Honoree: Wanda Akin

Wanda M. Akin, Esq. is Co-Founder of the International Justice Project. She maintains her private law practice in Newark, NJ and is an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law and School of Diplomacy & International Relations.
Her 33 years of experience as a trial lawyer span a wide variety of controversies from criminal defense in US and international courts to complex litigation.

The mission of the International Justice Project (IJP) is to protect human rights by advancing the rule of law.
As a part of this commitment to dignity and justice, the IJP is dedicated to assisting victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in their struggle for recognition and inclusion in domestic and international judicial forums.  The IJP also aspires to advance legal protections for human rights by offering professional consultations, trainings and guidance to individuals, corporations, governments and non-governmental organizations

Wanda is a member of the List of Counsel, qualified to represent accused and victims before the International Criminal Court (ICC), and represents victims of the Darfur Crisis.
She was awarded the 2009 NAACP Newark Unit Freedom Fund Award for her work as co-founder of the International Justice Project.

Ms. Akin is also a periodic guest commentator on Court TV, MS-NBC, Inside The Law (PBS) NJN (New Jersey Network); UPN 9 News and CN8 It’s Your Call. She covered the delivery of the acquittal of O.J. Simpson for America’s Talking and discussed the reaction of African American Women to the verdict on Rivera Live. She was MS-NBC’s political commentator during the 2000 Republican and Democratic National Conventions and the 2000 Presidential Election. She is a frequent panelist/lecturer and seminar producer on issues concerning the trial bar and in particular, International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Among these recent engagements,  Ms. Akin in conjunction with her husband and co-counsel Raymond M. Brown, led panels on special challenges in international law at the Arab Diplomat Training Program for UNITAR; was a speaker on conflict resolution and peace building for Swiss Peace in Entebbe, Uganda; lectured on victims participation in the ICC and violence against women in Darfur at the United Nations Association’s International Women’s Day; and discussed the latest developments in the Darfur Crisis and the recent decision of the ICC to issue an arrest warrant for the President of Sudan at the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Rule of Law Conference. Wanda is also counsel to three publishing houses as well as authors and writers in literary matters. She has appeared on TODAY, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight and New York’s NewsChannel 4 with respect to cases and with clients on literary matters.