Southeast Asia Program Coordinator / Interim Deputy Director of Programs
Jennifer Rasmussen, an attorney specializing in international human rights law, oversees the IHRLG Southeast Asia Program, including research on human rights, legal issues and NGO development in Asia. She also currently serves as an Interim Deputy Director of Programs, charged with assisting with general oversight support for IHRLG projects in Latin America and the United States and international/women's rights advocacy projects.
Ms. Rasmussen continues to work in collaboration with our partner NGO, the Cambodian Defenders Project, headquartered in Phnom Penh, to provide comments on the draft law creating a Khmer Rouge tribunal. She has also designed and implemented the legal practitioners' fora for the IHRLG Strategic Human Rights Lawyering initiative, co-authored Promoting Justice: A Practical Guide to Strategic Human Rights Lawyering, and played a leading role in coordinating VOICES, IHRLG's special forum on comparative experiences of racism conducted during the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in South Africa.
Prior to joining IHRLG, Ms. Rasmussen worked as an immigration attorney. She has also assisted with a working paper for the Committee to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and has volunteered with the Coalition of Washington-based Human Rights NGOs on the UN Vienna Conference on Human Rights 1993. Ms. Rasmussen earned her J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law.