Our Team

JanetBenshoofJanet Benshoof, Esq.

President and Founder

Janet Benshoof is internationally recognized for her human rights and constitutional law expertise. She established landmark legal precedents in the U.S. Supreme Court and international forums. Ms. Benshoof spearheaded several successful legal efforts from the approval of emergency contraception for women by the FDA, to the application of international rape law to ensure the rights of women in the Iraq High Tribunal prosecutions of Saddam-era war crimes. She lectures and trains women leaders, judges, parliamentarians, and various UN bodies on implementing international human rights laws, such as CEDAW, and international humanitarian law, including women's rights to criminal accountability under Security Council Resolutions and by the International Criminal Court.

Ms. Benshoof is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the National Law Journal as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award" in recognition of her legal work, the Gloria Steinem Women of Vision Award, the Edith Spivack Award for Outstanding New York Women Lawyers, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Margaret Sanger Award.

Ms. Benshoof previously served as Director of the American Civil Liberties Reproductive Freedom Project where she spearheaded national litigation shaping Supreme Court law on gender equality, free speech, and reproductive choice. In 1992, Ms. Benshoof founded the first international human rights organization focused on women's rights to reproductive choice and equality, now the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), and served as its first President.

Ms. Benshoof published numerous articles in respected publications such as the Harvard Law Review and The Journal of the American Medical Association, The New York University Journal of International Law and Policy, and Law Ka Pala, a Journal of The Burma Lawyers' Council. Her forthcoming publications include "Global Justice for the Twenty-First Century: International Legal Issues" for the Encyclopedia of Global Studies, "US Ratification of CEDAW: An Opportunity to Revisit and Reframe the Right to Equality Accorded Women under the US Constitution" for the NYU Review of Law and Social Change, and "The Upcoming Elections in Burma: Increasing Risks to Global Security by Constitutionalizing a Military Monopoly on Nuclear Development" with the Burma Lawyers' Council. She has appeared on the BBC, CBS evening news, Good Morning America, ABC evening news, Nightline, and McNeil /Lehr. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on its Burma Task Force.

Ms. Benshoof received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and taught at Harvard Law School and Bard College.

PhyuPhyuSannPhyu Phyu Sann

Senior Burma Researcher & Director of Operations

Phyu Phyu Sann carries out a wide range of research on Burma on legal, political, constitutional and gender related issues. She collaborates with key partners, including Burmese and ethnic groups, women's groups, UN agencies, and Human Rights NGOs as part of the GJC's project on Criminal Accountability for Heinous Crimes in Burma, which aims to uphold international commitments to the rule of law.

Ms. Sann joined the Global Justice Center in 2006 as a research intern. Prior, Ms. Sann earned her Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont. Prior to her studies at SIT, Ms. Sann has also worked in the field of social, economic and project related research for local and international NGOs in Burma.

Ms. Sann received her MBA from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and her BA from Yangon University with a concentration in International Relations. She was also a recipient of the scholarship from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for her MBA degree and Fujitsu Asia Pacific Scholarship for Intercultural Management Program at the Japan American Institute of Management Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii. Ms. Sann is a native of Rakhine (Arakan), in the western part of Burma.

AkilaRadhakrishnanAkila Radhakrishnan

Legal Director

Akila Radhakrishnan is the Legal Director at the Global Justice Center. In her role, she works to ensure justice, accountability and equal rights to people in conflict and in post-conflict situations, and to establish global legal precedents protecting human rights and ensuring gender equality. She has published articles in The Atlantic, Women Under Siege, RH Reality Check, the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy and Reproductive Laws for the Twenty First Century. Prior to the Global Justice Center, she has worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, DPK Consulting and Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP. Akila received her J.D. with a concentration in International Law from the University of California, Hastings and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from the University of California, Davis.

StephanieJohanssenStephanie Johanssen

Advocacy and Outreach Associate

Stephanie Johanssen is the Advocacy and Outreach Associate at the Global Justice Center. Born and raised in Germany she has worked for the Center for European Integration Studies as a student assistant. After graduating from law school at the University of Bonn, she started working for a law firm in Bonn focusing on public law. During her practical legal training Stephanie was an assistant to two judges at the Higher Court of Koblenz and worked for several law firms. Furthermore she absolved a legal internship at the Environment Protection Agency in New York. Before becoming a Communications Fellow at the GJC, Stephanie was an outreach officer for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where she was responsible for implementing the campaign Calling African Female Lawyers, a campaign aimed at increasing the number of female counsel practicing before the Court.

