REDRESS: some important staff management changes

Dadimos Haile, a former Ethiopian High Court judge, has been appointed interim director of REDRESS, an organization which helps torture survivors seek justice. He will take up the role on 1 October 2012 on a 9-month secondment.

Haile will be covering for Carla Ferstman, REDRESS’ permanent director, who has received a prestigious United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship in Washington, DC. Ferstman, who joined REDRESS in 2001 and became its Director in 2005, will be spending time in residence at USIP, the centre created by the US Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence.

Haile holds a Doctorate from Duke University School of Law, USA. He also holds a Master from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and a law degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Haile joined REDRESS in December 2011 as a Legal Advisor and has been responsible for coordinating one of its global projects aimed at sharing expertise and strengthening practices around the world in order to eradicate torture and respond more effectively to torture allegations. Haile has represented REDRESS in various regional and international meetings.

Before joining REDRESS, Haile worked as the Head of the International Justice Programme of Avocats Sans Frontières. He was previously a Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Development Policy and Management at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

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Note: REDRESS was founded by a British torture survivor in 1992. Since then, it has consistently fought for the rights of torture survivors and their families in the UK and abroad. It takes legal challenges on behalf of survivors, works to ensure that torturers are punished and that survivors and their families obtain remedies for their suffering. REDRESS has brought cases in a number of international and regional jurisdictions. It also fought for the incorporation of key provisions for victims into the Rome Statute which established the ICC.