Nicole Lee

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Nicole Lee is a human rights lawyer. She is an expert and activist in human rights issues. She is a former president of TransAfrica and is the first female president of the organisation.[1][2][3] Prior to this role, she has worked as a human rights lawyer in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.[4] She has testified before congress on policy issues concerning Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She is also currently official liaison between the Nelson Mandela family and international media.[5]

Lee was born in Buffalo, NY.[6] After graduating with a masters of law degree from the University of Buffalo, she worked in Haiti for a human rights group, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux.[6][7] She then worked with a human rights advocacy group, Global Justice. She joined TransAfrica as CFO in 2005 and is the current Executive Director of TransAfrica.[1] She is married to Marc Bayard.

TV Appearances[edit]

She has appeared on 20/20, Anderson Cooper, NPR, Democracy Now!, and BBC television.[8] Notable interviews are noted below:


  1. ^ a b "Nicole Lee profile". University at Buffalo. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "Staff". Archived from the original on July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Turner, Jack. "SOBU: Nicole Lee From TransAfrica Keeps It Real". Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  4. ^ One Year Later, Life no Better in Haiti (News interview). January 12, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  5. ^ a b TransAfrica president Nicole Lee (News interview). PBS. July 1, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Abdullah, Khalil (May 2, 2007). "Social Justice Guides Lee's Vision for TransAfrica". New America Media. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  7. ^ "Green Festival Speakers - Nicole Lee". Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  8. ^ "Busboys and Poets: Dr. Johnnetta Cole and Nicole Lee". Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  9. ^ Actor and Activist Danny Glover & TransAfrica Forum’s Nicole Lee on the U.S. Militarization of Africa and AFRICOM (News interview). Democracy Now!. February 7, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2013.

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