Maran Turner is executive director of Freedom Now. Prior to joining Freedom Now, she was a lawyer with the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) in Johannesburg, South Africa from 2006 to 2007, where she managed a team of pro bono lawyers and worked with Southern African jurists on human rights litigation. Prior to her position with SALC, she was an associate with DLA Piper LLP (US) where she was honored as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for her international human rights work representing notable human rights defenders such as former Czech Republic President Václav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu. Maran holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami.
Melina Milazzo is Freedom Now’s Washington DC director. Previously, she was senior policy counsel for the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) where she developed and executed advocacy strategies for advancing just and humane US detention and interrogation policies in US national security policies and securing accountability for US torture and cruelty committed in counterterrorism operations. Prior to her position with CVT, Melina served as advocacy counsel for Human Rights First’s Law and Security program where she advocated for US national security policies that respect human rights. She has appeared in major print, radio, and TV outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Star Tribune, CNN, The Guardian, NPR, and Al Jazeera America. Prior to attending law school, Melina worked for over 10 years in the corporate sector. Melina received her J.D. with high honors in international law from Florida State University College of Law and her B.S. in Business Administration from the same university. She is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar. Follow her on Twitter at @Melina_Milazzo
Kate Barth is Freedom Now’s legal director. Prior to joining Freedom Now, she was a legal officer with Lawyers Collective in New Delhi, India, where she managed the Global Health and Human Rights Database and assisted with the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health. Prior to her position with Lawyers Collective, she was an associate with Allen & Overy, LLP. Kate holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University where she graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors, an MSC in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a Senior Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and graduated with Order of the Coif honors. Follow her on Twitter at @ksbarth
Karl Horberg joined Freedom Now in December 2014 as a program officer. Previously, he was an Operations Manager for a grant writing consulting firm and a Program Officer for Connect U.S. Fund, where he managed a grant portfolio of $2 million. Karl served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Balykchy, Kyrgyzstan from 2004-2006. He holds a BA in Political Science from American University and an MSC in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.