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CJA Staff

CJA Staff

Almudena Bernabeu
International Attorney / Transitional Justice Program

Carolyn Patty Blum
Senior Legal Advisor

Scott Gilmore
Staff Attorney

Rachel Hill
Development Director

Elizabeth Jiménez
Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellow

Daniel McLaughlin
Senior Staff Attorney

Marjon Momand
Development & Communications Associate

Felipe Navarro Lux
International Fellow

C. Dixon Osburn
Executive Director

Kathy Roberts
Legal Director

Nushin Sarkarati
Staff Attorney

Joninna Simpson
Finance & Operations Director

Susana Solis
Office Manager

Almudena Bernabeu, International Attorney & Transitional Justice Program Director, joined CJA in 2003. Ms. Bernabeu is the lead on CJA's work in Spain in the Guatemala Genocide Case and the Jesuits Massacre Case and oversees CJA’s Transitional Justice Program.  Ms. Bernabeu has worked in human rights and international law for over 16 years and has published articles on human rights litigation in national courts and its effectiveness in the struggle against impunity. She has also written on reforming Spanish asylum law and on the criminal legal reform in Spain.  Ms. Bernabeu has received many awards for her human rights work with CJA.  These include the Katharine & George Alexander Law Prize (2012), the Yo Dona Magazine prize (2012), the SCEVOLA award (2013), the Human Rights Hero Award (2013) by the Program for Torture Victims, and the medal of professional merit from the Madrid Bar Association. She also was included as one of Time magazine's 200 most influential people (2012) and was named by the Spanish newspaper El Pais as one of the top 13 most influential leaders in the Spanish and Latin American world (2013).  In 2011, Ms. Bernabeu’s work on the Guatemala Genocide Case was featured in the documentary Granito: How to Nail a Dictator that debuted at Sundance Film Festival.  Ms. Bernabeu is vice-president of the Spanish Association for Human Rights and serves as an adviser to the Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University.  She also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Peruvian Institute of Forensic Anthropology and the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation and is Vice-Chair of the International Human Rights Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  She is a member of the Valencia, Madrid and American Bar Associations.  Ms. Bernabeu graduated from the University of Valencia School of Law and is licensed to practice in Spain. She also was awarded an Honoris Causa PhD in Law from Santa Clara University.

Carolyn Patty Blum, Senior Legal Advisor
, was a key member of the legal team in CJA's El Salvador and Chile cases and is now working as a consultant for CJA. She is a Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. She founded the law school's International Human Rights Law Clinic which she directed from 1998-2002. She has been involved in a range of human rights policy and legal issues, including trafficking in women, the rights of migrant workers, and the protection of women and gay refugees. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, Masters of International Law Program and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Law School. Ms. Blum also consults with a range of other NGOs, including the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Center for Constitutional Rights on their Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative.

Scott Gilmore, Staff Attorney, rejoins CJA after graduating from the George Washington University Law School (J.D., Order of the Coif).  Before law school, he worked on communications and policy analysis for CJA.  Mr. Gilmore summered with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, as a law clerk in the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP).  At HRSP, he worked on the extraterritorial prosecution of human rights abuses and complex transnational crimes.  He interned for the Hon. Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law; and the ABA Center for Human Rights.  He was also a musician in the Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra and Black Ox Orkestar, and a writer and performer in Le Petit Théâtre de l'Absolu, a Franco-American theater company performing original work on armed conflict and historical memory.  He holds a B.A. in English and Jewish studies from McGill University and speaks fluent French.  Mr. Gilmore is admitted to practice in California.

Rachel Hill, Development Director, joined CJA in Spring of 2014, overseeing CJA’s efforts to develop and grow its base of support.  Ms. Hill has over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector.  Prior to CJA, Ms. Hill served as Deputy Director of Development at the Shanti Project, a direct service non-profit in San Francisco that provides emotional and practical support services to people living with serious illnesses like HIV/AIDS or breast cancer.  At Shanti, Rachel advanced Shanti’s various revenue streams including special events, individual giving, and foundation support, as well as their marketing and communications efforts.  Prior to relocating to her native Bay Area in 2012, Ms. Hill worked with several organizations in New York City including the Catalog for Giving of NYC, Center for Constitutional Rights, and Lifebeat-Music Fights HIV.  Rachel holds an MSc in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from New York University’s College of Arts and Science.  Ms. Hill is proud to work at CJA and to do her part to help achieve CJA’s mission.

Elizabeth Jiménez joins CJA as a Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellow.  Ms. Jiménez graduated from Berkeley Law last year. During law school, Ms. Jiménez was involved with the Students for Economic and Environmental Justice student run clinic (SEEJ), drafting sections of a complaint against the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for violating the bank’s own human rights standards and policies. She also participated in Berkeley’s International Human Rights Law Clinic researching community participation in the internal complaint mechanism of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation. Ms. Jiménez spent her summers at law school interning for the Human Rights and Business Department of the Danish Institute for Human Rights her first year, and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights her second year. Prior to law school, Ms. Jiménez worked as a labor and community organizer. She also spent nearly a year volunteering for a Colombian union—SINALTRAINAL—investigating human rights violations committed by Coca-Cola. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan with High Honors in 2005. Ms. Jiménez speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Danish.

