Our Staff

Akila Radhakrishnan

Akila Radhakrishnan


Akila Radhakrishnan is the President of the Global Justice Center. She directs GJC’s strategies and efforts to establish legal precedents protecting human rights and ensuring gender equality. In 2010, she helped to conceptualize GJC’s Abortion Access in Conflict program to ensure access to abortion services for girls and women raped in war as a matter of right. Akila has authored numerous shadow reports, legal briefs and advocacy documents and provided legal expertise to domestic and international stakeholders and policymakers, including the International Criminal Court, the United Nations, the European Union and state governments. Akila has been published widely on issues of international law, gender equality and human rights, including in the New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, Women Under Siege, Ms. Magazine, and Rewire.

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.

Phyu Phyu Sann

Phyu 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.

Michelle Onello

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.

Grant Shubin

Grant Shubin

Legal Director

Grant Shubin holds expertise in international law and conflict resolution and supports all of GJC’s legal projects with research, writing, editing, and coordination. He has contributed to GJC’s shadow report submissions to human rights treaty bodies, as well as legal briefings to the Human Rights Council, the UN Secretary General, the Special Rapporteur on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the International Criminal Court, the European Commission and European Parliament, and various national level policymakers. He has published and spoken on international legal issues ranging from the human rights implications of identity politics and the law governing peace agreements. Mr. Shubin graduated from University of California Hastings College of the Law in May 2013. Prior to his time at GJC, Grant was both an associate attorney at a small litigation firm in San Francisco and a staff attorney at a 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.

Danielle Stouck

Director of Development

Danielle Stouck is the Director of Development at the Global Justice Center, where she supports fund development and growth across the organization’s programs. Prior to joining the Global Justice Center, Danielle oversaw fund development and external communications for the Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) – a global network of grantmaking institutions committed to advancing human rights through effective philanthropy. At the HRFN, Danielle provided research and convening support to funder-only working groups, served as a liaison to network members and helped to translate the organization’s strategic plan into a learning, monitoring and evaluation framework. Holding expertise in forced displacement, gender equality and refugee rights, Danielle has also worked with organizations including the Women’s Refugee Commission, the World Food Programme, and the Near East Foundation and Public Agenda. Danielle holds a Master’s Degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in middle eastern studies and human rights from Barnard College. 

Liz Olson

Thomas Dresslar

Communications Manager

Thomas Dresslar is the Communications Manager at the Global Justice Center. Prior to joining GJC, Thomas worked in communications at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he focused on primarily on media relations. He also interned at the Center for American Progress and the California State Senate. Thomas holds a B.S. in multimedia journalism from Northwest Missouri State University, where he edited the student newspaper.

Elena Sarver

Elena Sarver

 Legal Advisor

Elena Sarver is a  Legal Adviser at the Global Justice Center and holds a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. While in law school, Elena participated in two year-long clinics, the Innocence Project as well as the Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic, where she researched sexual and gender-based violence crimes for regional human rights litigation. She also interned at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. Elena received her B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College and studied abroad in Egypt at the American University in Cairo.

Kristin Smith

Danielle Hites

Legal Advisor

Danielle Hites is a Staff Attorney at the Global Justice Center, where she supports the legal program through research, writing, and advocacy. Prior to joining GJC, Danielle was a Consultant at the Alliance for Rule of Law Promotion and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ARPA). At ARPA she conducted legal research and drafted policy reports on women’s access to justice in the Middle East and North Africa, the intersection of arbitrary or excessive pre-trial detention and torture, and the disparity between domestic legislation and international standards on gender-based violence. She has also previously worked with the International Justice Resource Center, Lawyers for Human Rights, and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Danielle received her J.D. with a concentration in international law from Boston University and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Suffolk University.


Merrite Johnson

Program Coordinator

Merrite Johnson is the Program Coordinator at the Global Justice Center. She holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from New York University, where her thesis work examined how women have increased their political participation in post-conflict countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Merrite received her B.A. in Politics from NYU and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Prior to joining GJC, she worked in client relations at a business management firm.


Sophia Fiore

Development and Operations Assistant

Sophia Fiore is the Development and Operations Assistant at the Global Justice Center. Prior to joining the Global Justice Center, Sophia worked as a community organizer and education intern for Planned Parenthood in Minnesota, where she led a group of volunteers working on the 2014 state elections. She also interned at Project for Pride in Living, where she assisted in developing literacy programs for youth living in supportive housing. Sophia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in women's studies and international development from St. Catherine University and studied abroad in Kathmandu, Nepal.