Jennifer Rasmussen, Director of the Asia and the Pacific Division, joined ABA ROLI in March 2008 following her tenure as director of program design for Global Rights, a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization, where she worked since 1996. As the creator and director of Global Rights’ Access to Justice Initiative, Ms. Rasmussen worked to develop human rights programs involving public interest litigation, legal reform and advocacy in various regions of the world. In Asia, she has worked on programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Mongolia, Nepal and Timor-Leste. Ms. Rasmussen holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law, specializing in international law. You can contact Jennifer Rasmussen at email@example.com.
James Brown, Program Associate, joined ABA ROLI in August 2013. He has previously interned at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, at CNN’s Beijing Bureau and at the Zhicheng Public Interest Law non-governmental organization, where he worked on international relations, human rights, rule of law and social justice issues in China. Mr. Brown graduated from the University of California, Irvine, in 2011 with a B.A. degree in sociology and a minor in philosophy. He speaks Mandarin Chinese. You can contact James Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vanessa Hunsberger, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in August 2013 after obtaining her J.D. degree from the University of Washington School of Law. Prior to law school, Ms. Hunsberger was a program coordinator for Population Services International’s China program, where she helped to implement an HIV/AIDS prevention program for injecting drug users. She also interned with ABA ROLI’s Africa Division and was a legal research assistant at Landesa, where she researched land rights issues. Ms. Hunsberger speaks French and Mandarin Chinese, and she has lived and worked in Cambodia, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Zambia and Russia. She received her B.A. degree in Asian Studies from Occidental College. You can reach Vanessa Hunsberger at email@example.com.
Victoria Martin, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in May 2013. She previously worked for Chemonics International in their Middle East Division, primarily working on programs in Egypt. She also worked on a grant program at the ABA’s Center on Children and the Law focusing on the use of closed-circuit television and recording technology in child abuse cases. She holds a B.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Virginia. You can contact Victoria Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Syma Mirza, Pakistan Program Director, joined ABA ROLI in September 2012. She previously worked as program officer for South and Southeast Asia at the Fund for Global Human Rights, where she managed grants and capacity-building programs to local human rights organizations in India, Pakistan, Thailand and the Philippines. Ms. Mirza practiced law for three years at DLA Piper US LLP in Washington, D.C., and earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She also holds a master’s degree in human rights and conflict resolution from the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University and completed her B.A. in international relations at Wellesley College. Ms. Mirza speaks Urdu/Hindi and has also worked with the Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy in Karachi, Pakistan. You may contact her at email@example.com.
Victoria Pratt, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI’s Asia Division in June 2011. Previously, she helped promote international clean energy cooperation through her work at the Howard Baker Forum, a public and international affairs affiliate of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. She has also interned for the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, where she worked on clean energy policy initiatives with China. She speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Ms. Pratt holds a B.S. degree in international politics: foreign policy and policy processes, and a certificate in Asian studies from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. You can contact Victoria Pratt at Victoria.Pratt@americanbar.org.
Sehar Raziuddin, Senior Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI’s Asia Division in April 2014. She previously worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs on programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. She has also held positions with the Middle East Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center and Public Citizen. Ms. Raziuddin earned her M.A. degree in comparative politics from American University and her B.A. degree in political science from the George Washington University. She speaks Urdu and Hindi. You may contact her at Sehar.Raziuddin@americanbar.org.
Cynthia Smith, Senior Program Manager, is an international affairs professional with more than 17 years of experience in legal and policy advocacy and rule of law program design, implementation and evaluation. Ms. Smith is an attorney with training in international comparative and human rights law and substantive experience in civil litigation, immigration and employment law, and administrative advocacy. She has coordinated national legal services programs in the United States for the nation’s largest legal immigration service provider and engaged in legislative and administrative advocacy on matters ranging from civil rights in the workplace to trafficking in persons and unaccompanied alien minors. In addition to currently working on rule of law programs in the Philippines, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands, Ms. Smith worked extensively throughout Latin America on rule of law programming funded by USAID, the U.S. Department of State and international donors. As the director of Partners of the Americas’ Center for Civil Society, Ms. Smith managed a multi-million dollar portfolio of regional and country-specific civil society networking, rule of law, transparency and local government strengthening initiatives. Throughout her career, Ms. Smith has networked, trained and provided technical assistance to government and civil society counterparts on migration, access to justice, anti-corruption and transparency, civil society participation, and network and coalition building. Ms. Smith holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law; an M.A. in Spanish studies with an area focus in international development from American University; and a B.A. in Spanish studies, with a minor in English, from Gettysburg College.
S. Gouri Srinidhi, Program Associate, joined ABA ROLI in August 2013. Her regional focus is South Asia. She speaks several Indian languages and has worked in women's empowerment, micro-financing, livelihood development and education programs in both India and Nepal. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from the Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis on development policy and bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. Srinidhi has had experience as a reporter for a city-wide newspaper and as a research associate for the Congressional Research Service, and she is actively involved in sustainable development initiatives in South Asia. You can contact Gouri Srinidhi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brianne Stuart, Deputy Director of the Asia Division, joined ABA ROLI’s Asia Division in November 2010. She previously worked as a law fellow for ABA ROLI’s China program in Beijing. Before joining ABA ROLI, Ms. Stuart served as a law clerk at the Massachusetts Appeals Court and at the Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser. She earned her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and her B.A. in Literature from the University of Dallas. Prior to law school, Ms. Stuart lived in China for two years and spent part of that time interning at a local non-governmental organization that works on HIV/AIDS-related issues in the region. You can reach Brianne Stuart at email@example.com.
Rebecca Rebecca.Vernon@americanbar.org, Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI’s Asia Division as a Program Manager in June 2014. She had previously served with the division as a legal fellow and consultant. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, she worked for a government transparency academic research project and has held positions at PILnet, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law and a large corporate law firm. She has also provided pro bono assistance to the ABA’s Center for Human Rights and the International Bar Association. She holds a J.D. degree with specialization in international legal affairs from Cornell Law School and a B.A. degree, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College. Her work has been published in Government Information Quarterly, Pace Law Review, the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law and the Federal Lawyer. She speaks French fluently. You can contact Rebecca Vernon at firstname.lastname@example.org.