Lisa L. Davis, J.D., LL.M. is the Executive Director for the IAWJ. Ms. Davis is an international human rights lawyer with over 20 years of global project management and legal reform experience. She brings to IAWJ her extensive experience in executive leadership of international advocacy and development organizations, in women’s rights, and in the design of strategies, training, and support for those within the justice sector and frontline human rights defenders. Prior to IAWJ, Ms. Davis was part of the executive team at Freedom House, a democracy promotion organization, where she advised the organization and staff on international legal issues, and as Director of Rule of Law programs, developed a signature portfolio of programs to support human rights defenders in over 30 countries—expanding Freedom House’s operations to 10+ overseas field offices. She served as Technical Director for two USAID funded global rule of law and human rights (RIGHTS) programs, leading consortia of implementing partners. In all of her international experience, Ms. Davis designed strategies to promote women’s rights, including drafting and advocating for new legislation, research and human rights documentation, and support of strategic litigation on women’s issues. Her previous experience also includes serving as a trial attorney at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and project director for two legal reform projects in Albania. She has led advocacy delegations before international and US agencies, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, US Congress and State Department.
Anne Tierney Goldstein, Esq. has been the IAWJ's Human Rights Education Director since 1993. She designed the IAWJ's Jurisprudence of Equality Program and has provided leadership for JEP training programs in Central and Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Ms. Goldstein spent three years as an attorney with the United States Department of Justice and two years Washington, D.C. office of Hogan and Hartson before entering the non-profit world. An expert on international law and women's rights, she has taught undergraduate and law school courses on women and the law, transnational family law, and comparative and international law of women's rights at Georgetown University, and George Washington University in Washington, DC, and at the joint Oxford-George Washington summer program in human rights in Oxford, UK. Harvard Law School selected her as a Wasserstein Fellow for the 2011-12 year; the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program brings outstanding public interest attorneys to Harvard Law School to counsel students about public service. The Program recognizes exemplary lawyers who have distinguished themselves in public interest work and who can assist students who are considering similar career paths.
Jeffrey W. Groton is the Director of Finance and Administration for the IAWJ. He has more than 28 years of experience in banking and financial administration, managing both for-profit and not-for-profit companies. He came to the IAWJ having served as the Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. National Association of Women Judges for 10 years, where his work was highly regarded by U.S. women judges. Mr. Groton graduated with a BA in Business from Salisbury University.
Nancy Hendry has served as Senior Advisor for the International Association of Women Judges since June 2010. During that time, she has managed implementation of the IAWJ's program on Naming, Shaming, and Ending Sextortion pursuant to a three-year grant from the Netherlands. She has a broad range of experience in government, the non-profit sector, private law practice, and teaching, as well as extensive international experience and commitment to women's rights. A graduate of Harvard University (cum laude) and Stanford Law School, Ms. Hendry served as General Counsel of the Peace Corps during the Clinton Administration, with responsibility for protecting the legal interests of the agency and its volunteers around the world. Prior to that, she served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the Public Broadcasting Service, where she handled a wide variety of legal and corporate matters. Her previous experience also includes legal work with the Children's Law Center, the U.S. Department of Education, and the law firm of Wald, Harkrader and Ross, and teaching as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. She was honored by the D.C. Bar as its Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year for her work with the Children's Law Center. From 1970-1972, Ms. Hendry served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in St. Louis, Senegal, where she directed a community center that provided health and education services.
Justin Margolis is our Communications and Development Officer; he joined IAWJ in March 2017. Born in Ohio but proudly Canadian, he completed his B.A. at McGill University and a M.Sc. in Public International Law at the Université de Montréal. His past mandates have been with Canada World Youth (Canada’s largest youth-serving international development agency), the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Legal Affairs and External Relations Bureau, and the Délégation générale du Québec à Bruxelles. He has also held leadership roles with the Liberal Party of Canada, where he helped coordinate LGBT initiatives in Greater Montréal during Justin Trudeau’s 2015 campaign. Having lived in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Israel, and the United States he speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, with additional competencies in German, Hebrew, Italian, and Portuguese. And yes, #HeForShe.
Jane Charles-Voltaire is the Program Officer for IAWJ. She is an attorney with 5 and 1/2 years of program experience. Since October 2015, she has managed two multi-year programs funded by USAID and the U.S. State Department in Haiti and in the Dominican Republic as well as a short-term technical assistance contract. For IAWJ’s program in Haiti, she works closely in program implementation with the IAWJ’s Haitian Chapter, the Haitian Association of Women Judges, to promote Haiti's new Anti-Trafficking Legislation, through trainings, outreach and coordination activities. For the IAWJ’s program in the Dominican Republic (DR), she worked directly with the National Judicial Training School and representatives from the Supreme Court Gender Commission to improve access to justice for victims of Gender Based Violence, including creating an accredited training course for judges. In March 2017, she began managing a new IAWJ program in Pakistan on “Promoting Gender Equality in Pakistan’s Justice System”; the program aims to provide capacity building for women judges and improve their working conditions, form a supportive women judges’ association, and begin to address gender bias in courts.Prior to IAWJ, Ms. Charles-Voltaire worked in Haiti for four years as local counsel, with a Haitian law firm, for the United States Agency for International Development in Haiti. In addition, Ms. Charles-Voltaire has extensive on the ground experience through her work in the non-profit sector, she worked for two years with Viva Rio, an innovative Brazilian non-profit organization, implementing projects in the health, community security, education and environment sectors. Ms. Charles-Voltaire earned her B.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Wesleyan University and her J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. She is a member of the NY Bar.
Priyanka Vakil is IAWJ’s new Program Associate. She was born to an Indian family in Kenya, and was raised in Nairobi before her family immigrated to Charlotte, North Carolina. She recently graduated from American University's School of International Service with her Master's in the US Foreign Policy and National Security program, where she concentrated on human rights and international humanitarian law. Prior to IAWJ, she was a research associate for the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) working with their Syria and Burma clients and an intern with the Norwegian Refugee Council USA, providing support with their M&E and grant proposals. She also was a public diplomacy intern at the Embassy of Peru, where she translated official documents and conducted research on educational partnerships. She worked as a program coordinator at her alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill for the Center for Global Initiatives where she organized their annual orientation on culture and ethics as well as piloted their Passport to GO! program, which provides funding for undergraduate students to obtain their first US passport. She then worked as an English language and culture assistant in Galicia, Spain through the Spanish Ministry of Education. Culture and Sports. She has experience in human rights and humanitarian rights with a special focus on internally displaced youth and children and access to education and mental healthcare. She is excited to be part of the IAWJ team where she hopes to learn more about how women judges can effect sustainable change for women's and girls' rights.