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SSI's second Speakers' Series event for 2015, Achieving justice for victims of mass atrocities, on May 18, featured special guest speaker the Ambassador-at-Large in the US Office of Global Criminal Justice Department of State, Stephen J Rapp. Watch the full recording of Mr Rapp's presentation and the following Q&A session here.

Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp

Stephen J. Rapp is Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Criminal Justice in the US Department of State. Before this appointment, Stephen was a prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, leading prosecutions for former Liberian President Charles Taylor and others. During his time on the court, the first convictions in history for recruitment and use of child soldiers and for sexual slavery and forced marriage as crimes under international humanitarian law were achieved. Prior to working for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Stephen worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as both Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecutions, personally heading the trial team that achieved convictions of the principals of RTLM radio and Kangura newspaper -the first in history for leaders of the mass media for the crime of direct and public incitement to commit genocide. Stephen also worked as a United States Attorney in the Northern District of Iowa, worked in private practice, and was a member of the Iowa State Legislature. Stephen received his B.A. from Harvard, and received his J.D. from Drake University.

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