David Kaiser, Chairperson
JDI's President, is a writer living in New York who just completed work on a novel.
A graduate of Columbia University, he was on the editorial staff of the New York
Review of Books from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Kaiser sits on the boards of several nonprofit
organizations and foundations, including Winrock International. He joined JDI's
Board of Directors in 2004 and previously served as Secretary.
Peter Reilly, CPA, JDI's Treasurer,
is a partner with a large regional accounting firm in Massachusetts. He is a member
of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Massachusetts Society
of Certified Public Accountants, and has served on the AICPA Tax Division's partnership
committee. Mr. Reilly has provided accounting expertise to numerous non-profit organizations
and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Interlock Media, Jeremiah's Inn,
and Children Supervised Visitations.
Lara Stemple, JD, JDI's
secretary, is the Director of Graduate Studies at the UCLA School of Law and the
former Executive Director of Just Detention International. A graduate of Harvard
Law School, Ms. Stemple is a human rights lawyer who has worked on issues that include
sexual violence, immigrant and refugee rights, and HIV/AIDS. Ms. Stemple has also
served as the Senior Advocacy Officer for the Pacific Institute for Women's Health
and has worked at the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Julia Bovey specializes in communications
and messaging involving energy and environmental issues, serving currently as the
Director of External Affairs at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and previously
as Media Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading environmental
advocacy organization. She began her career as a local television reporter. Julia
has a Master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism and a Bachelor's
in history, also from Columbia. She lives in Washington, DC.
Cecilia Chung , a transgender
woman living with HIV, is the Deputy Director of the Transgender Law Center in San
Francisco. Ms. Chung serves as the Vice Chair of the San Francisco Human Rights
Commission and as a board member of Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center.
She has previously served on the HIV Service Planning Council and the Transgender
Discrimination Task Force, both in San Francisco.
was incarcerated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and is a survivor of
prisoner rape. Mr. Cunningham endured continuous sexual harassment from the corrections
officer who eventually raped him. Since his release in April 2004, Mr. Cunningham
has been actively involved in advocating for meaningful implementation of the Prison
Rape Elimination Act. As part of that work, he has participated in legislative hearings,
made public presentations, and offered media interviews. Mr. Cunningham is the founder
of Pen Friends and Services, a pen-pal service that provides resources
and information to prisoners.
David P. Eisenman, M.D., M.S.H.S.,
is on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine/Health
Services Research and an Associate Natural Scientist at RAND. From 1994 to 1999,
he was the Associate Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine.
Dr. Eisenman's research has focused on the relationship between violence and health
and health services. He has worked on international health projects in India and
Bosnia-Herzegovina. Dr. Eisenman lectures extensively on war and the role of physicians,
lawyers, and government in the care of survivors of political violence. He serves
on the editorial boards of Human Rights Review and the Journal of Human Rights.
Mary Garton, MA, is the former
Executive Director of Teach For America, Greater New Orleans chapter and currently
serves as the chapter's Director of Alumni Support. A graduate of Washington University
in St. Louis and the University of New Orleans, Ms. Garton taught for nearly 10
years in Louisiana public schools and later served as the vice principal of the
New Orleans Free School. Ms. Garton has served as the director of Teach For America's
Houston Summer Training Institute, and she is also a member of the Bring New Orleans
Back Education Steering Committee.
Sean Hecker is
a partner in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he practices
in the areas of white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex
civil litigation. Before joining Debevoise in 2006, Mr. Hecker was a trial lawyer
with the Federal Defenders of New York, where he represented indigent defendants
charged with a wide range of federal offenses. Mr. Hecker was previously a litigation
associate with Covington & Burling in New York from 1999 to 2003, and began his
legal career as a law clerk for the for the Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court
of Appeals, Second Circuit (1998-99), and for the Hon. Sidney H. Stein, U.S. District
Court, Southern District of New York (1997-98).
Oscar de la O is a founding member and
the Executive Director of Bienestar Human Services, the largest HIV Latino organization
in the country. Bienestar's 11 direct service centers, located in Los Angeles, San
Diego, and San Bernardino, offer information, assistance, and support. Mr. de la
O has been an advocate for Latinos affected by HIV and AIDS for more than two decades,
and he has received numerous awards for his community service. A Mexican-American,
he continues to work on both sides of the border, promoting the health and well-being
Lovisa Stannow, MA, is the
Executive Director of JDI. Ms. Stannow has spent the past two decades working in
the fields of communications and international human rights. She is the former Executive
Director of the Pacific Institute for Women's Health and the West Coast Director
and Communications Director of Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières.
In the early 1990s, she served as a Press Officer for Amnesty International, following
several years as a journalist in Europe and Latin America. Ms. Stannow is multilingual
and has spent significant parts of her career based in war zones and areas of humanitarian
disaster in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Hector Villagra, JD, joined
the ACLU of Southern California in 2005. Before then, he worked for the Mexican
American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), first as a staff attorney
and then as Regional Counsel. A graduate of Columbia Law School, Mr. Villagra began
his professional career as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert N. Wilentz, Chief
Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, a
judge on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Amy Elaine Wakeland is
a political strategist and community activist. She has helped to found two non-profit
groups: one that that connects young donors with social justice organizations and
another that builds parks in low-income neighborhoods. She is a member of the board
of directors of the Liberty Hill Foundation and the honorary board of the Coalition
to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, which recently honored Wakeland and her partner
Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti with its Community Partners Award.
For the past four years, Wakeland has chaired the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon
and the City of Justice Awards Dinner. Prior to her work as a political strategist,
Wakeland served as the director of an urban policy project at Occidental College
and a strategic planner for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services.
Wakeland is the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and a Truman Scholarship. She
has traveled widely with a variety of education, government, and human rights groups.
Kenneth Williams, JD,
is a Professor at Southwestern University School of Law. A national authority on
capital punishment, Mr. Williams currently represents several death row inmates
in Texas. He was previously a member of the faculty at Southern University Thurgood
Marshall School of Law and Gonzaga University School of Law. Mr. Williams began
his legal career with the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, investigating
allegations of unfair labor practices for the National Labor Relations Board and
helping indigent clients secure housing, public benefits and other assistance. He
is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.