Gary Haugen serves as President and CEO of International Justice Mission. Mr. Haugen received a B.A. in Social Studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago, cum laude, where he was the Ford Foundation Scholar in International Law. He also served as the Visiting Scholar in Politics at the University of Adelaide in Australia.
In 1994, Mr. Haugen was detailed from the U.S. Department of Justice to the United Nation's Center for Human Rights where he served as the Officer in Charge of the U.N.'s genocide investigation in Rwanda. During the fall of 1994, he directed an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts in the gathering of evidence against the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. Mr. Haugen developed the investigative strategy, protocols, and field methodology for developing eye-witness testimony and physical evidence from nearly a hundred mass grave and massacre sites across Rwanda. He also personally directed and conducted field investigations at various sites.
Mr. Haugen currently serves on the Human Rights Leadership Coalition and on the Board of the Overseers of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. In 2012, Mr. Haugen was honored with the Trafficking In Persons Report Hero Award - the U.S. State Department's highest honor for leadership in the fight against human trafficking. Mr. Haugen is the 2007 recipient of Prison Fellowship's annual William Wilberforce Award, recognizing an individual who has made a difference in the face of formidable societal problems and injustices.