Sharon Cohn Wu serves as Senior Vice President of Justice System Transformation for International Justice Mission. IJM is a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.
Ms. Cohn Wu received a B.A. with Honors from University of Virginia, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude. Following graduation, Ms. Cohn Wu served as a judicial clerk for Hon. Richard Williams, Eastern District of Virginia.
Until October 2001, Ms. Cohn Wu was an associate with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., representing private and governmental entities in litigation and international trade matters. Ms. Cohn Wu also represented asylum candidates in hearings before the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
As IJM's Senior Vice President of Justice System Transformation, Ms. Cohn Wu's primary responsibility is to ensure that IJM achieves its goal of securing justice and protection for the oppressed through transformed public justice systems. Ms. Cohn Wu leads IJM's work to prevent abuse from being committed against vulnerable people by strengthening public justice systems and community factors that will deter potential perpetrators. Ms. Cohn Wu's work focuses upon developing IJM's strategy to transform public justice systems, so that they sustainably and effectively protect the poor from violence.
In her previous role as IJM's Senior Vice President of Justice Operations, Sharon was responsible for directing operations in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia, developing intervention strategies and advocating with local and national authorities. She has provided interviews for The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Fox News, NBC Dateline and BBC World. She testified before a Senate subcommittee on the domestic impact of international sex trafficking and before a House subcommittee on sex trafficking in South Asia. Her direct efforts have resulted in the release of children in the Philippines, Thailand, India, Cote d'Ivoire and Cambodia, and the teams she led have brought rescue to thousands of children, women and men around the world.