Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, LLC. He is also founder of Freedom Now, an independent non-governmental organization that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide. Referred to by the New York Times as “The Extractor” for his work freeing political prisoners, he was previously a partner in the government affairs practice of DLA Piper LLP and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Genser has taught semester-long seminars about the UN Security Council at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania law schools. He was an Associate of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University from 2014-2016, a Visiting Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy from 2006-2007, and was previously named by the National Law Journal as one of “40 Under 40: Washington’s Rising Stars.” His past clients have included former Czech Republic President Václav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Liu Xiaobo, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel. Among his current clients are imprisoned Venezuelan politician Leopoldo López, former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, and the widow of Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia.
He holds a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.P.P. from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was an Alumni Public Service Fellow, and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
Genser is author of The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2018). In addition, he is co-editor of The UN Security Council in the Age of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Times (Oxford University Press, 2011). Genser is the recipient of the American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award, Liberty in North Korea’s Freedom Fighter Award, and the Charles Bronfman Prize. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Profiles – Print
- Human Rights Hero Jared Genser on Dictators and the World’s Worst Prisons, American Lawyer Litigation Daily, March 15, 2016
- 5 Humble Humanitarian Heroes, Take Part, August 19, 2011
- DLA Piper Alum Launches Practice Focused on Humanitarian Issues, Washington Post, July 3, 2011
- “I’m an American:” When Democracy Advocate Nyi Nyi Aung Was Arrested in Burma, It Took a Determined Washington Lawyer to Get Him Home, Washingtonian, October 2010
- What It Takes: A Persistent Voice for Human Rights, Washington Post Capital Business, June 7, 2010
- Freedom Fighter: One Man’s Lawyer, John F. Kennedy School of Government Bulletin, Spring 2008
- A Friend in Need, American Lawyer, October 2007
Profiles – Television and Radio
- Sunday Profile, ABC Radio (Australia), June 30, 2013
- Conversations with Great Minds with Thom Hartmann, RT, June 29, 2012
Admissions and Memberships
- Supreme Court of Maryland
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Supreme Court of England and Wales
- Council on Foreign Relations, Member (Elected 2013)
- World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader (2008-2013)
- World Economic Forum, Member of Global Agenda Council for Human Rights (2010-2011)
- British American Project Fellow (Elected 2008)
- French-American Foundation Young Leaders Program (Elected 2011)
- Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit Delegate (Elected 2009)
- U.S.-Japan Young Leadership Fellow (Elected 2009)
Nicole Santiago is an Associate at Perseus Strategies, LLC. She is a graduate of Northeastern University Law School, and holds a B.A. from DePaul University, where she graduated summa cum laude from the honors program with a Bachelor in international studies and minors in Spanish and political science. She was an Editor-in-Chief of the Northeastern University Law Journal for the 2013-2014 academic year and she worked as a research assistant with the Program on Human Rights in Global Economy, where she studied large-scale land acquisitions in Latin America. During law school, Nicole interned with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable in Washington, DC, Oxfam America in Boston, and the Office of Deval L. Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts. She is conversant in Spanish and French. She is a member of the bar of Massachusetts but is not authorized to practice law in the District of Columbia.
Mary Brooks is Special Assistant to the Managing Director at Perseus Strategies, LLC. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in Government and a Foreign Language Citation in Modern Standard Arabic. While in college, Mary interned for the White House Office of Operations during the Obama Administration, conducted research on global refugee policies and frameworks, and worked at the Justice Studies Center of the Americas in Santiago de Chile. She also served as a senior organizer for international and domestic conferences for Harvard’s International Relations Council. She is conversant in Spanish and Jordanian Arabic.
Juan Pablo Miramontes is the Václav Havel Human Rights Fellow at Perseus Strategies, LLC. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in Social Studies and a Foreign Language Citation in French. During college, Juan conducted research on immigrant integration policies in France and the United States. He worked directly on refugee resettlement as an intern for the International Rescue Committee and the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinic. He also interned at the Buenos Aires-based Center for the Implementation of Public Policies in Growth and Equity (CIPPEC), where he studied the effects of political decentralization on democratic governance. Additionally, he helped organize numerous conferences in the US and abroad simulating various UN and OAS bodies. He is fluent in Spanish and French and conversant in Portuguese.
Ashley McLaughlin Leen
Ashley McLaughlin Leen is a Legal Intern at Perseus Strategies, LLC. She recently completed her first year of studies at The George Washington University School of Law. After graduating from Boston College magna cum laude with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Italian, Ashley worked for five years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Boston and Dallas Field Offices. As an Intelligence Analyst, she led research, data analysis, and strategic reporting for national security and criminal – specifically gangs and violent crime – investigations. Desiring to work in international development, Ashley then worked for three and a half years as the Co-Director of the Lulu Project, a community-based women’s empowerment program in northwestern Tanzania. She is fluent in Swahili and conversant in Italian.
Fleur Behrendt is completing her bachelor’s degree in North American Studies with a focus on Political Science and Economics at the Freie Universität Berlin. She is currently studying abroad at the University of California, Irvine. During her time at UC Irvine, she interned with the Housing Security Commission of the Associated Students of UC Irvine where she worked on eliminating housing insecurity among students. She has previously volunteered at a home for refugees in Berlin and interned with a Member of the German Parliament. Additionally, she has participated in various simulations of European Union bodies in Germany. She is fluent in German and French.