About the National Advisory Council
In accordance with the AIUSA By-laws, the Board of Directors established a National Advisory Council (NAC) in order to harness the wealth of institutional knowledge and organizational expertise of non-Board members to advise the Board and Chair when called upon.
Members of the NAC have a wide range of experience including national and international Amnesty experience as well as financial, governance, fundraising, and private sector expertise.
Jeff Bachman has been an Amnesty activist and member since 1988. In that time he has served in local, regional, national and international leadership roles, including local group coordinator, country and thematic specialist, AIUSA board member and chair, and AIUSA delegate to International Council Meetings. Currently, Jeff is a member of the International Board's Governance Committee, a position he has held since 2011. Since 2013, the committee's work has been primarily focused on developing proposals for reform of our international governance, which will be taken up by the movement at the 2017 International Council Meeting.
Jessica Carvalho Morris
Jessica Carvalho Morris is an international lawyer, scholar, teacher and consultant whose career has been dedicated to the expansion and promotion of human rights. The daughter of an American missionary who was kidnapped, tortured and expelled from Brazil by the Brazilian Army during the military dictatorship in the 1970s, Jessica has devoted her career to furthering international human rights. She is admitted to practice law in Brazil and Florida, and publishes and lectures on international human rights and aspects of Brazilian and American constitutional law.
Jessica is the Executive Director of Conectas Human Rights the largest Brazilian based organization working in the promotion of international human rights. Prior to joining Conectas, Jessica was the Director of the International Graduate Law Programs at the University of Miami School of Law. She also served as a Field Attorney for the U.S. at National Labor Relations Board, as an Associate in the firm of Greenberg Traurig, and early in her career worked with the Ministério Público do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil with women victims of domestic violence and on issues of prisoners' rights.
Jessica was a member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA from 2008 to 2014. She was the first Latina to serve as Vice Chair. She also served as chair the Governance Committee and was on the Executive Committee of the Board. She was the coordinator for the Miami Chapter of Amnesty International for five years, 2004-2009. In that position, she led the organization of one of the largest Florida state conferences and the Southern Regional Conference, and significantly expanded the fundraising and membership of the Miami Chapter with regular events. In addition to her work with AIUSA, she also co-chaired the Civil Rights Committee of the Florida Bar and was a member of the Board of the Florida International University Women's Center Advisory Council.
Krishanti Dharmaraj has over 25 years of experience working to realize human rights, particularly of women and girls. She is the Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. Ms. Dharmaraj is the founder of the Dignity Index, a human rights measurement tool utilized to ensure equity and inclusion to reduce identity-based discrimination. Previously, Ms. Dharmaraj was the Western Regional Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA. She is also the co-founder of WILD for Human Rights (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development), the Sri Lanka Children’s Fund and Children’s Fund for Peace. Under her leadership, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to pass legislation implementing an international human rights treaty. As a result of passing CEDAW in San Francisco the city implemented a gender analysis in departments that assessed employment, program and service delivery and resource allocation. Currently, the UN Women and the UN CSW NGO committee have adopted this groundbreaking initiative. She also initiated the US Human Rights Network in 1999 in San Francisco, CA, and led an international delegation of 35 advocates to the World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa. Ms. Dharmaraj is on the Board of Directors of IDEX, a Trustee of the North East Women’s Network, Sri Lanka and is an Advisory Board member if Machik, an organization serving those living in Tibet. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, Women, Law & Development, Horizon’s Foundation, Center for Asian Pacific Islander Women and La Casa de las Madres, a shelter for battered women. Ms. Dharmaraj has received numerous awards for her cutting-edge work, and has conducted trainings and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. She has an MBA from Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkley.
Since 2008, Ellen Dorsey has served as Executive Director of the Washington, D.C.-based Wallace Global Fund, a private foundation that focuses on environmental protection, advancement of democracy and human rights, and corporate accountability.
Previously, Dr. Dorsey was Senior Program Officer in the Environment Program for the Heinz Endowments, Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Institute, and founder of the Human Rights and Environment Program of Amnesty International. Dr. Dorsey holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and she holds a Fulbright Scholarship in South Africa. She has published widely on issues of global human rights, environment and development. She has served as professor and adjunct professor of international relations at several universities.
Dorsey served as Board Chair of Amnesty International USA and she currently serves on Boards of US Human Rights Network and the Global Initiative for Economic and Social Rights.
Curt Goering currently serves as Executive Director of CVT, an organization which heals the wounds of torture on individuals, their families and communities, and works to stop torture worldwide. Previously, Mr. Goering was the interim Head of the Gaza office for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2009 and 2010.
Work at AIUSA: As Chief Operating Officer at Amnesty International USA, where he worked for nearly 30 years, Mr. Goering chaired a global policy team based on five continents, leading to new research and advocacy policies. Over his professional career, Goering led a dozen Amnesty International missions including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Mongolia, Taiwan, Turkey, and Tanzania. His other positions with Amnesty included: researcher, advocacy director for Europe and the Middle East, and Senior Deputy Executive Director.
Frank Jannuzi serves as President of the Mansfield Foundation, promoting understanding and cooperation among the nations of East Asia and the United States. He previously served as Deputy Executive Director at Amnesty International, USA, where he promoted policies to advance respect for human rights, protect communities at risk, and free prisoners of conscience. From 1997-2012 Mr. Jannuzi was Policy Director, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), where he advised Committee Chairmen Joseph Biden and John Kerry. During his tenure at SFRC he was selected as a Hitachi Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, teaching at Keio University and serving as a visiting scholar at the Institute of International Policy Studies in Tokyo. Early in his career he served for nine years as an analyst in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Mr. Jannuzi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has traveled throughout Asia and has written extensively on East Asia policy issues, including U.S. relations with Japan, China, and North Korea. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Martin, and their two daughters Zoe and Camille.