Why Human Rights? Human rights and sociology draw me like a moth to a flame. I agree that part of the responsibility of the free is to speak up for the freedom of others who risk their lives to speak. The world is more connected than ever which allows us to see into windows into other realities, some that are hard to imagine. When we look closer, we see that most people are not that different, and yet our differences make us richer. I was born in one country, raised in another, and became citizen of a third. I grew up in a Dutch household in a Spanish-speaking community while I attended an American school. I've seen different views of realities, and I think it has drawn me closer to humanity as a whole.