Crystal Fomba joins RFK Human Rights as the 2019-2020 Stimson Fellow on the Advocacy and Litigation team focusing on strategic litigation in Africa.
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 and the European Federation of National Organizations working with the Homeless and as a student legal advisor at the Permanent Mission of Grenada to the United Nations. She authored a report for the mission on the development of a new legal framework for marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
In addition to her law degree, Crystal has a B.S. in Communications and Government and Politics from St. John’s University.