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Our Team

Gen. Director/Board Chairman

NIKONGO BANIKONGO holds A.A.  and B. A. degrees in Political Science, M.A. in Political Science (International Relations/Comparative Politics) and Ph.D. in Political Science (International Law & Economic Development). He is a Founding Member and serves as Legal & Labor Affairs programs director. An expert in the fields of  Human Rights & Economic Development, Dr. BaNikongo also serves as an Assoc. Professor, Law & Inequality and  Development Studies at the nation's number one ranked HBCU. During his time in the organization, he has overseen many successful projects including “residency registration” in the Dominican Republic“ , “agricultural workers adult education” in the Dominican Republic and “rural development aid” in Haiti. In the Spring of 2022, he was called upon by the US Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor to assist in the investigation of “Working & Living Conditions” among Dominican sugar cane workers. Additionally, he provided expert testimony to the U.S. House & Ways Committee panel hearings on the subject as well as provided written and oral preparation for a U.S. Congressional delegation visiting the Dominican Republic investigating allegations of forced labor. In 2017, Dr. BaNikongo filed a human rights complaint in the International Criminal Court on behalf of ethnic Haitians in the Dominican Republic.

Assoc. Director/Board Member

JULIO ROMNEY holds the B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science and successfully completed all course requirements for the Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations/Comparative Politics/ Quantitative Methodology). He has been a leading voice in the politics of the Dutch Caribbean and has published widely on the subject. His advocacy on the subject includes books, newspaper articles and radio appearances. He has been called on numerous occasions as an expert by the parliament of St. Maarten and travelled to Geneva to provide expert constitutional testimony on a question of rights and justice for Caribbean nationals of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.   

Assoc. Director/Board Member

VINCENT AGUBOKWU holds B.A. and  M.A. degrees in Criminology and a Doctoral Degree in Education. He has been with the organization since its inception and has a history of involvement in philanthropic programs. He brings the experience of a lengthy, successful career working in juvenile justice with the government of the District of Colombia. 

Sr. Administrative Assistant

KADEEN MENZIE holds a B.A. in Political Science. She has a passion for issues of justice and equity and continues her studies in those fields and has travelled throughout the Caribbean on human rights missionary service. Importantly, she has years of experience in management and administration.   

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