Meet the IAWJ Staff!
Lisa L. Davis, J.D., LL.M., Executive Director
Ms. Davis is an international human rights lawyer with over 20 years of global project management and legal reform experience. She brings to IAWJ her extensive experience in executive leadership of international advocacy and development organizations, in women’s rights, and in the design of strategies, training, and support for those within the justice sector and frontline human rights defenders. Prior to IAWJ, Ms. Davis was part of the executive team at Freedom House, a democracy promotion organization, where she advised the organization and staff on international legal issues, and as Director of Rule of Law programs, developed a signature portfolio of programs to support human rights defenders in over 30 countries—expanding Freedom House’s operations to 10+ overseas field offices. She served as Technical Director for two USAID funded global rule of law and human rights (RIGHTS) programs, leading consortia of implementing partners. In all of her international experience, Ms. Davis designed strategies to promote women’s rights, including drafting and advocating for new legislation, research and human rights documentation, and support of strategic litigation on women’s issues. Her previous experience also includes serving as a trial attorney at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and project director for two legal reform projects in Albania. She has led advocacy delegations before international and US agencies, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, US Congress and State Department.
Anne Tierney Goldstein, Esq., Human Rights Education Director
Ms. Goldstein has been the Human Rights Education Director of the International Association of Women Judges since 1993. She designed the IAWJ’s Jurisprudence of Equality Program (JEP) and has led JEP training programs in Central and Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Ms. Goldstein spent three years as an attorney with the United States Department of Justice and two years at the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan and Hartson before entering the non-profit world. An expert on international law and women’s rights, she has taught undergraduate and law school courses on women and the law, transnational family law, and comparative and international law of women’s rights at Georgetown University and George Washington University in Washington, DC, and at the joint Oxford-George Washington summer program in human rights in Oxford, UK. Harvard Law School selected her as a Wasserstein Fellow for the 2011-12 year; the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program brings outstanding public interest attorneys to Harvard Law School to counsel students about public service. The Program recognizes exemplary lawyers who have distinguished themselves in public interest work and who can assist students who are considering similar career paths. Ms. Goldstein is a native English speaker with a proficiency in French and Spanish.
Nancy Hendry, Esq., Senior Advisor
Ms. Hendry has served as the Senior Advisor for the International Association of Women Judges since June 2010. During that time, she has worked to implement programs on judicial leadership in the MENA region, West Africa, and South Asia, and has led the IAWJ’s work to address a sexualized form of corruption that the IAWJ has termed Sextortion, managing the implementation of a program on “Naming, Shaming, and Ending Sextortion” in the Philippines, Tanzania, and Bosnia-Herzegovina; developing a Sextortion Toolkit; working with pro bono partners on a comparative study of laws available to prosecute Sextortion in nine jurisdictions; and speaking about Sextortion at the International Anti-Corruption Conference and other international fora. Furthermore, Ms. Hendry played a vital role in the implementation and success of IAWJ’s Global Leadership of Women (GLOW) program. A graduate of Harvard University (cum laude) and Stanford Law School, Ms. Hendry has broad experience in government and the non-profit sector, including as General Counsel of the Peace Corps (1996-2001) and Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the Public Broadcasting Service (1981-1996). Her previous experience also includes legal work with the Children’s Law Center, the U.S. Department of Education, and the law firm of Wald, Harkrader and Ross, teaching as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in St. Louis Senegal. Ms. Hendry is proficient in French.
Kristina A. Biyad, Communications and Development Officer
Kristina Biyad began as the Communications and Development Officer for the International Association of Women Judges in July 2017. During her time at IAWJ, Kristina has worked on the organization’s strategies for communications, fundraising, and development. Kristina maintains the IAWJ website, social media pages, and all membership communication. Kristina has experience in government and the non-profit sector, including her position with the Advocacy team at Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry and the Foreign and Security Policy Group at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Embassy. Kristina is an experienced freelance writer and blogger- She has worked on a diverse number of writing projects while also managing two personal blog sites. Kristina earned her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Roger Williams University where she concentrated in International Relations. She is currently an M.A. Candidate in International Affairs at the American University School of International Service where she concentrates on Global Security and Gendered Perspectives of International Relations/Security. Kristina is fluent in French and Arabic.
