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CHARLIE CLEMENTS is the Executive Director of
the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy
School, an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, and also a faculty
member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Before coming to the
Carr Center Dr. Clements career in NGOs focused on advocacy, human
rights, and humanitarian assistance.
A full decade of Charlie's life was devoted to the civil war in
El Salvador, which he worked in the midst of as a physician from
1982 to 1983. Witness to War, his account of that
experience, was published by Bantam in 1984. In that era he
co-founded and led the Salvadoran Medical Relief Fund and as well
as a Political Action Committee called Pax Americas. He led a
number of Congressional fact-finding missions to Central America
during the 1980s and was a special guest at the signing of the
Peace Accords that ended the war in 1992.
He was also one of the founding board members of Physicians for
Human Rights (PHR), which he represented at both the treaty signing
and the Nobel Prize ceremonies for the International Campaign to
Ban Landmines in 1997.
Charlie spent much of the next decade in a corridor along the
Rio Grande River from Brownsville, TX to Hatch, NM assisting low
income communities without running water or sewer to construct such
badly needed infrastructure.
Following an emergency human rights mission to Iraq only weeks
before the current war began, Charlie returned to full-time human
rights work as President and CEO of Cambridge-based UUSC, where he
served until accepting the position of Executive Director at the
Carr Center in 2010.
Charlie has a BSc from the US Air Force Academy, an MSc in
Operations Research from UCLA, and an M.D./M.P.H. from the
University of Washington School of Medicine and Public