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Featured Alumna: Yu Kanosue ’04

Yu Kanosue Since graduating from King Hall in 2004, Yu Kanosue has enjoyed a successful career in the United Nations organization. She passed the U.N. National Competitive Examination in Human Rights in 2006, and now serves as Associate Social Affairs Officer at the Social Development Division of ESCAP, the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, in Bangkok, Thailand. Yu recently received word of her next posting: in June of this year, she will become a Human Rights Officer for the U.N. Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, serving in its country office in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Yu long has dedicated herself to human rights. At King Hall, she earned the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award  for her work with the detention project of the Immigration Law Clinic, a CILC Affiliate. Yu also assisted Professor James F. Smith, a CILC Faculty Council member, in his deportation defense and asylum application practice. During her studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she earned a B.A. in international relations, political science, and history, she worked in a domestic violence shelter that aided the area's Asian migrant worker community.

Born and raised in Japan, Yu is fluent in Japanese and English, and continues her study of French, Nepali, and Burmese.

While in law school Yu prepared for her career in international human rights by taking Public International Law, Human Rights Law, and Comparative Law, as well as specialized courses such as Labor & the Global Economy and Feminist Legal Theory. She writes:

I received excellent preparation at King Hall for an international legal career. It prepared me well at the theoretical level, and the professors were inspirational role models. King Hall also provided me with the opportunity to learn human aspects of legal practice. I will never forget the life stories and endeavors of the victims of human rights violations with whom I worked in the clinical program. They remain my clients in my heart, reminding me of what human rights work is all about.