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North America

CANADA

Canadian Centre for International Justice

Location(s): Ottawa, Canada, +1-613-230-6114; Vancouver, Canada, +1-604-569-1778
Area(s) of law: International Criminal Law; International Human Rights Law; Civil Litigation, General business & human rights
Representative case(s): Anvil Mining lawsuit (re Dem. Rep. Congo)Nevsun lawsuit (re Bisha mine, Eritrea); Tahoe Resources lawsuit (re Guatemala)
Lawyer(s): Matt Eisenbrandt (Legal Director), [email protected]

James Yap

Location(s): Toronto, Canada, +1 416 992 5266
Area(s) of law: General business & human rights; Beatings & violence; Deaths; Genocide; Injuries; Killings; Rape & sexual abuse; Slavery; Torture & ill-treatment; Environment: General; Forced labour & modern slavery; Mining
Representative case(s): Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re enforcement of Ecuador decision in Canada)Nevsun lawsuit (re Bisha mine, Eritrea)
Lawyer(s): James Yap, [email protected]

Klippensteins Barristers & Solicitors

Location(s): Toronto, Canada, +1 416 598-0288
Area(s) of law: Complicity; Killings; Security issues & conflict zones
Representative case(s): HudBay Minerals lawsuits (re Guatemala)
Lawyer(s): Murray Klippenstein, [email protected], Cory Wanless, [email protected]

Trudel Johnston

Location(s): Montreal, Canada, +1 514 871 8385
Area(s) of law: Complicity; Killings; Security issues & conflict zones; Class actions
Representative case(s): Anvil Mining lawsuit (re Dem.Rep. of Congo)
Lawyer(s): Bruce W. Johnston, [email protected]

Andrew E. Cleland

Location(s): Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Area(s) of law: Transnational corporate accountability; Civil litigation; Beatings & violence; Torture & ill-treatment; Killings; Rape & sexual abuse; Human trafficking; Child labour; Forced labour & modern slavery; Workplace conditions, health and safety; Forced displacement; Environmental: general; Health: general
Representative case(s): Anvil Mining lawsuit (re Dem.Rep. of Congo)
Lawyer(s): Andrew E. Cleland, [email protected]

USA

Akeel Valentine

Location(s): Troy, Michigan, USA, +1 248 918 4542
Area(s) of law: Discrimination; Labour; Security issues & conflict zones; Torture & ill-treatment
Representative case(s): Abu Ghraib lawsuits against CACI, Titan (now L-3)
Lawyer(s):
Shereef Akeel, [email protected]

Burke PLLC

Location(s): Baltimore, Maryland, USA, +1 410 733 5444
Area(s) of law:
 Discrimination; Environment; Labour; Health; Illness; Rape & sexual abuse; Torture & ill-treatment
Representative case(s):
Abu Ghraib lawsuits against CACI
Lawyer(s): Susan Burke, [email protected]

Center for Constitutional Rights

Location(s): New York, NY, USA, +1 212-614-6464
Area(s) of law: Complicity; Killings; Security issues & conflict zones; Torture & ill-treatment
Representative case(s): Abu Ghraib lawsuits against CACI; Blackwater USA lawsuits (re 16 Sep 2007 Baghdad incident); Chevron lawsuit (re Nigeria); Shell lawsuit (re Nigeria - Kiobel & Wiwa)
Lawyer(s): Baher Azmy, Legal Directory, [email protected]; Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney, [email protected]; Maria LaHood, Senior Staff Attorney, [email protected]

 Cohen Milstein

Location(s): Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 408 4600
Area(s) of law: Complicity; Human trafficking; Killings; Security issues & conflict zones
Representative case(s): Chiquita lawsuits (re Colombia); ExxonMobil lawsuit (re Aceh); KBR lawsuit (re human trafficking in Iraq)
Lawyer(s): Benjamin Brown, [email protected]; Agnieszka Fryzman, [email protected]

EarthRights International

Location(s): Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 466 5188
Area(s) of law: Environment; Health; Illness; Indigenous peoples; Killings; Security issues & conflict zones
Representative case(s):
Chevron lawsuit (re Nigeria);Chiquita lawsuits (re Colombia); Union Carbide/Dow lawsuit (re Bhopal); Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar); Shell lawsuit (re Nigeria - Kiobel & Wiwa)
Lawyer(s): Rick Herz, Litigation Coordinator, [email protected]; Katie Redford, Co-founder & Director, [email protected]; Marco Simons, Legal Director, [email protected]

Environmental Defender Law Center

Location(s): Bozeman, Montana, USA, +1 406 586 8294 & Brazil
Area(s) of law: Human Rights & environment; Indigenous peoples; Health; Illness
Representative case(s):
Monterrico Metals lawsuit (re Peru); Boliden lawsuit (re Chile)
Lawyer(s): Lewis Gordon, Director, [email protected] 

See also contact in Brazil, in Latin America section

George Washington University Law School

Location(s): Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 994 6261
Area(s) of law: Alien Tort Claims Act; Complicity; Torture & ill-treament
Reprsentative case(s): Shell lawsuit (re Nigeria - Kiobel & Wiwa)
Lawyer(s): Ralph Steinhardt, [email protected]

Harvard Law International Human Rights Clinic

Location(s): Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, +1 617 495 5202
Area(s) of law:
Alien Tort Claims Act (USA); Security issues & conflict zones
Representative case(s):
Abu Ghraib lawsuits against CACI, Titan (now L-3); Apartheid reparations lawsuits (re So. Africa); Shell lawsuit (re Nigeria - Kiobel & Wiwa); Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar)
Lawyer(s):
Tyler Giannini, [email protected]; Susan Farbstein, [email protected]

Hausfeld & Co. LLP

Location(s): Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 540 7200 & London, UK
Area(s) of law: Complicity; Health; Illness; Torture & ill-treament
Representative case(s): Apartheid reparations lawsuits (re So. Africa); Union Carbide/Dow lawsuit (re Bhopal)
Lawyer(s): Michael Hausfeld, [email protected]

See also contact in UK, in Europe section

Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center

Location(s): Washington, DC, USA
Area(s) of law: Human trafficking, modern slavery
Representative case(s):
Lawyer(s): Martina Vandenberg, [email protected] 

International Rights Advocates

Location(s): Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 543 5811
Area(s) of law: Killings; Labour; Security issues & conflict zones
Representative case(s): Chiquita lawsuits (re Colombia); Coca-Cola lawsuit (re Colombia); Drummond lawsuit (re Colombia); ExxonMobil lawsuit (re Aceh); Nestlé, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland lawsuit (re Côte d'Ivoire); Occidental lawsuit (re Colombia)
Lawyer(s):
Terry Collingsworth, [email protected]

Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman

Location(s): Venice, California, USA, +1 310 396 0731
Area(s) of law: Complicity; Environment; Killings; Security issues & conflict zones; Torture & ill-treament
Representative case(s):  Apartheid reparations lawsuits (re So. Africa); Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar); Shell lawsuit (re Nigeria - Kiobel & Wiwa)
Lawyer(s): Paul Hoffman, [email protected]