Marcie Mersky joined the ICTJ staff at its New York headquarters in January 2011; she is currently the Director of Programs. Her relationship with ICTJ, however, began much earlier with her participation as a member of its “Managing Truth Commissions” group and as an occasional consultant on truth-seeking issues.
Before coming to ICTJ, Ms. Mersky worked as a senior political officer in several UN operations, including with the Commission of Inquiry into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto (2009-2010), the UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (2002 – 2004), UNOPS/Guatemala (1999-2002) and the Guatemalan Historical Clarification Commission (1997 – 1999), Guatemala’s truth commission, where she led a major field office and then served as the coordinator of that commission’s final report.
In 2008, Ms. Mersky served as the liaison to the UN Department of Political Affairs for the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), a UN-sponsored hybrid mechanism, with a broad investigative mandate on organized crime and human rights.
Her professional experience also includes, among others, directing a Soros Foundation access to justice program in Guatemala (2005 – 2007); coordinating field operations for a community-based project of the Catholic Church in Guatemala (REMHI) that worked from the victims’ perspective to document human rights violations during the armed conflict there (1995 – 1996); and directing Greenpeace programs in Central America (1989 – 1994).
Ms. Mersky has spoken and written on transitional justice issues in numerous international venues.
She was born in the U.S., and after earning a Master’s degree from Harvard University, lived and worked in Latin America for twenty-five years; she now resides in NY.