhattan Project” and also writes for The Hottest Place in Hell and Saloona online magazines. Ido previously worked as a lawyer for several high-profile law firms in Israel, served as a policy adviser to Israeli ambassador to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris, and founded the Housing Department at TAU’s Student’s Association. He is a passionate political activist and writer who solemnly believes that, as Thomas Wolfe once wrote, “You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.” He’s not quite there yet, though. Ido can be reached on his Facebook page or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olivia Heffernan is a student at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs concentrating in social and urban policy and specializing in journalism. She works at The Marshall Project and the Justice Lab. Olivia is originally from Washington, D.C., but she has spent multiple years living abroad.
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