National Youth Action Committee

The next generation of human rights leadership

Our National Youth Action Committee helps build a youth movement for human rights in the United States.

The Committee is based on the idea that youth activists are critical leaders – and that our entire movement is stronger with young, diverse, empowered leadership.

There are five representatives on the Committee – one from each region of the county, all of whom work at both the regional and national levels to engage youth in our work.

Ambar Martin

Ambar is a third-year anthropology and international affairs major from Caracas, Venezuela. At age nine, she and her family immigrated to the U.S. That experience fostered a deep interest in human rights. FSU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) gave Ambar the opportunity to study the Close the School of the Americas movement. She presented her research on that topic at Florida’s Undergraduate Research Conference in Tampa. Ambar is the co-director of Amnesty’s FSU chapter and southern representative of the National Youth Action Committee. Last summer she was selected for AIUSA’s Human Rights Leadership Institute and was an intern for their Security with Human Rights Program. Currently, Ambar is a legal research intern for a civil rights firm in Tallahassee that focuses on prison abuse and excessive force cases. She also is completing an honors thesis on U.S asylum policy and, upon graduation, she plans to attend law school so that she can do pro bono representation for asylum seekers facing immigration detention.

Sam Steed

Sam has been an Amnesty member since 2010 and has filled many different roles in the organization.  He’s been a group coordinator, intern, spent 5 years as a Student Activist Coordinator, and currently serves as the Virginia Legislative Coordinator in addition to his NYAC duties. He founded the National Day of Legislative Action, an AI legislative initiative designed to bring youth members from multiple states and regions to lobby in Washington DC in a large group. He has worked extensively on many amnesty issues including the arms trade, violence against women, solitary confinement reform, and refugee rights.  He is currently a student at the College of William and Mary studying Government and Chinese.

Mariam Elmagrissy

Mariam is an Arab woman, refugee advocate and activist from Cairo, Egypt, with a focus on refugee rights and resettlement. She dipped her toe into activism in the midst of the Egyptian revolution and then continued her advocacy in Berkeley, California, and the Greek islands. In Greece, she has engaged in field work on the refugee hotspots, assisting with the provision of legal assistance to refugee arrivals from Turkey. In Berkeley, she focuses her time on working with local Amnesty activists to push support for refugee through different paths – legislation, narrative-telling, and direct action. Currently, she is based in New York, researching on police brutality and continuing refugee advocacy, but her heart looks towards Egypt.

Elias Tyrell-Walker (Eli)

Eli is currently a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, and has been a Student Activist Coordinator for the North-East for one and a half years. Yet he has been involved in human rights work for as long as anyone can remember, making an effort to push forth rights campaigns and initiatives in his region. He has leveraged his involvement with on-campus political initiatives to spearhead a human rights message and believes in youth movement with the vivacity of a white-tailed deer (go New Hampshire!).

Oliver Hidalgo-Wohlleben

Oliver Hidalgo-Wohlleben is a proud Cedar Rapids native, a recent University of Iowa graduate, and OFA and HFA alum. He was the 2016 Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellow where he conducted research on gun violence as a human rights crisis with The New York Times editorialist Nick Kristof as an advisor. He’s now part of The Soze Agency, working to tackle the challenges of tomorrow through art, politics, and advocacy.