EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Julie Matonich is a trial attorney at Matonich Law. For over a decade, she represented clients accused of criminal offenses, including indigent first-time offenders facing incarceration and separation from their young children. In Minnesota, she has done pro bono work for Advocates for Human Rights, representing clients in asylum cases, and she has served as board member for the Page Education Foundation, the Minnesota Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum.
James Ron holds the Harold E. Stassen Chair for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs & Department of Political Science. He is also an affiliated professor with Mexico’s Centre for Economic Research & Teaching (CIDE). Mr. Ron has worked for the Associated Press in Jerusalem, for Human Rights Watch in Palestine, Nigeria, Turkey, the Albanian-Kosovo border, the Ingush-Chechen border, and Kyrgyzstan; the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva and the former Yugoslavia; and for CARE about its work in Africa.
Theodora Gaïtas is an attorney with the law firm of Matonich Law. Before joining the firm, she was a public defender for seventeen years, focusing primarily on appeals. She has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the Rules of Criminal Procedure. Ms. Gaïtas is currently a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the Rules of Evidence. She also chairs the Jungle Theater Board of Directors, and serves on the board for CAMP!, a nonprofit children’s theater program.
Peter Thompson is a Minnesota attorney with vast experience in criminal justice and human rights law. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney and Federal Public Defender. Mr. Thompson’s private practice, Lundquist and Sicoli, Ltd., included high profile criminal defense and pro bono work. Mr. Thompson was also active with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights regarding war crimes and human rights investigations. He currently teaches law school courses, including legal ethics.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Barbara Frey is the Director of the Human Rights Program in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. She is well known as an international human rights teacher, advocate and scholar. She has served as an alternate member of the U.N. Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, a Special Rapporteur of the Sub-Commission to conduct a study on the issue of preventing human rights abuses committed with small arms and light weapon, and as Executive Director of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. She is a co-convener of the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights.
Emma Naughton Ron is a human rights expert and founder of Lucid Collaborative. She is an international development and human rights specialist with more than 20 years of experience in conflict-affected environments in the Middle East and Africa. Prior to consulting, she also worked at the International Development Research Center, Human Rights First, and Oxfam. She has a Master’s degree in Sociology from New York University, and a Master’s in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.
Paul Dosh is an associate professor of political science at Macalester College. Mr. Dosh earned his PhD at UC Berkeley and has also taught at Carleton College and San Quentin Prison. A Fulbright-Hays scholar, he is an expert on Latin American politics, and the cofounder of Building Dignity Paul has been involved in prisoner advocacy in California and Minnesota through political activism, giving legal testimony, and producing artistic and educational events focused on prisoner rights and mass incarceration.
Norah Shapiro After a decade-long career as a Hennepin County public defender, producer/director Norah Shapiro left practicing law to pursue documentary filmmaking. Her films have gained much recognition. Her production company, Flying Pieces Productions also produces freelance documentary-style videos to help nonprofits, artists, and businesses. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Pillsbury United Communities, is the Chair of the Pillsbury House Theatre Advisory Board and volunteers with Reading Partners.
Dulce Foster is a shareholder of the Fredrikson & Byron law firm in Minneapolis, where she chairs the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense group and serves as a member of the Fredrikson Foundation Board of Directors. Her work regularly involves defending individuals who are facing the potential consequences of incarceration. Ms. Foster has volunteered for the Advocates for Human Rights as the Pro Bono Management Team for the Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission Diaspora Project. She also chaired an FBA project targeted at providing transportation to children of incarcerated women from Minnesota to the prison in Pekin, Illinois.
Michael Holland is an attorney with the Office of the Hennepin County Public Defender, where he has worked for over 20 years. During that time, he has represented children accused of criminal offenses as well as children and parents whose children were in need of protective services (ChiPS). Many of these parents spent time in correctional facilities or were incarcerated and unable to care for them. He has seen firsthand generations of families affected by incarceration. Throughout his career, he has also represented adults accused of criminal offenses. Many of these clients faced being separated from their children and families. He has served on the board of the Larry Brown Youth Education Corporation and on the board of The Cabrini Partnership.
Veronica Horowitz was one of the first CIC interns. She started with CIC while working on her PhD in Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Veronica is still working on her doctorate, focusing her research on American criminal punishment with an emphasis on gender. As an intern Veronica focused primarily on collecting and synthesizing extant research on the deleterious consequences of parental incarceration—for communities, caregivers, and their children. As Veronica explains “The research I conducted at CIC has been immensely useful for my teaching. I now make it a point to cover the costs of caregiver incarceration on children – an important topic that I think may be unintentionally overlooked in some criminal justice courses.” Following her internship Veronica has continued working on her Doctorate and remains involved with CIC.