Co-Chairs and Organizer

The International Committee is led by a Steering Committee representing our Subcommittees, and annually elects three co-chairs to organize the work of the IC, represent the IC at the NLG’s National Executive Committee, and lead the development of the Guild’s international work.

Our co-chairs are:

Jeanne Mirer is Co-Chair of the International Committee.  She is currently President of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, a founding Board Member of the International Commission for Labor Rights and a Board Member of the Sugar Law Center. Additionally, Jeanne is a member of the Core and the National Board of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign. She has been a member of the NLG for 42 years and has held numerous positions in the Guild. She practices labor, employment and civil rights law  in New York City. Among her clients are Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange who have taken to court the U.S. chemical companies that profited from manufacturing the poison. In addition to the Guild and the IADL, she is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the National Employment Law Association, and the NAACP.  Jeanne has a deep and extensive history of work in both the international and domestic sphere, including the application of international laws, standards and treaties to the United States. She has authored and co-authored countless white papers, briefs, and articles on everything from the human right to peace, to Agent Orange, to drones, to women’s rights, to labor law and international law.

Suzanne Adely is a graduate of City University of New York School of Law. Co-chair of the International Committee, she is also a founder of the Middle East, North Africa Labor Solidarity Network in the U.S. Prior to working with the UAW she was a civil rights coordinator with Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) in Queens, NY, and a legal worker with the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (Cairo). Suzanne is also a longtime organizer. In Chicago, she worked on campaigns with the Arab American Action Network and the Chicago Coalition to Protect People’s Rights, challenging War on Terror policies. Suzanne has been active in anti-war and Palestine solidarity organizing in the U.S. since her youth. Suzanne is the daughter of Jordanian workers and grew up in Yonkers, New York. For 10 years, she worked as a high school teacher in New York City and Cairo. She is a long-time member of Al-Awda-NY, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Defend the Egyptian Revolution Committee of New York. This past spring Suzanne organized an NLG delegation which brought U.S. lawyers to Egypt.

Jordan Winquist is co-chair of the larger NLG International Committee (IC) and also co-chair of its Environmental Human Rights subcommittee (EHRC). With the Guild, he has participated on delegations to Venezuela and Belgium (Brussels). Jordan is an immigration attorney near Philadelphia, PA at a small community law office.

Charlotte Kates is the part-time organizer of the NLG International Committee. A graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, she managed the education and advocacy work of the Center for Constitutional Rights’ Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative before working as a disability rights and inclusion advocate in Vancouver, BC. She is the international coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, a member of the organizing collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and a long-time organizer with Al-Awda-NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

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