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.
Jane Charles-Voltaire, Esq., Senior Program Officer
Jane Charles-Voltaire is the 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. Jane earned her B.A. in Romance Languages and Literature 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.
Laura Campiglia de Mendez, Communications and Development Officer
Ms. Campiglia is the Communications and Development Officer. She is responsible for assisting in the design and conduct of IAWJ’s international communications and supporting fundraising efforts. Laura handles all day-to-day communication with members and keep a very active and updated website and social media sites for the IAWJ. She just received her M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She concentrated on International Security Studies and Conflict Resolution. A Venezuelan national, Laura has a particular interest in Latin American studies. Prior to IAWJ, she worked at the Inter-American Dialogue, the Wilson Center, and the Organization of American States. Laura is fluent in Spanish.