January 31, 2012

The new group of interns for the 2012 spring semester has begun their work. They will be serving at the Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach (CCAO) from January until the beginning of May. Interns share in Columban mission of advocating for social justice and explore the legislative process with Catholic social teaching as their guide. This semester’s group offers a fresh and diverse perspective. We are confident that their work will help create a more peaceful and just world. Please join us in welcoming our spring interns by sending them a message at

Kathleen Sabol

Name: Kathleen Sabol
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
School/Major: Graduate student at George Washington University; master’s degree in women’s studies with a concentration in international development
Assigned Issue/Country Concentration: Communications & Media; Election 2012; Refugees, Domestic Workers; Burma & Taiwan
Most look forward to: Working with others who are passionate about actively creating a more just world.

Joanne Angbazo

Name: Joanne Angbazo
Hometown: Rockville, Maryland
School/Major: University of Maryland; Government & Politics major, International Development & Conflict Management & French minors
Assigned Issue/Country Concentration: Environmental Justice (climate change, water, genetically modified organisms); Britain, Fiji, Japan
Most look forward to: Experiencing her dream job working as a humanitarian/social advocate.

Kevin Butts

Name: Kevin Butts
Hometown: Montgomery Village, Maryland
School/Major: University of Maryland; Arabic Studies and Spanish Language, Literatures, and Cultures
Assigned Issue/Country Concentration: Economic Justice (Trade, extractives, debt, food); Chile, Philippines, Australia
Most look forward to: Applying her Spanish skills to promote human rights.

Sarah Perret

Name: Sarah Perret
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
School/Major: University of Maryland; double major in Chinese and Linguistics and minor in Spanish
Assigned Issue/Country Concentration: Migration (CIR, DREAM Act, Border, Lomas del Poleo); Peru, China, Ireland
Most look forward to: Using the skills and languages she learned in school in a place where her knowledge is valued and useful.

Juanita Abii

Name: Juanita Abii
Hometown: Houston, Texas, but grew up in Nigeria
School/Major: George Washington University; International Affairs with a concentration in African Studies
Assigned Issue/Country Concentration: Peace & Conflict Resolution (Nuclear arms, SOA, Afghanistan, Defense budget); Pakistan, Korea, New Zealand
Most look forward to: Expanding her knowledge on new topics such as the SOA and learning more from a Catholic point of view.

Upcoming Dates:
2/1 CCAO at George Washington Career Fair
2/21-2/22 CCAO at University of Maryland’s Career Fairs
2/27 Advocacy Call @ 9:30 a.m. EST
The Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach (CCAO) offers part-time Spring and Fall semester internships and full-time summer internships in Washington, D.C. and Omaha, Nebraska. To learn more about this and other programs the CCAO offers, please visit or call 301-565-4547.