Friday, December 9, 2011

Guest Blogger: Lisa Reinsberg

We're very pleased to welcome Lisa Reinsberg (née Cowan, at left) as today's guest blogger.
Lisa is the founder and Executive Director of the Boston-based International Justice Resource Center (an organization on whose advisory board I am proud to sit). Lisa discusses the work and mission of the new Center, in the context of the needs of the human rights movement, in a 2-part series that begins with Part 1, her guest post below. (Part 2 is here.)
Lisa has diverse experience dealing with human rights cases, at the state, federal, and regional levels. Most recently, she was a legal fellow at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Previously, she had carried out a research project, funded by the Fulbright Program, on the use of international human rights litigation by Latin American nongovernmental organizations.
Lisa earned a B.A. degree in political science and communications from the University of California-San Diego and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Lisa dedicates her post to Blanca Jeanette Kawas Fernández (left), a Honduran environmental activist who was killed in 1995, in the context of attacks against environmentalists seeking to defend Honduras’ natural resources against corporate development. (image credit) Her survivors submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights a petition against the state of Honduras. Lisa writes:

In 2008, I was with Jeanette's family when they testified before the Inter-American Court, which in 2009 found Honduras responsible for violations of the rights to life, freedom of association, due process and judicial protection in connection with her death.

Today Kawas Fernández joins other IntLawGrrls foremothers in the list below our "visiting from..." map at right.
Heartfelt welcome to both Lisa and the IJRC!

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