JWB’s Board and Staff
Douglas is an American lawyer and the founder of Justice Without Borders. An expert on international human trafficking, Douglas’s research and publications focus on the legal issues surrounding migration and human exploitation throughout East and Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. He has previously served as a Fulbright Legal Scholar at the University of Tokyo, as a legal fellow at the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Bangkok, and in numerous positions at domestic and international anti-trafficking NGOs in the United States and Japan.
An alumnus of Georgetown University Law Center, Douglas was previously an associate with the Center for Documentation of Refugees and Migrants at the University of Tokyo. He speaks Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.
For more on what inspired Douglas to start Justice Without Borders, click here
Michelle Qihan Yu
Michelle is currently Vice President, Legal and Compliance for DFS Group. She holds a B.A. from Pomona College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Michelle has worked for a number of different public interest and for-profit organisations, including Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Arnold & Porter LLP, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Morgan Stanley. Michelle was born in Hangzhou, China, and moved to the United States at the age of six. In her free time, Michelle enjoys cooking, hiking Hong Kong’s many trails, reading voraciously and learning guitar. Michelle speaks, reads and writes English, Mandarin Chinese and basic Cantonese Chinese.
Gene is a recovering lawyer now working to produce and preserve affordable housing in Washington DC. Prior to joining DC’s Department of Housing and Community Development, Gene practiced real estate, municipal and corporate law for over 20 years in Chicago, London, DC and Singapore. He worked for small and large firms, including managing his own firm and represented individuals, small and large corporations and governments.
Gene received his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and passing the CPA exam. Besides work, Gene enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 sons and their dog. He runs frequently, so he doesn’t feel too guilty about not watching what he eats.
Jonathan is a senior lawyer at Simmons & Simmons Singapore. He specialises in debt capital markets transactions, structured products and derivates. Jonathan has recently joined the Board, and is spearheading the organisation’s efforts to incorporate and gain charitable status in Singapore.
Justine is currently heading JWB’s Hong Kong office. Justine graduated from the University of Hong Kong with an LLB, minoring in Politics and Public Administration. Justine was a legal fellow at JWB during her final year at university and she has contributed to the drafting of our recent strategic research publication: Accessing Hong Kong Courts from Abroad: A Strategic Guide to remote video link for Migrant Workers. Justine is also very active in volunteering work in Myanmar. She has co-organised several volunteering projects and conducted a series of human rights workshops for local Myanmar students since 2015. Justine loves playing sports, reading, listening to music and travelling. She is fluent in Cantonese and English.
Sri Aryani (“Ari”) is currently heading JWB’s Indonesia office. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Indonesia and did her thesis on Women Domestic Workers and the Global Care Chain.
She worked for 12 years at the Tifa Foundation as a Grant and Knowledge Manager and as a Labour Migration Specialist. In 2014, Ari was appointed as one of three caretakers to manage Tifa’s transition and restructuring process. Over the years she has also contributed to a number of other research projects, including Country Strategy Report, Modern Slavery Landscape in Indonesia 2014, for the Walk Free Foundation, Qualitative Assessment of Returning Migrant Domestic Workers from Malaysia in Indonesia, for the International Labour Organization, and a Baseline Survey on Early Marriage and Gender Based Violence for Oxfam Indonesia. She also wrote and presented Migrant Workers and Information Gap: Learning from ICT based Initiative to Strengthen Transparency and Accountability of Recruitment Practices of Indonesia Migrant Workers at the Annual Conference of the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network.
Ari spent her childhood in Bandung, West Java, and has a 10-year old son. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading books and watching Asian dramas. She is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia.
Shalini Jayaraj is currently heading JWB’s Singapore office. She graduated from Singapore Management University with her Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) in 2012, was awarded the Best Student in the Law and Practice of Arbitration in the 2016 Part B Examinations and was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 2017.
After assisting with SMU’s Transitional Justice project in 2012, Shalini was part of the legal teams of Kenya’s Ambassador Muthaura and thereafter the Deputy President of Kenya, Mr. William Ruto, successfully defending them against charges brought before the International Criminal Court. Shalini then returned to Singapore, was a panellist at the 3rd Criminal Law Conference 2016 and completed her Training Contract with Providence Law Asia. Shalini has worked with a local social enterprise, with SMU School of Law, has done pro bono work for the Case Matrix Network’s Legal Tools Project, and feels strongly about improving access to justice.
Shalini is fluent in English and Bahasa Melayu, and is competent in Bahasa Indonesia.