John F. Terzano
According to his VVAF profile, "Terzano has also worked on issues of social justice for more than twenty-five years both here and abroad. In addition to overseeing and guiding The Justice Project as President, Terzano works with national and state groups on criminal justice reform, as well as lawyers representing death row inmates.
"John, a native of Detroit, MI, served in the US Navy from 1970-1974 and did two tours of duty in Vietnam during that time. After helping to lead the first delegation of American veterans to return to Vietnam since the end of the war, John became a leading advocate of reconciliation with America's former enemies in Vietnam. The experience and subsequent veterans' reconciliation work ultimately helped lift the economic embargo by the U.S. and normalize relations between the U.S and Vietnam.
"John has testified before the US Congress on numerous occasions. He has also presented testimony before the United Nations Working Group in Geneva, Switzerland concerning an international ban on the recruitment of child soldiers.
"John has appeared on numerous television news talk shows and news magazines including the Today show, Good Morning America and The Jim Lehrer News Hour, as well as NPR's Morning Edition and the Diane Rehm Show.
"John received his undergraduate degree in public affairs from the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL). In addition, he received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in International Legal Studies from American University's Washington College of Law and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at UDC-DCSL. John is also a former Vice Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities Criminal Justice Committee."