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Jared Genser

Jared Genser is the founder of Freedom Now, a nonprofit organization that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide, and the managing director of Perseus Strategies, LLC. Previously, he was a partner in the government affairs practice of DLA Piper LLP. In 2009, the National Law Journal selected him as one of its “40 Under 40: Washington’s Rising Stars.” His pro bono clients have included Aung San Suu Kyi and Liu Xiaobo. Genser was a 2006-2007 visiting fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy, is a life-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Forum of Young Global Leaders. Genser was awarded the American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award in 2013. In 2015, for the 15th Anniversary of U.N. Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security), Genser and Perseus Strategies, LLP contributed to a report commissioned by the HRF that reviewed and tracked past U.N. actions with reference to Resolution 1325. In December 2016, Genser organized human rights groups to protest a Hanukkah party hosted by the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington, D.C., calling it a “transparent attempt by Azerbaijan to portray itself as a stable, Western-facing democracy, an image designed to direct public attention away from its repeated human rights abuses and systemic corruption,” (The Forward, Dec. 2016). Currently Genser continues his work with Perseus Strategies, LLP and Freedom Now advocating for the release of political prisoners and victims of repressive regimes. He frequently writes opinion pieces on human rights in major international publications.

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