Meet the IAWJ Staff!

Shawna J. Wilson, Esq., Executive Director

Ms. Wilson is a lawyer with a wealth of international development and foreign policy experience.  She has dedicated her career to promoting the rule of law and ensuring respect for human rights, which are central to IAWJ’s mission and programs.  Prior to joining the IAWJ team, Ms. Wilson was the Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT). She also served as the Deputy Director in the Office of Multilateral Affairs in the CT Bureau where she worked with multilateral and regional institutions regarding terrorism issues, policies, and programs, with a particular focus on criminal justice issues. She worked as the Justice Team Leader in the Office of Criminal Justice Assistance & Partnership Office (CAP) within the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), where she provided technical advice on a range of criminal justice issues and programs involving defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges. She was selected for the highly competitive U.S. Supreme Court Fellows program and, from September 2008 to September 2009, worked as a Fellow at the International Judicial Relations Office of the Federal Judicial Center, where she conducted briefings for foreign judges on the U.S. legal system, completed research projects, wrote a handbook, and published multiple articles on the role of the judiciary in international development efforts.  In addition, Ms. Wilson worked on human rights, rule of law, anti-corruption and gender issues during her tenure at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  She served as the Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the Europe and Eurasia Bureau as well as for the USAID Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina and as the Democracy and Governance Office Deputy Director in the Central Asia Regional Mission.  Ms. Wilson also brings experience from the nonprofit and private sectors, having worked at the Eurasia Foundation as a regional director and at Frost Brown Todd LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio as a transactional attorney. She is the author of a chapter on international criminal justice programs, published in the American Bar Association’s Promoting the Rule of Law, A Practitioner’s Guide to Key Issues and Development. Ms. Wilson holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Russian Studies from George Washington University and a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University. She is a member of the Ohio and U.S. Supreme Court Bars.

Anne Tierney Goldstein, Esq., Director of Human Rights Education

Ms. Goldstein has been the Human Rights Education Director of the International Association of Women Judges since 1994. 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.

Audrey Cavaness, Communications and Membership Associate

Ms. Cavaness is the Communications and Membership Associate for the International Association of Women Judges. She is responsible for managing all internal and external communications and oversees all engagement with our members. Prior to joining the IAWJ team, Audrey was an intern at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from ISIT Paris. Ms. Cavaness is a native English and French speaker with a proficiency in Spanish.


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