Brandee M. Butler

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Brandee Butler is a MacArthur Foundation "Program Officer for Human Rights and International Justice in the Global Security and Sustainability Program.

"Before joining the Foundation in 2006, Brandee practiced law at the Alliance for Children's Rights, a legal non-profit organization that helps children in the dependency system gain access to education, health care, and other benefits and services in Los Angeles County. Brandee was also a volunteer at Save Africa's Children, a foundation in Los Angeles that supports community-based organizations serving children affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to practicing at the Alliance, Brandee was awarded the Yale Law School Bernstein Fellowship for International Human Rights and worked on issues of child trafficking at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Libreville, Gabon. Her work entailed documenting and developing strategies to improve the state protocol for repatriating victims of child trafficking, advocating for bilateral coordination of repatriation/reunification protocols, and developing awareness campaigns on child trafficking and exploitation. Brandee also practiced civil litigation at a law firm in Los Angeles, and interned at Rape Crisis Center in Cape Town and the Center for the Study of AIDS at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where she researched and wrote about the legal and human rights implications of South Africa’s AIDS crisis.

"Brandee graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University and received a J.D. from Yale Law School." [1]

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  1. Human Rights and International Justice Staff, MacArthur Foundation, accessed November 2, 2008.