Crystal Fomba joins RFK Human Rights as the 2019-2020 Stimson Fellow. She is a fellow on the Advocacy and Litigation team focusing on strategic litigation in Africa. Prior to joining RFK she earned her J.D. at NYU School of Law where her focus was international law and human rights.
During law school, Crystal was a student advocate in the NYU Global Justice Clinic where she partnered with Haitian civil society to defend the human rights of Haitian communities impacted by gold mining. In her work with the clinic she investigated, researched and documented human rights violations related to the right to water and public participation. She worked with hydrologists to conduct a baseline study on the water quality and quantity in Haitian communities likely to be impacted by mining activity. She then worked to formulate the use of the study into an effective advocacy tool for affected communities.
Crystal later worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and regional NGO, FEANTSA in defense of the right to housing for Roma people in the Czech Republic. In her work with OHCHR and FEANTSA, she gained experience working on a collective complaint filed to the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR).
Crystal also worked as a student legal advisor at the Permanent Mission of Grenada to the United Nations where her focus was international environmental law. She authored a report for the mission on the development of a new legal framework for marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
Crystal graduated cum laude from St. John’s University with her B.S. in Communications and Government and Politics in May 2016.