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Amol Mehra, Esq.
Amol Mehra, Esq. is the Executive Director of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, a coalition of leading human rights, development, labor and environmental organizations working to ensure businesses respect human rights in their global operations. Amol is an international human rights lawyer by training, focusing on business and human rights and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Amol has worked to build accountability frameworks in both domestic and international arenas, including over private military and security companies, around supply chains and extractives industries, and has worked to strengthen measures related to non-financial disclosure, anti-corruption, procurement and due diligence regimes. In addition to his work as Director of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, Amol serves on the Advisory Council for the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights, as Co-Chair of the ABA Section of International Law's Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, as a Coordinating Member and Thematic Specialist for Amnesty International USA, an Advisory Board Member of Lawyers for Better Business (L4BB), on the Advisory Council for the Ranking Digital Rights Project, and on the Advisory Council for the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern. Amol's writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Forbes Corporate Social Responsibility and Leadership Section, the Hill, NPR, CSRWire and the Guardian Sustainable Business Section as well as in various legal journals and periodicals. Amol holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree with a Honors in International Law from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Legal & Policy Director
Sarah McGrath is an international human rights lawyer admitted to practice in Australia. She currently serves as the Legal and Policy Director at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR). The Remedy Program focuses on research, policy and advocacy initiatives to enhance access to effective remedies for victims of business-related human rights violations. Prior to joining ICAR, Sarah served as the Adviser to the President at the Australian Human Rights Commission and led the development and implementation of the Commission’s Business and Human Rights Program. Previously, Sarah worked in the Commission’s International Programs Unit providing high-level secretariat and research support to the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (CFNHRI), an informal and inclusive body of Commonwealth national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights and other national accountability mechanisms with a human rights mandate. Sarah also has experience with a range of international human rights organisations including Amnesty International USA, the International Service for Human Rights, and the International Council of Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI). Sarah is a law graduate from the University of Technology Sydney, and holds a Masters in Global Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of New South Wales. Her research will examine the role of corporations in transitioning countries.
Arianis Alvarez currently serves as Operations Coordinator at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR). In this role, she manages the financial, human resources, and development operations of the organization. Ari also works with the Director in strategic planning for ICAR. Additionally, Ari works on ICAR’s Procurement Reform project and the National Action Plan project. She received a BA in International Studies with an emphasis in Comparative Cultural Studies and Spanish with a minor in Political Science from Susquehanna University. She is fluent in Spanish.
Legal & Policy Associate
Sophia Lin is an international human rights lawyer, admitted to practice in the state of New York. She currently serves as Legal and Policy Associate at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), working across the Remedies and Frameworks Programs. Sophia graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law in 2013. She was a senior staffer on the American University International Law Review, and served as a Student Attorney with the law school’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, where she collaborated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on a project studying issues faced by the Haitian Diaspora in obtaining legal status in The Bahamas. Before joining ICAR, Sophia served as a Legal Advisor at Sorini, Samet & Associates, a consulting firm on trade, labor, and corporate social responsibility policy. Previously, she was an Asia Research Fellow at Freedom House, focusing on human rights issues in China. She has also worked with the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, Human Rights in China, International Rights Advocates, and the Human Rights Law Foundation. She currently serves as a consultant analyst for Freedom House's 2016 Freedom in the World report. Sophia holds a B.A. from National Taiwan University. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Legal and Policy Associate
Cindy Woods is an international human rights lawyer, admitted to practice in the state of New York. She currently serves as a Legal and Policy Associate at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR). Cindy leads ICAR’s work around issues of global governance, including the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles through National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights. Cindy graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2015, where she served as a Legal Research and Writing Fellow, a Public Interest Fellow, and Executive Editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law. Her writing has appeared in various human rights blogs and legal journals, including the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the Brazilian Journal of International Law, the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, and the Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law. She holds a Masters in Philosophy of Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge (Darwin College), and Bachelors of Art in International Security Studies and Spanish from the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Nicole Vander Meulen
Legal and Policy Associate
Nicole Vander Meulen currently serves as a Legal and Policy Associate at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR). She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) in May, 2015, and sat for the New York bar exam in July. While attending GULC Nicole spent a summer in Freetown assessing Sierra Leone’s petroleum bill for a local non-governmental organization. She was also an intern at the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights, where she analyzed the legal implications of international law on specific cases brought against human rights defenders abroad. Prior to graduating, Nicole served as ICAR’s Legal and Policy Intern. During her internship she worked with ICAR’s experts to complete ICAR’s report on procurement reform titled Turning a Blind Eye? Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing. Nicole also contributed substantive research and writing to this report. Additionally, Nicole worked with Sara Blackwell to assess the National Action Plans (NAPs) on business and human rights that the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Finland, and Denmark published. Nicole continues to work on ICAR’s procurement reform program and National Action Plan program.
