Mr. Kassarate is a Lieutenant in the National Gendarmerie and a Squadron Commander and Instructor at the Military Police Academy in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. As a Squadron Commander, Mr. Kassarate is involved in administrative management and the training and monitoring of new recruits. He instructs recruits on basic laws and law enforcement, as well as criminal investigation techniques. Mr. Kassarate received his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Abidjan and went on to achieve additional degrees from the National Academy of Officers and the National Academy of the Gendarmerie of Porto Novo (Benin). As a Humphrey Fellow, Mr. Kassarate hopes to enhance his knowledge of human rights standards and use that knowledge to incorporate human rights trainings into his work in the Military Police Academy. More specifically, Mr. Kassarate is interested in increasing military awareness of human rights and creating a stable system of human rights practices in Côte d’Ivoire.