Raymond, Laura

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Advocacy Program Manager, International Human Rights


Laura has over fourteen years of experience organizing, writing, and advocating on social justice and human rights issues in the U.S. and internationally.  Much of Laura’s work focuses on the impact of U.S. actors, corporations and government policies and practices abroad.

Currently, Laura is managing the Center’s advocacy work regarding the 2009 Honduras coup d’etat, the Right to Heal Initiative, private military contractors, our non-legal advocacy work in SMUG v. Lively, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla FOIA case, our Vatican accountability work, among other issues. Previously, Laura led the Center’s advocacy work in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, including our advocacy to stop U.S. deportations to Haiti and stop evictions from Internally Displaced Persons camps, she also managed non-legal strategies in some of the Center’s torture accountability cases as well as our case against Shell for human rights abuses in Nigeria.

She is the co-editor of The Global Activist’s Manual: Local Ways to Change the World (Nation Books, 2002) and the author of numerous articles on human rights and organizing; she maintains a blog on Firedoglake. Prior to CCR, Laura was the National Student Organizer for the National Lawyers Guild (NLG); she was the recipient of the NLG's Legal Worker of the Year Award in 2005. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Service, Leadership, and Management, with a focus on Policy Advocacy, from SIT Graduate Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies, with a focus on Globalization and Community Restructuring, from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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