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Presentation by Stephen J. Rapp, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Criminal Justice
Monday, December 3, 2012 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Ambassador Rapp heads the Office of Global Criminal Justice in the U.S. Department of State. He will discuss war crimes prosecutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the International Criminal Court's prosecutions of war crimes in Africa.

Ambassador Rapp was appointed by President Obama, assuming his duties on September 8, 2009. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Rapp served as Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone responsible for leading prosecutions of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and other persons alleged to bear the greatest responsibility for the atrocities committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. His office won the first convictions in history for recruitment and use of child soldiers and for sexual slavery and forced marriage as crimes under international humanitarian law.

Ambassador Rapp also served as Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, personally heading the trial team that achieved convictions of the principals in the media trial, the first in history for leaders of the mass media for the crime of direct and public incitement to commit genocide.

The Ambassador was United States Attorney in the Northern District of Iowa, worked as an attorney in private practice and served as Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and as an elected member of the Iowa Legislature.

Sponsored by: African Affairs Committee, Christina Holder, Chair

Co-sponsored by: Council on International Affairs, Bettina B. Plevan, Chair; United Nations Committee, Ulysses Smith, Chair; Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, Alexander Papachristou, Executive Director

The program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to elizabethbarad@gmail.com

Event Location: 42 West 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)