She has been active in tracking the human rights conditions of Palestinians under occupation for the last seven years with the Palestine Human Rights Information Center and with UNRWA. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the Birzeit University. Imprisoned several times on issues of human rights, Ms. Boullata/ Ayad have traveled extensively to deliver speeches on prison conditions in the occupied territories. Her goal is to contribute to or build a research infrastructure in the West Bank/ Gaza area to serve as the self-governing authority. As a Humphrey Fellow, she will concentrate on socioeconomic research, evaluation techniques and policy making.