Student Leaders and Members

Benya Kraus (’18)

External Liaison

Benya Kraus is a second year student at Tufts University majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security. At Tufts, she serves as an elected member of the Tufts University Senate and the Allocations Board, as well as on the executive board of her school's Amnesty International chapter. Outside of university, she works as the Massachusetts State Legislative Coordinator for AIUSA and is a member of the organization's National Strategic Planning Committee. Over the summer, Benya interned at the Massachusetts State House under Senator Brian Joyce where she familiarized herself with the political process at the Massachusetts state level. Benya is also extremely passionate about women's issues and is excited about working as a Research Assistant with a Tufts professor specializing in gender issues in world politics. Prior to living in MA, Benya studied in Bangkok, Thailand for 4 years where she served as her school group's AI President, and worked closely with AI Thailand on issues such as forced evictions in Cambodia, corporate accountability, sexual and reproductive health rights for women, and the decriminalization of sex work.

Cassidy Olsen (’18)

Internal & Freshman Liaison

Cassidy Olsen is a sophomore from Toms River, NJ studying English and Political Science with a minor in Film & Media Studies. Having joined Amnesty International last year, Cassidy is excited to return as both Internal and Freshman Liaison to the Tufts chapter. Cassidy has a passion for film and values it as a critical tool for human rights advocacy around the world. When she's not showing movies with Film Series or contributing to the Tufts Daily, Cassidy stays busy working at the ExCollege, finding sponsors for the LUX Charity Fashion Show, and yelling about celebrities.

Emma Plankey (’18)


Emma is a sophomore from Oxford, CT. She is currently the Treasurer for Amnesty International at Tufts. This is her second year as a part of Amnesty, and her first year on exec board. This is her first experience with human rights work, but she is looking forward to a long future with it.