Felipe Navarro Lux, International Fellow, joined CJA in the Fall of 2015.  He rejoins the human rights community after four years in private practice at Caracol Television, a TV network in his native Colombia where he worked on issues such as freedom of speech and privacy. Prior to CJA he attended graduate school at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he focused his studies on International Human Rights and Transitional Justice. While at law school, he was an active member of the Public Interest Law Group and participated in high impact litigation and/or advocacy projects on issues such as International Humanitarian Law, transgender rights and land-use regulations. Mr. Navarro Lux interned at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, received an LL.B. and a graduate degree in journalism from University of the Andes (Universidad de los Andes), and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School. He is licensed to practice in Colombia and is a native Spanish speaker.

Daniel McLaughlin, Senior Staff Attorney, joined CJA in the Fall of 2015. He founded Dejure Design, which provides visual design services to human rights organizations seeking to make their work more accessible and engaging. He previously served as a United Nations Legal Officer before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh and as an International Bar Association Fellow in the Trial and Appeals Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former-Yugoslavia in The Hague. Mr. McLaughlin taught international criminal, humanitarian and human rights law at Fordham Law School, where he was a Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights and Adjunct Professor. Prior to working with the United Nations, Mr. McLaughlin served a judicial clerkship in the Southern District of New York with the Hon. Robert L. Carter and was a litigation associate with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York specializing in sovereign nation litigation. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and has passed the California Bar Examination (admission pending). Mr. McLaughlin holds a dual-degree (J.D. and Maîtrise en Droit) from Columbia Law School / Paris I Sorbonne-Panthéon and a B.A. from Yale. He is bilingual in French and English.

Marjon Momand, Development & Communications Associate, joined CJA in the Summer of 2014. Prior to joining CJA, she worked in Egypt at the American University in Cairo’s Office of Communications as part of the Presidential Internship Program. She has previously served as a Communications Intern at the Enough Project, a human rights organization based in Washington, D.C., where she spearheaded a blog series about protests in Sudan and increased online engagement by managing various social media platforms.  Ms. Momand has also worked with the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she helped expand outreach and organize monthly workshops for journalists and communications professionals. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in Political Science, with a minor in Arabic. She is proficient in Arabic.

C. Dixon Osburn, Executive Director, has more than 20 years of legal and political advocacy experience. He was co-founder and Executive Director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a national security and human rights organization that spearheaded the effort to repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and end sexual orientation discrimination in our armed forces. Most recently, Mr. Osburn served as the Director of the Law & Security program for Human Rights First where he led efforts to align U.S. counterterrorism policies with the rule of law, achieving significant changes in policy and practice regarding Guantanamo, torture and armed drones. Mr. Osburn has published extensively and served as a national spokesperson in print, on radio and on television. He currently serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project, on the Working Group for the Halifax International Security Forum and is a Member of the Campaign Board for the Victory Fund. Mr. Osburn received his JD/MBA from Georgetown University and his AB with distinction from Stanford University.

Kathy Roberts, Legal Director, brings to CJA a background in civil litigation, civil rights, and social theory. Her work focuses on investigating and litigating impact cases on behalf of survivors of torture and other severe human rights abuses. Prior to joining CJA, Ms. Roberts led multiple class action and Unfair Competition Act cases on behalf of workers deprived of their basic labor rights, including the right to minimum wages and overtime. She has also worked as a deputy public defender. In addition, Ms. Roberts teaches international human rights law part-time at the University of San Francisco and serves on the Boards of Trustees for the Playwrights Foundation and Just Theater. She received her BA with honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1992, her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001, and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. Ms. Roberts is admitted to practice in California, and she speaks Spanish.

Nushin Sarkarati, Staff Attorney, is a U.S. lawyer who works on CJA's ATS/TVPA litigation in federal court, and is the civil party lawyer on CJA's case before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, where she represents Cambodian survivors of Khmer Rouge atrocities in their claims for reparations against the senior leaders on trial in Phnom Penh.  Nushin also runs CJA’s outreach program to the Cambodian diaspora in the U.S.  Before joining CJA, Ms. Sarkarati graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law and interned with the U.N. Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Chambers of Judge Illston at the Northern District Court of California.  In addition, Nushin spent a year externing at the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Sacramento, where she successfully argued and won a motion to suppress evidence under the fourth amendment, and worked at the U.C. Davis Prison Law Clinic, where she won a motion for writ of habeas corpus attesting the means of her client’s confinement. Ms. Sarkarati was also a legal intern at CJA.  Prior to law school, Ms. Sarkarati worked with several non-profit organizations, including Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa.  She received her B.A. in Philosophy from U.C. Berkeley with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.  Ms. Sarkarati is fluent in Farsi and is admitted to practice law in California and Cambodia.

Joninna Simpson, Finance & Operations Director, brings significant experience and expertise to CJA.  In her capacities as a management consultant and an executive director, she provided ongoing and project-based financial, strategic planning, board development, and project management services to nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs and law firms.  She has served as an interim director and manager and enjoys bringing her operational expertise to organizations with a compelling social mission like CJA.  Joninna also has provided leadership and pro bono contributions to the education and social justice sectors as a board president, treasurer and trustee.  She has a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

Susana Solis, Office Manager, joined CJA after working for ten years at La Raza Centro Legal, a non-profit organization in San Francisco dedicated to providing free legal services and advocacy to the Latino, immigrant and low-income community in the Bay Area on issues related to immigration and workers’ rights. At La Raza, Ms. Solis worked in a progression of jobs in administration, office management, finance and ultimately fundraising. She also served for seven years as an activist for CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador), a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting the Salvadoran people's struggle for self-determination and social and economic justice.  Ms. Solis is fluent in Spanish.