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Hundreds of individuals in the United States, United Kingdom, Ghana, and Liberia offered up their time to make the Liberia TRC Diaspora Project possible.  It would be impossible to list them all here, but The Advocates wishes to thank each of them for their efforts. It would not have been possible to extend the TRC process to Liberians in diaspora without the valuable contributions of the members of the Liberian Advisory Committee and the Pro Bono Management Team (especially Dulce Foster, Dianne Heins, Mark Kalla, and James O’Neal). In particular, The Advocates expresses profound gratitude to the Liberian TRC Diaspora Project Advisory Committee and to those individuals who volunteered as statement takers to document the stories of Liberians in the diaspora. And to those Liberians who shared their stories, either by giving a statement or testifying publicly at hearings, we are humbled by their strength and courage.


The Advocates also thanks the law firms listed below for their contribution of major administrative and volunteer support to the Liberia TRC Diaspora Project:

Faegre & Benson LLP

Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

Dorsey & Whitney LLP


For significant local project management and coordination, The Advocates thanks the following law firms:

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Dechert LLP

DLA Piper

Fried Frank Shriver & Jacobson LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Schiff Hardin LLP

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP


The Advocates thanks the law firms listed below for their contribution of significant volunteer resources and research to the Liberia TRC Diaspora Project:

Alston & Byrd

Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll

Blank Rome

Briggs & Morgan P.A.

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge

Eversheds LLP

Gray Plant Mooty

Kilpatrick Stockton

Leonard Street & Deinard

Lindquist & Vennum LLP

Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand

Mayer Brown International LLP

Pepper Hamilton

Reed Smith

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young

Sun Life

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP


The Advocates thanks the following Liberian community organizations for their support of the Liberia TRC Diaspora Project:

Liberian Association of Metro Atlanta (LAMA)

Liberian Association of Metro Washington, D.C.

Liberian Association of Northern New Jersey

Liberian Community Association of Rhode Island Inc. (LCARI)

Liberian Mandingo Association of Pennsylvania

Liberian Refugee Welfare Council (Buduburam, Ghana)

Organization of Liberians in Chicago, Illinois

Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM)

Staten Island Liberian Community Association (SILCA)

The Liberian Organization of the Piedmont

Union of Liberian Organizations – UK (ULO-UK)


The Advocates thanks the following academic partners for their support of the Liberia TRC Diaspora Project:

American University

Columbia University International Trauma Studies Program

Columbia University Law School

Emory University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Hamline University

Luther Seminary

Morehouse College

New York University Law School

Northwestern University School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic

Roger Williams University School of Law

Seton Hall Law School

Spelman College

University of Minnesota Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking

University of Pennsylvania Law School Transnational Law Clinic


The Advocates thanks the following individuals and organizational partners for their support:


African Refuge

Bill Cameron Photography

The Carter Center

Center for Victims of Torture

Chris Carlson

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Mary L. Dunnewold*

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin*

HIAS (Philadelphia)

Hon. Wilhelmina M. Wright*

J. Austin & Associates

James E. Dorsey*

Jeremy Prestholdt*

Ken Fox

Liberian Ministers Association of Minnesota

Liberian Women Initiatives – Minnesota

Liberty Center for Survivors of Torture

Magnetic Pictures, Bob Vaaler

Margaret Chutich*

Mary Moran*

Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters and Captioners (MAVRC)

Nationality Service Center

Refugee Resettlement Services of Atlanta

Southern Truth & Reconciliation (S.T.A.R.)

St. Paul Neighborhood News Network (SPNN)


The Advocates thanks local Liberian media for support and assistance with communication and outreach.

Finally, The Advocates thanks our interns and fellows without whom this project would not have been possible:

Kara Apland

Simone Bak

Kathie Carroll

Tim Connelly

Richard Cox

Anna Croft

Maggie Crosby

Mariana Ferreiro

Steve Hench

Ben Guthrie

Tarja Hamalainen

Chelsea Hanson

Will Heegaard

Alisha Hilde

Bassam Khawaja

Heather Kunin

Leah Loomis

Eve A. Lotter

Amanda Lyons

Nathan Madson

Erin McCabe

Katie Messner-Hage

Jonathan Moler

Monica Nevin

George Norris

Seyon Nyanwleh

Deirdre O’Brien

Mary Rude

Jared Shepherd

Korir Sing’Oei

Robyn Skrebes

Saren E. Stiegel

Soukeyna Sylla

Arnold Tsunga

Eissa Villaseñor

Michael Walters

Alexander M. Wepsala

Page Whitmore

Lauren Wood



* Denotes report reviewer.