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Executive Director

Boston, MA

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Boston, MA, March 2004-present: Founder and Executive Director.

Established and direct human rights non-profit that prepares and disseminates documentation of human rights violations; collaborates with grassroots advocacy groups in Haiti and North America; and represents political prisoners and victims of human rights violations in Haitian, U.S. and international courts. Supervise programs for law student virtual interns and human rights clinics at several law schools, including Boston College, Harvard, Northeastern, University of San Francisco Yale and Hastings Law Schools.

 

Health and Human Rights: An International Journal, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA, Editorial Advisory Board Member, 2008- present

 

Whitman College, Walla Walla Washington, Visiting Scholar, January 2016

Taught interdisciplinary course on human rights advocacy, advised students, and participated in public forums.

 

Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program, Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA.
Fellow, 2005-2006

 

Brandeis Institute For International Judges, Salzburg, Austria, June-July 2004, Guest Faculty Member.

Created and led two seminars for judges from the ICC, ad hoc tribunals and regional human rights courts: “Complementarity Between National and International Courts,” and “International Courts and Constituency.”

 

Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, June 1996 – February 2004.

Managed office of eight lawyers and apprentice lawyers that helped the Haitian judiciary prosecute human rights cases, and trained Haitian law school graduates. Worked with victims, judges, prosecutors, police and national officials, and local and international NGOs. Involved in all phases of the prosecutions, including preparation of complaints, coordination with judges and police on arrests, trial preparation and policy advice to national officials. Supervised staff of 13, including lawyers, law students and interns from Haiti, North America, Africa and Europe. Collaborated with U.S. clinical programs working on the office’s cases.

 

Brandeis International Fellowships in Human Rights, Intervention and International Law, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

Fellow, 2001-03. Participated in series of institutes with activists, international judges, lawyers and diplomats. Prepared teaching unit for international judges’ seminar.

 

United Nations/Organization of American States Civilian Mission to Haiti, May 1995- February 1996: Human Rights Observer, Elections Observer.

 

Concannon Law Offices, Marshfield, MA, 1993-95: Lawyer, small firm.

 

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C., Boston, MA, 1989-93: Associate in litigation and corporate departments, large firm.

 

EDUCATION

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, J.D. cum laude, 1989

Student Attorney, Juvenile Justice Clinic. Member, Trial Moot Court Team, GEORGETOWN INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW, AMERICAN CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW

 

Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, B.A. cum laude, 1985, History and French

 

Université de Paris X, Nanterre, France: Exchange Student, 1983-84

 

PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapters
Lave Men, Swiye Atè: Taking Human Rights Seriously, in Melinda Miles and Eugenia Charles, eds. Let Haiti Live, Unjust U.S. Policies Towards its oldest neighbor (June 2004).

 

Paddling on Both Sides of the Boat: Cooperation Between International and National Justice, in Both Sides of the Bench: New Perspectives on International Law and Human Rights, (International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University, Symposium Projects, March 2004).

 

The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, a Victim-Centered Approach, in David Barnhizer, editor, Effective Strategies for Protecting Human Rights (London, Ashgate Press, December 2001).

 

Legal Journals
Democracy and Sustainability in Reconstructing Haiti: A Possibility or a Mirage?, Inter-American Law Review, Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2013).

 

Cheaper, Better, Longer Lasting: A Human Rights Approach to Disaster response, EMORY LAW REVIEW, Vol. 25, Issue 3 (2012).

 

Haiti: The Human Rights Struggle in a Land Without Oil, GUILD PRACTITIONER, v. 61, n. 3, (Summer 2004) (issue editor).

 

Libete, A Haitian Anthology (book review), JOURNAL OF HAITIAN STUDIES, v.8, n. 1, p. 170 (Spring 2002).

 

Justice for Haiti: The Raboteau Trial, 35 INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 641(2001).

 

NO RECONCILIATION WITHOUT JUSTICE: Significant Developments in Haiti’s Criminal Justice System, 44 CRIMINAL JUSTICE MATTERS 22, July 2001.

 

Beyond Complementarity: The International Criminal Court and National Prosecutions, a View from Haiti, 32 COLUMBIA HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW 201 ( 2000).

 

Justice in Haiti: The Raboteau Trial, 7 HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNE, No. 4 (Dec. 2000).

 

The Indus Waters Treaty: Three Decades of Success, Yet Will it Endure?, 2 GEORGETOWN INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW (1989).

 

Criminal Sanctions for Environmental Crimes and the Knowledge Requirement, 25 AMERICAN CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW (1988).

 

Newspapers
“U.S. Will Pay for Fraud in Haitian Elections,” Boston Globe, December 15, 2010

 

“Don’t Honor Tainted Elections,” Miami Herald, December 11, 2009 (co-authored with Ira Kurzban)

 

“Change Haiti Can Believe In,” Boston Globe, January 25, 2009 (co-authored with Dr. Paul Farmer)

 

Boston Haitian Reporter (regular column on justice in Haiti, 2004-present, available at www.ijdh.org).

 

“The Question Not Asked,” The Guardian (UK) (Op-Ed), May 21, 2007

 

“Justice, Not Charity for Haiti,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Op-Ed), July 24, 2006

 

“International Justice’s Prodigal Parent,” Business Day (South Africa) August 12, 2004 and The Vanguard (Nigeria) August 6, 2004.

 

“Let Voters Choose,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Op-Ed), September 22, 2003.

 

“La PNH en danger” Le Bureau des avocats internationaux (BAI) repond…, Le Matin (Haitian daily newspaper), coauthored with Mario Joseph, May 3, 2001, p. 1.

 

“A Step in the Right Direction for Democratic Haiti,” Miami Herald (Op-Ed), February 6, 2001

 

Online
Extensive writing for websites, including World Politics Review (2015), the Council on Foreign Relations (January 2011), New York Times (January 2010), Foreign Policy in Focus, and Center for International Policy

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Interviewed regularly for Haitian, North American and European press, radio and television reports on human rights and justice in Haiti, including the BBC, NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, CNN, and Al Jazeera, among others. Speak often to audiences at law schools, universities and other groups interested in Justice in Haiti.

 

LANGUAGES: Fluent in French and Haitian Creole

 

AWARDS:

Salem Human Rights Award, 2014 (shared with Mario Joseph)

Canisius College, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causae 2013

Rochester Coalition on Latin America “White Dove Award” 2012

Center for Justice & Accountability Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award, March 2009 (shared by Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti)

Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast “Friend of Haiti Award,” April 2005

Boston College High School St. Ignatius Award (for lifetime achievement), April 2004

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