Our Board of Directors
Laura Vilim graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. magna cum laude in Political Science. She obtained her J.D. cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. Prior to law school, Laura worked at Amnesty International in Washington, D.C. Following law school, Laura served as a judicial law clerk through the U.S. Attorney General Honors Program at the Chicago Immigration Court, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice. She currently works as an immigration attorney at the Law Offices of Robert D. Ahlgren & Associates in Chicago, Illinois. She is licensed in the state of Illinois.
Kierra Jackson is a Yale University master's student in advanced practice nursing. She is pursuing her MSN as a certified nurse-midwife/women's health nurse practitioner. Kierra spends her days as a community health worker in women's health with a focus on pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period. Her work is primarily in support of high-risk women and their families. Having spent five years working in development at an anti-hunger nonprofit, Kierra is passionate about development/fundraising for worthy causes. She currently resides in New Haven, CT, after nine years in Washington, DC.
Liz is the JPIC Coordinator for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. She holds a B.S. in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, an MDiv from Catholic Theological Union, and is completing her PhD in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her areas of concentration are: anti-militarism, gender, racial justice issues and facilitating nonviolence training workshops.
Currently, Chris plys his trade as a Market Research Analyst for dscout. Previously he oversaw Sales and Community Outreach for two social enterprises, Crisp! Mobile Grocery & Top Box Foods, each with the mission to eliminate food deserts in urban/suburban communities. Chris cut his teeth grassroots organizing while at the employ of the 8th Day Center for Justice.
Charity Ryerson is a human rights advocate with over 10 years’ experience in the field. She has conducted labor rights and human rights monitoring, including anti-union violence investigations, throughout the Americas and Asia. Prior to founding CAL, Charity litigated complex international human rights cases under the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act, including Does v. Chiquita Brands International, Saldana v. Occidental Petroleum, Balcero v. Drummond, and Arias/Quinteros v. Dyncorp. She received her Political Science B.A. from Loyola Chicago, and her J.D. from Georgetown. Charity is a member of the D.C. bar.*
*Charity Ryerson and Chris Byrnes alternate their seat on the board on an annual basis