 

SarahVaughanpic2 Sarah Vaughan

Director of External Relations

Sarah Vaughan is the Director of External Relations at the Global Justice Center. She previously worked for three years in non-profit programming before serving as a Congressional intern at the US House of Representatives, where she monitored committee hearings, floor debates and legislative votes. She also participated in the Truman National Security Project’s program aimed at developing young progressive leaders working in foreign policy fields. Sarah graduated from New York University, where she was a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, and earned her B.A. in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. A former film student, she became interested in human rights advocacy while organizing campus documentary screenings and campaigning outside the United Nations to raise awareness about Ugandan youth forced into child soldiering. She also previously worked with Priority Films’ Red Light Children Campaign in efforts to counter global child trafficking.

StephanieOlszewskiStephanie Olszewski

Communications Associate

Stephanie Olszewski is the Communications Associate at the Global Justice Center. She spent three years assistant managing an art gallery in Brooklyn before moving to the non-profit world. Originally from Pittsburgh, Stephanie graduated from New York University with a B.A. double majoring in Art History and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. For the past three years she has served as the Global Justice Center's Operations Manager.

 

Tiff new picTiffany Ommundsen

Development Officer

Tiffany Ommundsen is the Development Officer at the Global Justice Center, having previously been the Assistant to the President. Prior to joining the Global Justice Center, Tiffany was as an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at St. Joseph's College, where she taught civil and political rights, comparative governments and American politics using peace education pedagogy, and was the Coordinator of Global Studies. Tiffany has worked and volunteered with Femin Ijtihad, Sisterhood is Global Institute, Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom's PeaceWomen Project, and was a Peace Fellow at the Kosovo Women's Network. She currently volunteers at Girls on the Run. Tiffany received her M.A. from Columbia University in International Educational Development and her B.A. from Fairfield University in History, with a concentration in Politics.

 

Grant Shubin

Legal Fellow

Grant Shubin is a Legal Fellow at the Global Justice Center. He graduated from University of California Hastings College of the Law in May 2013. During law school Grant's studies focused jointly on public international law and alternative dispute resolution. Prior to his fellowship, Grant was both an associate attorney at a small litigation firm in San Francisco and a staff attorney at legal services organization offering pro bono representation for low income members of San Francisco's most marginalized communities. His scope of practice ranged from family law to business litigation to criminal defense to administrative law.


Zoé Eggleston

Executive Assistant

Zoé Eggleston is the Executive Assistant for the Global Justice Center. Of French, Swiss and American background, she recently graduated with a Master's degree in European Studies from the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva where she specialized in Culture and Societies. Prior to that she studied in Belgium where she obtained a Bachelor in Journalism from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She became interested in peace and security while working with a Brussels based NGO on a twelve-part radio series about genocide survivors. Before moving to New York and joining the Global Justice Center, Zoé worked at the United Nations Press and External Relations section in Geneva and was involved in the preparations of the Geneva II Peace Conference on Syria and the creation of pedagogical programs.

 

Kay Schaffer

Operations Assistant

Kay Schaffer is the Operations Assistant for the Global Justice Center. Kay is a recent graduate of Bard College with a B.A. in Human Rights with a concentration in Global Public Health. She served as a Program Intern with the Global Justice Center in 2011. At Bard College she ran the Nicaragua Education Initiative, a student-run program in the Trustee Leader Scholar program, for which she organized a letter writing campaign and various fundraisers. In the summer of 2014 she interned for the International Women's Health Coalition. In 2013, she served as the Workshop Facilitator and Curriculum Developer for Independent Thought and Social Action International in Ahmedabad, India, where she designed and planned workshops twice a week on issues such as gender, activism and human rights.

 

 

Michelle Onello

Special Counsel

Michelle Onello is an attorney serving as a consultant to the Global Justice Center on international human rights issues.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and The Johns Hopkins University, including its SAIS Bologna Center. Following law school, she was a Luce Scholar working for the Phuket Provincial Governor in Thailand. Michelle was an Associate in the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where she focused on international financial transactions.  Michelle left everyday law practice to become a full-time caretaker for her four children.