Jennifer Rasmussen

Jennifer Rasmussen, Deputy Executive Director, has more than 20 years of progressive senior leadership positions and experience in international law, international human rights and rule of law development. Throughout her career, she has worked to promote human rights and the rule of law through the advancement and application of international law. Prior to joining the Center for Justice and Accountability, Jennifer led and expanded the American Bar Association’s rule of law work in Asia and the Pacific and served as the Human Rights Coordinator for the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). She served as Director of Program Design at International Human Rights Law Group/Global Rights, a Washington, D.C.-based legal and human rights organization, where she had worked since 1996. As the creator and director of Global Rights’ Access to Justice Initiative, Ms. Rasmussen worked to develop legal programs involving public interest litigation, legal reform and advocacy in various regions of the world, particularly transitional countries. She also assisted with Voices, a program highlighting human rights abuses at the U.N. World Conference Against Racism (2001). Ms. Rasmussen began her legal career as an immigration attorney at Salgado and Associates and as a volunteer for the U.N. World Conference on Human Rights (1993). She has published works on human rights and public interest law, served as an adjunct professor for the Human Rights Institute at American University’s School of International Service, and was invited to be an advisor to the U.N. on rule of law issues in transitional countries. Ms. Rasmussen received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law with a specialization in international law.