Legal and Policy Fellow
Dima Hussain is a Syrian lawyer specialized in human rights and international law. Dima is a grantee of Civil Society Leadership 2015/2016 award granted by Open Society Foundation. She has a Master of Law (LL.M) from Syracuse University College of Law and Bachelor in Law from Damascus University College of Law. She joins ICAR after being selected as a finalist for the Civil Society Professionals Program lead by Open Society Foundation. Prior to her master studies, Dima worked as a Field Coordinator at the Norwegian Refugee Council in Lebanon where she led a team of legal and information staff working on a legal project to provide information and counselling to Syrian refugees. Before that, Dima worked as a Project Manager with the Italian NGO (COSV) on a project to support Syrian peaceful activists and train them on human rights, transitional justice and other related subjects and support their small project initiatives. She has also previously worked with the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Syria as a Coordinator for the Women Shelter and a Senior Case Worker on Sex and Gender Based Violence prevention and response program.
Legal and Policy Intern
Paige Cunningham currently serves as a Legal and Policy Intern at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR).Paige is completing her last year at Northwestern University School of Law where she is earning her JD and LLM in International Human Rights. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2010, receiving a BA in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. Prior to joining Northwestern Law, Paige worked at The Center for American and International Law, helping to build continuing legal education programs in dynamic fields such as actual innocence and capital criminal defense. While at Northwestern, Paige has served as the NU Human Rights Project President, the Public Interest Law Group Week Chair, and as an associate editor for the Northwestern University Law Review. During her first summer at Northwestern, Paige interned at the Children and Family Justice Center conducting policy research for juvenile sentencing reform, and advocating for youth in delinquency trials, pre-trial hearings, juvenile appeals, and various collateral proceedings. In her second summer, she served as a legal intern at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation where she aided attorneys in civil litigation against perpetrators and facilitators of sexual harm, and advocated for appropriate and effective criminal prosecution of perpetrators. Most recently, Paige interned with Cabrini Green Legal Aid where she assisted in providing direct legal representation to low-income Chicago residents facing criminal charges. Paige also volunteers with several organizations in the Chicago area, including Working in the Schools, the Red Cross, and Chicago Youth Programs.
Legal and Policy Intern
Megan Iorio is a 2L at Georgetown Law. Prior to law school, Megan was the Organizing Director of Just Foreign Policy, a national grassroots advocacy organization focused on promoting progressive foreign policy reform, where her work primarily focused on helping to secure a diplomatic agreement between the US and Iran and advocating for Palestinian human rights. At Georgetown Law, Megan is a Public Interest Fellow, a Research Assistant at the Center for Privacy & Technology, and a member of the Human Rights Fact-Finding Project, which is researching institutional violence toward LGBT people in El Salvador. During her 1L summer, Megan was a Palestine Works Fellow at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Jerusalem. As an undergraduate, she studied classics at New York University.
Legal and Policy Intern
Rutuja Pol is an Indian lawyer who is presently pursing Master of Law (LL.M.) specializing in energy and human rights law from Georgetown University Law Center (GULC). She currently serves as a Legal Policy Intern at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR). She has a Bachelor in Law (LL.B.) from the University of Pune and has worked at the Bombay High Court, Mumbai for almost two years on matters pertaining to domestic violence, labor and environmental law issues. Rutuja has interned with TATA Power, Mumbai where she helped in successfully launching pisciculture programs for villagers inhabiting areas surrounding the company’s hydro-power plant in Maharashtra. While at TATA Power, she also edited and assisted in launching the Company’s annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Magazine in 2010 and authored a report on CSR activities of over fifty companies and ways of collaborating with them. Additionally, she has an experience of training over two thousand corporate women employees pan India in self-defense and their rights against sexual harassment at work place.