Founding Members

Hamaseh Kianfar, Ed. D., Chair, has a doctoral degree in education with focus on Organization and Leadership, and a Master Degree in Counseling Psychology. She has worked, in collaboration, with Humanitarian Organizations such as UNESCO, UN NGOs, Amnesty International and others, developed programs to advocate for human rights with focus on women and children’s rights.

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Samiramis Behjat, Director of Membership, is currently a Payroll Director at St. Vincent de Paul Society working to break the cycles of homelessness and domestic violence. Samiramis holds a Bachelor of Health Science/ Healthcare Management degree and believes that sufficient healthcare is a necessity for all the children of the world and strives to find a way to incorporate her experience and degree. Samiramis has led several projects including UNICEF’s Trick or Treat Fund which raised fund for a Palestinian Youth Center.

Emily Hedges, Director of Public Relations/ Communication, is an early childhood educator in the San Francisco Bay Area and holds her Master’s Degree in Educational Therapy. Emily is dedicated to children’s rights and believes all children have a right to high quality education. Emily has helped organize local food drives and services for children and families in need.

Neda Ana Tejada Castillo, Finance Director, was born to Salvadorian parents and immigrated to the U.S when she was 5 years old. She is currently obtaining a degree in psychology and her specific interest lies in the welfare of children. Neda has started several projects including: collecting basic school supplies for underprivileged children in Central America.

Voices for Justice has worked with a number of international and local humanitarian organizations, including Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity and UNICEF, to support a number of initiatives in North America, Central America and Africa, including clean water access, AIDS awareness, immunization access, nutrition awareness, and educational resources access.  Voices for Justice members volunteer regularly in Northern California, working together [with various nonprofits] to provide free breakfasts and lunches and clothing during the summer for lower income and homeless children.



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