Project Blueprint works for systemic change by aggregating and amplifying the voices of US-based human rights groups working with communities abroad impacted by United States Foreign Policy.
Project Blueprint’s advocacy is led by its Advisory Council Members, all of them progressive organizations applying a human rights-based approach to support the struggles of marginalized people outside the United States. Council Members work on the full range of economic, social, environmental, political and civil human rights, in dozens of countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. They are:
Project Blueprint’s Steering Committee is comprised of leaders in law, sociology, economics and activism, and supports Project Blueprint staff and the Advisory Council, providing assistance on program, communications and organizational issues.
Mobilizations Manager MoveOn
Kate Alexander (she/her) has more than 12 years of campaign and programmatic experience advancing progressive policy, with a focus on U.S. foreign policy, gender, and community organizing.
Her work has advised a range of actors, including the U.S. Department of Defense, United Nations Security Council, Government of Uganda, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Senator Bernie Sanders. She currently works for MoveOn Civic Action as the Mobilizations Manager and #NoWarWithIran campaign director and is based in Tucson, AZ.
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Dan Beeton directs communications for Center for Economic and Policy Research‘s international program. He has over twenty years of experience working on international policy issues with organizations including the Center for Economic Justice, Haiti Reborn, and the US Campaign for Burma.
Prior to joining CEPR, Dan was associate director for Citizens Trade Campaign where he did research and advocacy on US trade policy. His writings on Haiti, Latin America, trade, and other topics have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera America, the NACLA Report on the Americas (where he serves as a contributing editor), Third World Quarterly, and other publications.
Founder, Disaster Law Project
Kathleen Bergin is a recognized expert in Disaster Law, whose focus extends to US foreign and domestic disaster policy, humanitarian aid accountability, and the catastrophic impact of climate change.
Motivated by real-world experiences and a background teaching U.S. Constitutional Law, Kathy has been instrumental in promoting Disaster Law as an academic discipline and practice specialty.Her work has advised a range of actors, including the U.S. Department MotivShe is also a successful advocate. Her team in Haiti established binding precedent in a proceeding before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that reinforced post-disaster human rights obligations. Her work on mass evacuation shelters after Hurricane Katrina is used across the humanitarian sector as a blue-print for protecting displaced survivors. And her knowledge of constitutional standards helped coalition partners in Puerto Rico secure changes in the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria. She is a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness and the National Low-Income Housing Coalition’s Puerto Rico Working Group. Kathy has taught at Cornell Law School, South Texas College of Law, the University of Cincinnati Law School, and Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Clinical Professor of Law
Professor Carasik practiced law in the elder unit at Merrimack Valley Legal Services before opening her solo practice concentrating in disability rights and mental health law.
She left private practice to join the staff of the Center for Public Representation, a nationally recognized expert in the field of disability law, where she served as a supervisor for the Disability Law Clinic. After leaving CPR, Professor Carasik joined the faculty and has directed the Discrimination Law Clinic, where she served as voluntary counsel to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Legal Services Clinic, and has taught in the Judicial and Public Interest Externship Programs. Currently, Professor Carasik directs the International Human Rights Clinic. Her areas of interest include international human rights law, specifically focused on human rights and development, transitional justice and corporate accountability. Professor Carasik’s scholarly work has appeared in the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, the Clinical Law Review, and the Indiana Law Review. She also frequently writes commentary pieces.
Co-Chair of the Casco Bay Friends
of Safe Passage
Jane serves on the board of directors of the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine and of Mindbridge Center, and she is a Co-Chair of the Casco Bay Friends of Safe Passage. She worked as a program officer for Dietel Partners, a philanthropic advisory firm, with a focus on international corporate accountability and rule of law programs, and as a grant writer for Efficiency Maine with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Jane has spent many hours working on political campaigns and efforts to improve our democracy including instituting Ranked Choice Voting in Maine and limiting big money in politics. Jane is a graduate of Amherst College and Cornell Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After law school, Jane clerked for Hon. Joseph L. Tauro, a Federal District Court Judge in Boston, and then worked for several years as a litigation associate in Boston and Pittsburgh. Among many blessings, Jane lives in Yarmouth, Maine where she and her husband raised three kids and where she finds peace hiking in the woods with her family and dogs.
Clinical Instructor, Harvard Law School
Beatrice Lindstrom is a Clinical Instructor in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and the Supervising Attorney of HLS Advocates for Human Rights. Her work focuses on accountability of transnational actors, obligations of international organizations, and access to remedies.
Prior to joining Harvard, Lindstrom was Legal Director at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, where her work has focused on path-breaking advocacy to secure accountability from the UN for causing a devastating cholera epidemic in Haiti. She was lead counsel in Georges v. United Nations, a class action lawsuit on behalf of those injured by cholera. For her work on the cholera case, she received the Recent Graduate Award from the NYU Law Alumni Association and the Zanmi Ayiti Award from the Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast. Lindstrom was also previously an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and Haiti country expert for Freedom House. She holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholar, and a B.A. from Emory University.
Co-Founder, Right to Health Action
Jon Shaffer is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Boston University. His interests lie at the intersection of global health, human rights, science and technology studies, and social movements.
Specifically, Jon studies how global health organizations resist dominant field pressures and develop alternative strategies to advance state-protected universal health care access, social change, and human rights. He is also interested in the social construction of global health science and how this knowledge affects global health policy making. Previously, Jon served as the Executive Director of GlobeMed, a student-driven global health movement from 2009-2011 and in 2012 he founded PIH Engage, the grassroots community organizing and advocacy arm of Partners In Health.
PROJECT BLUEPRINT STAFF
Human rights lawyer and activist Brian Concannon founded Project Blueprint in October, 2020. He previously founded the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and served as its Executive Director from 2004-2006.
IJDH’s experience working for a more just U.S. foreign policy towards Haiti—especially finding that busy advocates too often responded in a fragmented way to problematic policies applied systematically to many countries—spurred the creation of Project Blueprint. Brian lived in Haiti from 1995-2004, where he co-managed the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and served as a UN Human Rights Officer. He graduated from Middlebury College and Georgetown University Law Center, and has received fellowships from Harvard Law School and Brandeis University. Brian has written extensively on human rights and United States Foreign Policy, including book chapters, and Op-eds.