Deborah James

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Deborah James "is the Director of the WTO Program at Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. Public Citizen, founded by Ralph Nader in 1971, is a nonprofit public interest organization promoting health, safety, and democracy. Global Trade Watch is the leading U.S. progressive organization in the global citizen movement for fair trade and investment policy.

"Deborah was most recently the Global Economy Director at Global Exchange, where she worked since 1993 to democratize the global economy. There she played a key role in the hemispheric movement to stop the expansion of NAFTA to the rest of Latin America through the Free Trade Area of the Americas...

"In 2004, Deborah served as the first Executive Director of the Venezuela Information Office in Washington, DC, an organization that reframed public debate of the exciting progressive social transformation happening under Hugo Chávez's leadership and successfully shifted US foreign policy towards Venezuela.

"In 2000 Deborah was part of the largest foreign elections monitoring team in Mexico, and has also observed elections in Venezuela and Florida in 2004. She has led over 20 human rights, democracy, Fair Trade, and women's delegations to Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela since 1994. Deborah was a representative to the United Nations World Conference on Women in 1995 in China; part of the first American delegation to Afghanistan after the US bombing in November of 2001; and a representative to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa in 2002.

"Deborah is a Senior Fellow at the Oakland Institute, and serves on the board of the California Coalition for Fair Trade and Human Rights, the Fair Trade Federation, and the Center for Corporate Policy." [1]

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  1. Deborah James, Global Exchange, accessed July 8, 2007.