P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Kate Nahapetian, 1999

Government Affairs Director, Armenian National Committee of America in Washington, DC

Kate Nahapetian is an immigrant from Iran

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at University of California, Berkeley

Kate Nahapetian currently is working as the Government Affairs Director for the Armenian National Committee of America in Washington, DC.

Kate was born to Armenian parents in Tehran, Iran. Her family received asylum in the United States following the 1978 Iranian revolution.

Kate graduated magna cum laude from American University in 1994 and received a JD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001. She received a Konrad Adenauer Foundation Fellowship to pursue graduate studies in Germany

Katherine has worked on asylum and migration issues at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the German Council on Foreign Policy in Berlin. She was also a legislative correspondent for Senator Joseph Biden. During her law studies, Katherine documented cases of torture in Chile for the prosecution against General Augusto Pinochet and wrote training manuals for a human rights organization in the Gaza Strip.

Kate is the author of two published articles: 'Confronting State Complicity in International Law' in the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs and 'Selective Justice: Prosecuting Rape in the International Criminal Tribunals of the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda' in the Berkeley Women's Law Journal. She also worked as an attorney with the Community Relations Service of the US Department of Justice, which mediates ethnic and racial conflicts.

Kate and her husband Stefan have two sons.

  • JD Law | University of California, Berkeley 2001
  • BA International Studies | American University 1994
  • | University of Delaware 1989
Work History
  • Armenian National Committee of America in Washington, DC, Government Affairs Director
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