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Global Justice with Stephanie
August 12th campaign and supporting Global Justice Center
Global Justice with Stephanie is intended to increase global consciousness in regards to war victims right to abortion as well as call on President Obama to issue an Executive Order lifting the abortion ban on US aid as applied to women and girls raped in war.
Janet Benshoof- President and Founder, Global Justice Center
Janet Benshoof is the President of the Global Justice Center and an expert in constitutional and human rights law. She spearheaded the first use of international law to prosecute rape by the Iraqi High Tribunal, established US Supreme Court precedents on religious liberty and reproductive rights, and obtained the first US approval of emergency contraception.
Ms. Benshoof advises governments, women leaders, judges, and the UN on international law such as CEDAW, the Rome Statute for the ICC, the Geneva Conventions and on Security Council Resolutions. She is currently advising Burmese groups on the legality of Burma's constitution, and working to ensure the rights of victims of rape in armed conflicts under the Geneva Conventions.
Ms. Benshoof, who previously founded the Center for Reproductive Rights, has been singled out as one of top 100 lawyers in the U.S., has received a MacArthur fellowship, and publishes extensively in law journals and popular media.
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Laurie has had a decades-long passion for justice for those without a voice, and has represented families pro bono in child welfare cases as well as served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) fo rchildren. She has represented plaintiffs in toxic groundwater contamination cases, as well as employees who lost their retirement savings at the hands of unscrupulous corporate fiduciaries. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Santa Barbara Foundation, and on the Board of The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. She is a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Santa Barbara (2008), for which she served as the Chair of its Executive Committee through 2010, and is the
Co-Lead Partner of its investment in the Mental Health Association in Santa Barbara County.
Laurie is married to Lynn Sarko and has two grown daughters (and a
Stephanie is an award-winning international journalist that specializes in human rights and is in employment with the United Nation’s Bureau of Xinhua News agency. In her position as a special correspondent, she has had the honor of interviewing high-ranking UN officials, including the first female President of Chile: Michelle Bachelet. Prior to beginning her career at Xinhua, she held a position as a United Nations correspondent with Inter Press Service (IPS) as well as a paralegal position at the United States Department of Justice. This University of Michigan graduate resided at the government run legal agency for over two years and received an Award from the Assistant Attorney General for her hard work on a chemical testing class action lawsuit.