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Sienna Merope-Synge

Co-Director, Caribbean Climate Justice Initiative

Supervising Attorney, Indigenous Land Rights and Earth Defence Project

Biography:

Sienna Merope-Synge is the Co-Director of the Global Justice Clinic’s Caribbean Climate Justice Initiative and a Supervising Attorney on the Indigenous Land Rights and Earth Defence project. Both projects partner with communities and organizations on the frontlines of the climate crisis to defend their environmental, economic, social and cultural rights, and support efforts to secure land rights and build community power.

 

Sienna was previously the Legal Director at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), where she led the organization’s work seeking accountability for emblematic human and environmental rights violations in Haiti, including efforts to secure remedies for victims of the UN-introduced Haiti cholera epidemic and child support for victims of sexual exploitation by UN peacekeepers. She worked between New York and Port-au-Prince from 2015 to 2020 and speaks fluent French and Haitian Creole.

 

Sienna received her LLM from NYU School of Law in 2015, where she was a Hauser global scholar. She holds political science and law degrees with first class honors from the University of Melbourne, Australia.