Ms. Chirimar is a human rights attorney from India with 14 years of experience in domestic and international courts on a wide range of legal matters. She started her career with Human Rights Law Network, where she undertook litigation, advocacy, and legal empowerment work in the courts of Delhi. She specialized in rights of persons with disabilities and represented victim/survivors of child sexual abuse during trial. Following the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, Ms. Chirimar moved to Srinagar to provide legal aid in disaster struck villages along the border, bringing nearly 800 claims to the High Court in a public interest case for comprehensive rehabilitation. In 2007, she started as an intern and then became a Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. After that she worked as a Legal Officer at the Khmer Rouge Court in Cambodia. In 2017, she was the Wasserstein Fellow-in-Residence at the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising and the International Human Rights Program at the Harvard Law School. Currently, Ms. Chirimar launched a new initiative ‘Action Against Prohibited Conduct,’ a global online legal resource on sexual harassment, retaliation and other forms of discrimination for people working in international organisations. She holds a Bachelor of Social & Legal Sciences and a Bachelor of Laws from Symbiosis Law College, University of Pune and an LL.M in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Gregory Jackson, Esq.
Mr. Jackson has extensive experience as an international advisor on human rights, the military, and security sector reform. He worked in South Sudan advising the South Sudan Ministry of Defense, and in Iraq advising the Iraqi High Tribunal prosecuting former Baathist Regime members for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Mr. Jackson has fifteen years of experience as a military attorney and as a foreign advisor in Africa, the Middle East, and in places as culturally different as South Korea and Burkina Faso. Mr. Jackson also served as the Hawaii Director for the Office of Veterans Services during the Abercrombie Administration. He currently works as a judge advocate for the Hawaii Army National Guard and as a civilian at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
Joyce Seelen, Esq.
Ms. Seelen brings over 30 years of legal experience to the advisory board. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctor from the Denver School of Law. She began her career as a Colorado Public Defender in 1980 and has focused her career on defending the indigent and protecting the abused against institutions including the Catholic Church. In 2003 she moved to the Big Island of Hawaii and became a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Hawaii. Her contributions to defending human rights have included defending children who were victims of pedophiles connected to religious institutions and representing children who were the victims of negligence by medical and psychological professionals.
Linda L. Walton, Esq.
As an advisory board member, Ms. Walton provides the board with legal support and advice. She is an experienced prosecutor having spent over twenty-four years (1990-2014) at the Hawaii County Prosecutor’s Office. Her trial experience includes various areas of criminal law including homicide, child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and drug cases. She also volunteered to arbitrate matters in the Hawaii arbitration program from 2000-2010.
Prior to these positions, Ms. Walton worked for the Alaska Attorney General litigating civil, eminent domain, and construction contract matters, and prosecuting sexual assault cases. She also represented the Department of Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources on gasoline pipeline proposals in Alaska. In 1980, she gained further policy experience and drafted legislation for the United States Trust Territory of Palau, now the country of Belau. She worked at Rice, Hoppner and Hedland as a civil litigator and criminal defense attorney in remote Alaskan villages.