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 Human Rights Education Director of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) 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 womens 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.
Winta Menghis is the IAWJ's Senior Program Officer working to advance human rights and equal access to justice for women and children. She joined the IAWJ in July 2009. In collaboration with IAWJ staff and member judges and magistrates, Ms. Menghis develops and manages IAWJ programs aimed at developing the capacity of women judges associations on issues pertaining to gender equality, access to justice, HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and currently in the Middle East and North Africa Region. She joined the IAWJ in July 2009 after working at an immigration law firm as a Legal Associate. Prior to that, Ms. Menghis worked extensively on human rights issues related to violence against women with several non-profit organizations including the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Tahirih Justice Center. In addition, Ms. Menghis has worked in governance and anti-corruption issues as a staff associate of the Volcker Panel Review that assessed and reviewed the World Bank’s anti-corruption effort and specifically the Department of Institutional Integrity. Ms. Menghis earned an LL.B. from the University of Asmara, Eritrea and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law, where she was a Hauser Global Scholar.
Jane Charles-Voltaire is the Program Officer for the IAWJ project with the Haitian Association on Women Judges to promote Haiti's new Anti-Trafficking Legislation, as well as with the project in the Dominican Republic, coordinating with justice sector institutions in the Dominican Republic to improve access to justice for victims of Gender Based Violence. Jane joined the IAWJ in October of 2015 and is a Haitian-American lawyer, who has dedicated her work and education to advancing human rights, gender equality, community development, and environmental sustainability. Jane worked in Haiti for four years as local counsel, with a Haitian law firm, for the United States Development Aid Agency in Haiti (USAID). In addition, Jane has extensive on the ground experience through her work in the non-profit sector, she worked for two years with Viva Rio is an innovative Brazilian non-profit organization, based in Port-au-Prince, and implementing projects in the health, community security, education and environment sectors.
Linden Wait is our new Program Associate for the Middle East and North Africa region. Linden joined the IAWJ September of 2015 and is a native North Carolinian. She recently graduated in 2014 from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. During her time at UNC, she majored in Political Science and Global Studies with an Arabic minor, and studied abroad in Jordan and Singapore. She most recently spent 9 months teaching English at an Islamic Senior High School in Indonesia as a Fulbright Scholar. She is fluent in English and proficient in Arabic and Bahasa Indonesia.
Nicole Welsh is our new Communications and Development Officer. Nicole joined IAWJ in April 2016. She graduated in 2014 from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She majored in Anthropology and Peace, War, and Defense with a minor in Social and Economic Justice, and studied abroad in Singapore and South Africa. While at UNC, Nicole interned for several organizations that promoted women’s rights and social and economic justice in North Carolina, South Africa, and Indonesia. She most recently spent 18 months teaching kindergarten and preschool at the Yogyakarta Independent School in Indonesia. She is fluent in English and Bahasa Indonesia.