JWB’s Board and Staff
Our Founder, Board Member and Executive Director
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
Rohit Ambekar is the Director of Business & Strategy at the Global Indian International School (part of the Global Schools Foundation) and has investor interests in Acromobile (a payments software product company) and Magic Sparkles (a food manufacturer of food decoration products). An investor and entrepreneur with over 17 years of global business experience, he has helped companies generate over $3 billion in shareholder returns. He was a Board (Charter) Member of the TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Group, the world’s largest network of entrepreneurs whose mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding. He is a graduate of the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom with a degree in Japanese and Business Studies. Rohit has lived and worked in Tokyo, London, Hong Kong and Singapore and speaks Japanese, Hindi, and Marathi.
Ryoko is an attorney at the Milestone Law Office in Tokyo. She previously worked as an attorney with the Foreigners and International Service Station at the Tokyo Public Law Office. Over the course of her career, she has handled many cases involving victims of trafficking and other foreign nationals living inside and outside Japan, assisting them with immigration, family and labour law matters and providing refugee assistance. She is a Secretary General of Lawyers for Trafficked Victims (LTV), an organization that provides legal assistance for trafficked victims who are brought to Japan to seek judicial remedies such as compensation for damages or payment of wages. She also serves on the Committee on the Rights of Aliens at the Tokyo Bar Association and is a Board Member of Japan Association for Migration Policy Studies.
Karen is the Director of Programs for Free the Slaves, an international anti-slavery organization. She has been a strong advocate for improving the responses of multinational businesses to the presence of slavery and child labor within their supply chains. Karen has served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center and the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. From 2006 to 2010, Karen was Managing Attorney and Policy Counsel at Polaris Project, an organization dedicated to combating human trafficking in the United States. She was involved in the drafting of and advocacy for the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Acts of 2008 and 2013, and has worked on anti-trafficking legislation in dozens of states. She has also represented survivors of modern slavery from Africa and Asia in their immigration-related applications and advocated for victim witnesses within the criminal justice system. In 2003, Karen opened the Human Rights Watch field office in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo where she spent two and a half years. Her work there included investigating war crimes and other human rights abuses, conducting advocacy, and strengthening the network of Congolese human rights groups. Karen holds a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Michelle Qihan Yu
Michelle is currently Anti-Corruption Counsel for Asia for Morgan Stanley. 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 and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. 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.
Tammie is currently serving as JWB’s Pro Bono Officer in Singapore. Tammie graduated with Honours from the National University of Singapore, and is admitted to the Singapore Bar. Prior to joining JWB, Tammie was a dispute resolution lawyer at one of Singapore’s Big Four law firm. Her practice involved both court litigation and international arbitration, with a focus on civil matters such as commercial disputes and construction disputes, as well as matters concerning white collar crime. She has also advised both individuals and corporate entities on a variety on legal issues including employment, intellectual property and medical negligence. In her free time, Tammie enjoys travelling and spending quality time with her family and friends. Tammie is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese.
Sri Aryani (“Ari”) is JWB’s Pro Bono Officer in Indonesia. 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.