Focus On Haiti Bios

Beatrice Lindstrom., Esq., IJDH Staff Attorney, joined the team in September 2010 as a Lawyers’ Earthquake Response Network (LERN) Fellow at the BAI. While in Haiti, she managed grassroots participation in the Universal Periodic Review and contributed to the Health and Human Rights in Prisons Project and the Housing Rights Advocacy Project. As a Staff Attorney with IJDH, Beatrice works primarily on litigation seeking accountability from the U.N. for its role in causing Haiti’s cholera outbreak. Prior to join­ing BAI/IJDH, Beat­rice worked on eco­nomic and social rights and the human rights oblig­a­tions of the pri­vate sec­tor in a variety of contexts.  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 is a graduate of New York Uni­ver­sity School of Law, where she was a Root Tilden Kern pub­lic inter­est scholar, and she holds an under­grad­u­ate degree in polit­i­cal sci­ence and eco­nom­ics from Emory Uni­ver­sity.  Beatrice speaks Eng­lish, Swedish, Korean, French, and Haitian Creole.Beatrice@ijdh.org

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Adam Houston, Legal Fellow, When not writing awkward biographies of himself, Adam’s interests lie at the intersection of international development, health and human rights (hence the MA in Global Development and the LL.M focusing on Global Health & Justice). He has lived and worked in Southern Africa, the South Pacific and all over Canada, most recently as token anglophone with Avocats sans frontières Canada in Québec City. adam@ijdh.org

alokAlok Pokharel, Legal Fellow (2012-2013), recently completed a Masters in Law (LLM) from Boston College Law School, where he concentrated on human rights and constitutional studies. He is licensed to practice law in Nepal (he obtained Bar membership from Nepal Bar Council in 2010). Before pursuing a masters degree in the US, he worked as a public interest lawyer in human rights cases, arguing before the Supreme Court of Nepal in some of them. The cases demanded justice for conflict victims and establishment of transitional justice mechanisms. His previous experiences, in NGOs and, in a project of the United Nation Development Program (UNDP), involved working on human rights issues, governance and democracy. Working on these issues has always inspired him. He wants to dedicate his time on similar issues affecting the life of people living in other developing countries such as Haiti. As he believes that human rights lawyers have a pertinent role in bridging the gaps between a victim and justice, his engagement at IJDH aims to guarantee justice & democracy for Haitians.

katherinaKatharina Rall, Legal Fellow (2013-2014), is a graduate from New York University School of Law with an LL.M in International Legal Studies, where she was a German National Academic Foundation ERP scholar. She also holds a law degree from the University of Göttingen Law School, Germany with a certificate of specialization in International Law and European Law and earned the Certificate of Transnational Law at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to NYU, she worked as a junior legal officer with the Research Services of the German Parliament advising members of the Parliament on international law and human rights issues. Katharina has interned with various public interest institutions, including the NGO International Service for Human Rights in Geneva and the Committee for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid in Berlin. Apart from working with IJDH she spent a part of her fellowship time in Haiti where she was working with the Haitian grassroots organization Défenseurs des Opprimés. Katharina speaks English, German, French, and Spanish.

Jerry Stenquist, Legal Intern (summer 2013) Jerry Stenquist is currently a third-year law student at George Washington University. Mr. Stenquist has centered his studies on international, human rights, administrative and health care law. Before his work with IJDH, Mr. Stenquist served as a health law legal counselor to residents in the District of Columbia. He has also served in the U.S. Senate and the Congressional Research Service researching health care policy. Mr. Stenquist has a long history of working and learning with the Haitian people in Miami, FL and Port au Prince, Haiti. Originally, he learned to speak Haitian Creole in Miami as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most recently, Mr. Stenquist served in administrative, instructive, and interpretative capacities in Port au Prince in 2010 with A Child’s Hope Foundation. Mr. Stenquist originally hales from the west. He received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Utah Valley University and served in the area in political and legal capacities in Salt Lake City, UT and Idaho Falls, ID. Mr. Stenquist is recently married with his first child on the way. He spends his spare time writing and performing music with various jazz, blues, and rock groups and participating in various outdoor sports.