Maryum Jordan serves as counsel for the Special Litigation and Advocacy Project. Through her work, Maryum supports legal and advocacy strategies in relation to cross cutting racial justice issues that fall outside the scope of the Lawyers’ Committee’s current projects. She also coordinates pro bono assistance to monitor law enforcement activity at demonstrations and to provide support to arrested protesters.
Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Maryum was a Bertha Legal Fellow and Human Rights Attorney at EarthRights International (ERI). As a fellow, Maryum represented indigenous farmers and union activists in litigation against multinational corporations for committing human rights abuses in South America. Before her fellowship, Maryum worked in ERI’s Peru office for two years where she developed international legal and advocacy strategies with indigenous community leaders and grassroots organizations in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
Maryum received her J.D. in 2014 from Harvard Law School where she was actively involved in the International Human Rights Clinic, and worked on human rights issues in Cambodia, Myanmar, Spain, and South Africa. She also co-led initiatives and projects on remedies for transnational bribery for the Law and International Development Society, and on raising awareness on sex trafficking in the Greater Boston Area for Advocates for Human Rights. She earned her B.A. from Harvard College where she majored in Anthropology with a focus on Peruvian archaeology.
Admitted to practice law in New York; not admitted in the District of Columbia. Practice is limited pursuant to D.C. App. R. 49(c)(8), under the direct supervision of an active member of the District of Columbia Bar.