Dr. Silvana Stanga, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer
Dr. Stanga has a Juris Doctor and Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Law. Her previous work has been in strategic planning, quality management, evaluation and measurement of the impact of effective judicial training on the functioning of the judiciary, as well as an integrated educational approach. Dr. Stanga has led the process to reorganize the judicial schools in several European and Latin American countries. In Argentina she led the creation of 17 judicial schools. As a professor and program director at one of Argentina’s major universities, she created a judicial Master’s program for sitting judges, the fourth such program in the Americas, and has directed several Master’s and PhD theses. Originally from Argentina, Dr. Stanga is fluent in Spanish and French.
Jane Charles-Voltaire, Esq., Senior Program Officer
Jane Charles-Voltaire is a Senior Program Officer for the International Association of Women Judges, and manages programs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In Haiti, she has been working with the Haitian Association of Women Judges to promote Haiti’s new Anti-Trafficking Legislation, through training, outreach and coordination activities. In the Dominican Republic, she is working directly with the National Judicial Training School and representatives from the Supreme Court Gender Commission to improve access to justice for victims of Gender Based Violence. Prior to joining the IAWJ, Jane worked in Haiti for four years as local counsel, with a Haitian law firm, for the United States Agency for International Development in Haiti (USAID). In her role as local counsel, Jane collaborated with Haitian government officials and representatives from international organizations in order to accomplish joint projects in social housing, environmental management, public finance management and port development. In addition, Jane has extensive on the ground experience through her work in the nonprofit sector, she worked for two years with Viva Rio, an innovative Brazilian non-profit organization, based in Port-au-Prince and implementing projects in the health, community security, education and environment sectors. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. Jane earned her B.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Wesleyan University and her J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. She is a member of the New York Bar. Ms. Charles-Voltaire is fluent in French, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.
Priyanka Vakil, Program Associate
Ms. Vakil is providing support to IAWJ programs around the world. She was born to an Indian family in Kenya, and was raised in Nairobi before her family immigrated to Charlotte, North Carolina. She recently graduated from the American University School of International Service with her Master’s in International Affairs: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, where she concentrated on human rights and international humanitarian law. Prior to joining IAWJ, Priyanka was a research associate for the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) working with their Syria and Burma clients and an intern with the Norwegian Refugee Council USA, providing support with their M&E and grant proposals. She also was a public diplomacy intern at the Embassy of Peru, where she translated official documents and conducted research on educational partnerships. She has experience in human rights and humanitarian rights with a special focus on internally displaced youth and children and access to education and mental healthcare. Priyanka is fluent in Spanish and Kiswahili.
Fiona Mwale, Visiting Humphrey Fellow
Fiona Mwale is a judge of the High Court of Malawi and National Training Coordinator for the Women Judges Association of Malawi (WOJAM), an affiliate of the International Association of Women Judges. An experienced judicial trainer, she has drafted over 15 trainer of trainer manuals in gender based violence for various actors in the civil and criminal justice system. She has actively participated in judicial training programs and has since 2004 trained over 200 judicial officers and numerous prosecutors, social workers and court clerks on both substantive and procedural aspects of the law as it relates to the jurisprudence of equality. Before her appointment to the bench, Mwale was a fierce advocate for the rights of women and children. As a law reformer, she drafted gender sensitive laws and enhanced the rights of children. She is the author of the only book on Family and Succession Law in Malawi titled, “Family Law and Succession in Malawi.” Mwale has also worked at the international level with the Southern Africa Development Tribunal. Currently a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at American University’s Washington College of Law, she plans to focus on research on juvenile sexual offences and in developing effective strategies for judicial training in gender and sexual violence so as to increase access to justice for women and children in Malawi.
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