International Criminal and Human Rights Law, Alien Tort Statute

Pamela Spees

Senior Staff Attorney

Pam Spees is a senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She works on Torture, War Crimes, & Militarism, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, and LGBTQ Persecution. Her major cases and projects include Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) v. Scott Lively, a federal lawsuit against U.S.-based anti-gay extremist Scott Lively for his role in the persecution of the LGBTI community in Uganda; Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) v. Vatican, seeking accountability for the crimes against humanity of sexual violence by clergy and cover-up; Bigwood v. Department of Defense, a FOIA case seeking information on the U.S. role in or awareness of the 2009 Honduras coup; and the Right to Heal initiative with Iraqi civil society groups and Iraq War Veterans seeking accountability for the Iraq war and its lasting health effects. She served as lead counsel in Murillo v. Micheletti, a case brought by the parents of a youth killed by the coup regime in Honduras.

Prior to joining CCR, she practiced criminal law in Louisiana, where she represented indigent persons in state and federal court. She has also served as Program Director of the Women's Caucus for Gender Justice, an international advocacy network dedicated to ensuring accountability for crimes of sexual and gender violence included in the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court. She graduated from the City University of New York School of Law.

Her recent articles and publications include, “Understanding Clergy Sexual ‘Abuse’ as Torture” in the Huffington Post; “The Days of Impunity for Vatican Officials Are Numbered” on Truthout; “Surfacing Rhonda” in City University of New York Law Review; and “Honduras Human Rights Abuses Worse One Year After President Lobo Took Office.” She has appeared on national and international radio and television including NPR, BBC, and Al Jazeera.

She is a recipient of the Blackstone Award given by the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.