Bios current as of 2016
Amy Cosimini joined CIC as a doctoral candidate in Spanish and Portuguese literatures and cultures and a human rights minor at the University of Minnesota. Amy received her B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies at Macalester College and obtained a master’s degree in Spanish and Portuguese literatures and cultures at the University of Minnesota. She previously interned with Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo-Linea Fundadora and the Fundación María de los Ángeles in Buenos Aires, Argentina for which she was the recipient of a Sullvian Ballou Award. Additionally, she served on the board for Building Dignity based in St. Paul, Minnesota and Lima, Peru. As a CIC intern, Amy developed a report focusing on innovative programs serving the needs of children with incarcerated parents in Europe and Latin America.
Dagmara Franczak (“Daga”) graduated from Macalester College in 2017. She is from a small town in North-Eastern Poland, and double majored in International Studies and Russian Studies. She also participated in mock trial. In the summer of 2015, she interned for a Member of the European Parliament Office of Jerzy Buzek, Chair of Industry, Research and Energy Committee. As a CIC intern, Daga collaborated on a report documenting initiatives of international organizations committed to improving the well-being of children of incarcerated parents.
Claire Hepworth graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she received her BA in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. Her past research experience includes an internship at the Center for Homicide Research and a year with Dr. Rebecca Shlafer’s team, where her main focus was on analyzing family drawings of children of incarcerated parents. This research resulted in her summa cum laude honors thesis, “Examining the Family Drawings of Children of Incarcerated Parents Through Ambiguous Loss,” which received the Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award at the Sociology Research Institute and she was selected for presentation at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations in November 2016. As a CIC intern, Claire collaborated on research resulting in a report and infographic showing how many correctional facilities fail to provide the public with clear information about how to visit an incarcerated family member.
Damir S. Utržan became a CIC intern while practicing as a behavioral medicine provider at the University of Minnesota Physicians Broadway Family Medicine Clinic and Phalen Village Family Medicine Clinic. Damir obtained a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Northwestern University and a doctoral degree in family social science with a specialization in couple and family therapy and human rights minor at the University of Minnesota. Damir completed his doctoral internship at the Center for Victims of Torture where he provided psychological evaluation and treatment services for survivors of politically sanctioned torture. As a CIC intern, Damir investigated and created a report showing how opaque and inconsistent visitation policies could be an obstacle to children who want to visit their incarcerated parents.
Brian Todd Wilson became an intern for CIC after receiving his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Minnesota. His focus was investigating how to integrate ethical theory and practice. He had worked with a number of organizations on issues including food accessibility and the rights of foreign workers. As a CIC intern, he created a video resource library.