Our Staff

 

Akila Radhakrishnan

Akila Radhakrishnan

President

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. 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. 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.

Recent Publications
Foreign Policy | Trump's Chilling Blow to the ICC
CNN | Abortion is a human right. A pandemic doesn't change that
Just Security | Behind Myanmar’s Military Alibi: A Path for Compliance with the ICJ’s Order to Protect Rohingya

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.

Recent Publications
Mizzima News | Gender Inequality and Sexual Violence in Myanmar: Part of the Problem is Preventing a Cure
Women Under Siege | Attorney General Sessions violates international law


Grant Shubin

Grant Shubin

Legal Director

Grant Shubin is the Legal Director of the Global Justice Center, leading 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. 

Recent Publications
Washington Post | Countries are legally bound to punish Myanmar’s genocide
Women Under Siege | Much more than language: How the U.S. denied survivors of rape in conflict lifesaving care
Washington Post | Call the crimes against the Rohingya what they are: Genocide


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, where she 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.

Recent Publications
Rewire | Melinda Gates’ $1 Billion Gender Equality Initiative Will Fail If It Ignores Abortion Rights
Ms. Magazine | Where Can Refugees Turn for Abortions?
Ms. Magazine | I Won’t Stop Fighting for Title X—Because it Transformed My Mother’s Life


Sean Clifton

Finance and Operations Manager

Sean Clifton is the Finance and Operations Manager of the Global Justice Center. He oversees GJC’s budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, accounting procedures, and administrative policies. Prior to joining GJC, Sean was Finance Manager of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development in Washington, DC. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Bradley University.


Liz Olson

Thomas Dresslar

Communications Manager

Thomas Dresslar is the Communications Manager at the Global Justice Center, overseeing all of GJC's publications and digital outreach. 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's Opinion section.


Elena Sarver

Elena Sarver

 Legal Advisor

Elena Sarver is a  Legal Advisor at the Global Justice Center, where she supports the legal program through research, writing, and advocacy. She 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.

Recent Publications
Foreign Policy | Trump's Chilling Blow to the ICC
Columbia Human Rights Law Review | Canary in the Coal Mine: Abortion & the Commission on Unalienable Rights
Ms. Magazine | Trump’s Gag Rules Hurt the Most Vulnerable Women


Kristin Smith

Danielle Hites

Legal Advisor

Danielle Hites is a Legal Advisor 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.

Recent Publications
Ms. Magazine | Latin American Feminists Are Rising Up Against Violence. The International Community Should Join Them
Ms. Magazine | International Law Demands the U.S. Do Better on Abortion Policy
Opinio Juris | New Crimes Against Humanity Treaty Must Not Perpetuate Outdated Definition of Gender


Merrite

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.

Recent Publications
Ms. Magazine | In Which Trump Reminded the Global Community How Hateful He Really Is


Sophia

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.

Recent Publications
Ms. Magazine | “Never Again” Means Holding the Trump Administration Accountable