Staff

 

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I. Maxine Marcus, Director 

International Crimes Prosecutor and Investigator: Expert in Transformative Justice For Conflict-Related Sexual Violence. More than twenty years’ international criminal law practice in the field (Chad (for Darfur), Sierra Leone, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo, Ingushetia (for Chechnya), Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Guatemala, and Guinea) and in the courtroom (Special Court for Sierra Leone and ICTY).  Advisor to UN Commission of Inquiry for Guinea, OHCHR Fact Finding Mission for Sri Lanka, CAR Panel on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Peacekeepers, and UK PSVI Protocol and Global Summit. Maxine is a core Faculty member for Institute for International Criminal Investigations and Justice Rapid Response/UN Women. She is the founder of the TJ Clinic.

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L. Kathy Roberts, Deputy Director

Dr. L. Kathy Roberts is a U.S. lawyer and independent consultant based in Los Angeles, California. With more than a decade of experience representing victims and survivors of human rights violations and international atrocity crimes in litigation, Dr. Roberts centers her practice on providing respectful support to local practitioners seeking accountability for international justice crimes in their own country’s courts. With support from UN Women, Justice Rapid Response, and the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), and in partnership with the Transitional Justice Clinic, Dr. Roberts has assisted local practitioners in international crimes investigation and prosecution in Chile, Guatemala, Kosovo, and Tunisia. Her specialties include universal jurisdiction, foreign official immunity, and litigating international crimes in national courts, including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture, and conflict-related sexual violence.

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Jennifer Buchholz, Director of Operations

Jennifer Buchholz, MA is an experienced project manager with close to 20 years of human rights experience working with marginalized communities, human rights defenders, civil society organizations, security forces and government agencies to advocate for human rights and support system reform.  She has worked in London designing, managing and implementing international human rights and legal capacity-building projects throughout Asia, Africa, Central America and the Middle East as well as for OHCHR-Nepal and the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) investigating human rights violations and abuses and providing leadership on programmatic and administrative issues, guiding UN positions on policy advocacy and peace process-related concerns such as transitional justice, victim and witness protection, ethnic tensions and anti-discrimination while leading day-to-day operations.  In California she directed a child welfare reform project that aimed to reduce disproportionality and disparity of African American and Native American in the child welfare system.  She continues to develop and manage capacity-building initiatives in public child welfare agencies with a focus on system reform.

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Marie-Audrey Girard, Legal Officer

Marie-Audrey Girard is a Canadian lawyer working in the field of international law and human rights. She is acting as Legal Officer for the Transitional Justice Clinic. She has previously worked as a legal advisor for Lawyers Without Borders Canada (LWBC) for several years on the investigation and prosecution of cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and more specifically on conflict-related sexual violence as international crimes in Guatemala, Colombia and Mali. Marie-Audrey posseses a vast experience in training and teaching to a wide range of public in various countries, about  women rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law.