Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti


Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Legal Fellows/Interns



Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 10.03.37 AMLyndsay Hercule, Legal Fellow Lyndsay is a Haitian – American Human Rights and International Trade Lawyer. Her global experience, in developing and developed countries, within both human rights and international trade and investment arena, brings a unique and innovative approach towards global advocacy and cultural sensitivity. Prior to returning to Boston, Lyndsay worked for Salvos Legal as an In-House Lawyer, the Trade and Investment Division for the Queensland Government (in Australia), and the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Accra, Ghana. Aside from her current position as a Legal Fellow, Lyndsay is an Associate for a boutique firm. Lyndsay is fluent in Haitian – Creole and Spanish and is proficient in French. When she is not working hard, you can catch her salsa dancing!


Shannon Jonsson, Legal Fellow, has a longstanding interest in human rights due to living and traveling internationally since childhood.  Her experience prior to joining IJDH includes working as a graduate fellow at the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic at Boston University School of Law, and a legal internship in South Africa at Lawyers for Human Rights.  Shannon also served for two years as the co-chair of the International Refugee Law Committee at the American Bar Association, and maintains an active advisory role as immediate past chair.  She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where she studied international relations and minored in French.  Shannon speaks English and French, and once upon a time spoke passable Italian.

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Elise Perry Legal Intern, has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree from the Australian National University. Prior to moving to NYC in August 2017, she worked at the Attorney-General’s Department in Australia, primarily in the areas of criminal law policy, countering violent extremism and international cooperation, and at the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions as a solicitor advocate.  Her passion for human rights law stems from volunteering at a refugee legal centre and at a local women’s refuge to document the oral history of clients. She is currently specializing in international human rights law at NYU, with subjects on strategic human rights advocacy, transitional justice and a clinic with the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

XLynn-Samantha Severe, Legal Intern,  is a native of Haiti. She has a passion for international law, social justice, and human rights. Lynn-Samantha speaks Haitian Creole and French fluently and came to the United States in 2010 following the Haiti earthquake. In 2014, Lynn-Samantha graduated with her Bachelors of Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she majored in Economics. Currently, she is a 3L at Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC.


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Molly Whelan, Legal Intern is an International Legal Studies L.L.M. student at New York University. Prior to coming to New York, Molly completed a L.L.B at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has always had a passion for human rights, international law and economic development.These interests were enhanced whilst working as a researcher with the Human Rights Law Network in India for a summer and the Irish Innocence Project in Dublin. Molly hopes to go on to work with an NGO or international organization on issues relating to sustainable-development and human rights.



Nathan Yaffe

Nathan Yaffe, Legal Intern, has been involved  in human rights and development issues as a co-founder and board member of the Haiti Justice Alliance, as part of a university delegation studying land grabs in Ethiopia, and as a volunteer and research assistant for NYU’s Global Justice Clinic. Once upon a time, he graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, MN (catchphrase: “cows, colleges, and contentment!”). Currently a 3L at NYU School of Law, Nathan is an Institute for International Law & Justice Scholar as well as a Furman Scholar.


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