Michael A. Eastridge, Esq. After completing his studies in Public International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law in The Netherlands in 2003, Michael Eastridge began engaging in transitional justice initiatives – most notably with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Liberia. Working both in the U.S. and Liberia, Mr. Eastridge assisted with victim and witness participation in the truth and reconciliation process, specifically including the unprecedented involvement of the diaspora insuring that their voices were heard and taken into account. Collaborating with other institutions such as The Carter Center, Emory University and The Advocates for Human Rights in this initiative, Mr. Eastridge also founded the non-profit organization now known as ‘PeaceTending’ which was created specifically to engage religious leaders and institutions to help accompany individuals and communities through transitional justice initiatives in post-conflict states. He has also served as adjunct professor at several colleges and continues to lecture on transitional justice issues and immigration law.
Although Mr. Eastridge has practiced law since 1994, he has worked extensively in the field of immigration law since 2006 where he assists individuals, families, businesses, and other organizations in securing immigration benefits – having developed a particular expertise in healthcare and physician-related immigration issues. Michael Eastridge has earned degrees from Oxford College of Emory University, Emory University and the University of Tennessee, and maintains his affiliation with the Hague Academy of International Law through the Association des auditeurs et anciens auditeurs de l’Academie de droit international de La Haye. In addition to being admitted to the Georgia and Tennessee state bars, Mr. Eastridge is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal 4th and 6th Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Fay Yvette Parris, Esq. is an international law consultant and immigration law practitioner with extensive experience in Humanitarian and International Human Rights Law. In her private practice she has facilitated national interest waivers for medical researchers and represented individuals in removal proceedings, including those seeking asylum or withholding of removal under the UN Convention Against Torture. Ms. Parris is presently serving her 18th year as Co-Chair of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, International Women’s Rights Committee and has recently joined the American University School of International Service Dean’s Board of Advisors. Ms. Parris served as a Supervising Attorney with the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights in New York and was named as the 2019 recipient of the Marilyn R. Menge Award for outstanding work on behalf of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.
In 2011, Ms. Parris served as a Visiting Professional with the International Criminal Court, Office of the Prosecutor, The Hague, The Netherlands. As part of a trial team, she advised the Prosecution Division on the legal authority under International and Humanitarian Law for prosecution of those alleged to have committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and gender-based violence as defined under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. She also spearheaded and moderated an intra-departmental panel on behalf of the Office of the Prosecutor “Comprehensive Modalities for Addressing Victims’ Needs under the Rome Statute System.” In addition to her work in the prosecutor’s office of the ICC, Ms. Parris served as an Advisor to the Trust Fund for Victims Board of Directors, The Hague, The Netherlands in June of 2009. Ms. Parris is an Ex-Officio Director of The Executive Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations in Association with the United Nations Department of Public Information and served two terms as an elected director. She is licensed to practice in New York.