Etant Dupain, is a human rights defender and advocate in Haiti. He directs Bri Kouri Nouvel Gaye, a community organizing group and creole-language newspaper that seeks to democratize access to information in Haiti. Mr. Dupain has been serving on the UPR civil society coalition’s planning committee since January 2011, and has been involved in questions of sovereignty and self-governance, and advocacy around accountability and withdrawal of MINUSTAH, the U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti.
Beatrice Lindstrom, BAI Legal Fellow, recently graduated from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root Tilden Kern public interest scholar. While in law school, she was a member of the International Human Rights Clinic and Executive Editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics. Prior to joining IJDH/BAI, Beatrice has worked on human rights issues in a variety of contexts, focusing especially on economic and social rights and the human rights obligations of the private sector. Her experiences include litigating human rights in U.S. courts and working on access to justice issues for the U.N. Special Representative on Business and Human Rights. Beatrice holds an undergraduate degree in political science and economics from Emory University. She speaks English, Swedish, Korean, French, and is learning Haitian Creole.
Sarah Paoletti, is a Practice Associate Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she founded and directs the Transnational Legal Clinic. From 2003-2006, she was a Practitioner-in-Residence in the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the Washington College of Law American University, where she taught a seminar on immigrant workers’ labor and employment rights. Sarah has expertise in international human rights, immigrant and migrant rights, asylum law, and labor and employment law. For the past one and a half years, Prof. Paoletti has served as Senior Coordinator/Consultant for the US Human Rights Network’s US Universal Periodic Review Project, coordinating civil society participation as the US went through it review before the UN Human Rights Council.
Nicole Phillips, Esq., IJDH Staff Attorney (Moderator) has always been passionate about international human rights and was so moved by the earthquake in Haiti that she left her career as a union labor lawyer to join IJDH in April 2010. Her practice included ten years with Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she served as general counsel to unions and employee benefit trust funds across the country, arbitrated collective bargaining disputes, and managed a case load in federal and state courts involving labor, employment, health insurance, and environmental regulations. Ms. Phillips has served since 2000 as a Member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Advocates, an NGO based in California with consultative status to the United Nations and has appeared before the UN Human Rights Committee, Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination and Commission on the Status of Women on various human rights issues. She first worked with IJDH in 2006 while directing the University of San Francisco, School of Law, Center for Law and Global Justice, Haiti and Dominican Republic human rights programs, which she continues to do. Ms. Phillips earned her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations, and her JD from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. She has lived and studied in France and Mexico and speaks French and Spanish (and is learning Kreyol).