Elena Naughton

Programs Expert

Elena started at ICTJ in 2009. Her primary focus and expertise is in reparations; she has also contributed to the organization’s work on truth and memory, gender justice, and criminal justice. She has worked on issues in an array of countries, including Côte d’Ivoire, Georgia, Nepal, Syria, Tunisia and Uganda. Elena has led training workshops on reparations for victims and civil society organizations, victim participation, and engaging with local governments. She has conducted extensive research on such diverse topics as hybrid tribunals, gender and memorialization, and documentation initiatives. Her work on victim registration processes has advanced the thinking about the importance of using every opportunity and interaction with victims to recognize them and offer reparative value. Previously, Elena practiced law as a litigator in private practice for nearly a decade. She has a J.D. and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. You can sometimes find Elena performing with her improv group Butterfly Kisses.