Meet the Team

William Xu

Wiliam XU

William Xu is a Legal Fellow for International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross. He previously worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, Netherlands. He has also worked for the International Human Rights Law Clinic, where he litigated asylum cases for political refugees, as well as a death penalty case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Chelsea Zimmerman

Chelsea Zimmerman

Chelsea Kay Zimmerman is currently a Program Advisor for the International Humanitarian Law team. She recently served as a Legal Fellow with the IHL team at the American Red Cross. She participated in the 2014 Jean-Pictet IHL Competition in Portugal and in the inaugural Clara Barton IHL Competition. She is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law and a member of the New York Bar. Chelsea received a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Heidelberg University in Ohio. She received her M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver where she focused on international law, international politics, human rights, and religion. In her free time she likes to watch Ohio State football, hang out at Trader Joe’s, and practice yoga.

Yenisleidy Simon

Yenisleidy Simon

Yenisleidy Simon is a Program Officer for the International Humanitarian Law team. She was born and raised in Cuba, moving to the United States in 2008. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Smith College, and is highly interested in international relations and development, human rights, women’s empowerment, and education. Her professional experience includes working with the Wurtele Center for Work & Life, the American Red Cross, and Nathan Associates Inc. She is the Founder of the Seven Sisters Latina Conference, and is both a Salzburg Global Seminar Alumna and a Humanity in Action Fellow. In her free time, she enjoys writing, dancing and visiting gelato shops.

Kit Hope

Kit Hope

Kit Hope is a long-time Red Cross employee, currently (since 2007) a senior associate in International Humanitarian Law where she oversees instructor training and curriculum development. She has been an instructor and instructor-trainer for the American Red Cross for over 25 years. Her previous positions have been in Disaster Services, Service to the Armed Forces and as a local chapter manager in Bremerton, Washington. Prior to working for the American Red Cross, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon. Ms. Hope holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master’s degree in International Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Emily Kenney

Emily Kenney

Emily Kenney is the Youth Education Program Officer for the International Humanitarian Law team. In this role, she leads the IHL Action Campaign, Raid Cross, and other activities and opportunities for young people to learn about IHL. Before joining the American Red Cross, she worked for a variety of international non-profit organizations in the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, and Ecuador supporting service-learning, education, public health, microfinance, and social enterprise programs. Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in History and International Affairs from Xavier University, as well as a Master’s degree from American University in International Development, where she researched effective methods for education during emergencies.

Federico Barillas Schwank

Federico Barillas

Federico Barillas Schwank is a Legal Advisor for International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross. Previously, Federico worked at International Center for Not-for-Profit Law and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He has assisted civil society groups seeking legal reform and represented indigenous peoples and victims of abuse before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and in U.S. asylum procedures. Before moving to Washington D.C., Federico worked representing low-income migrant workers at the Southern Poverty Law Center and led the outreach program at the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama. He holds law degrees in the United States (J.D.) and Guatemala (LL.B.), and is licensed to practice in New York.

Eric C. Sigmund

Eric Sigmund

Eric C. Sigmund is a Legal Advisor for International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross. In this position, he provides legal guidance for American Red Cross educational outreach initiatives and represents the American Red Cross on humanitarian law priorities of the organization. He is also the founder of the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition. Eric graduated cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law, where he focused primarily on the study of international law and national security law. He also earned a Master’s in International Relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Eric is admitted to the Bar of Maryland.

Joe Gibson

Joe Gibson

Joe Gibson is a Program Officer for the International Humanitarian Law team. He began his Red Cross journey as a volunteer in 2007, coordinating blood drives and responding to disaster sites. While earning his B.A. in International Affairs at The George Washington University, he concluded a three-year term as the Chair of the American Red Cross National Youth Council, having served on the Council for a total of four years. This past year, in his role as Project Lead, Joe conceived of and ran the Global Refugee Simulation and Conference, the world’s largest refugee simulation and digital conference. In his spare time, Joe perfects the art of pancake breakfasts for friends and colleagues.

Kimberly Huey

Kimberly Huey

Kimberly Huey is a Legal Fellow with the International Humanitarian Law Team at the American Red Cross. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and a member of the Georgia Bar. Originally from Peachtree City, Georgia, Kimberly attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate education and majored in psychology. While at Vanderbilt, Kimberly focused on international humanitarian law, human rights law, and national security law and competed in the inaugural American Red Cross Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition. She enjoys traveling, cooking and eating all types of foods, and prefers cats to dogs.

Christie Edwards

Christie Edwards

Christie Edwards has worked on international human rights, international humanitarian law, international development policy, and gender issues for over 14 years across the US and internationally. As the Director of International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross, Christie leads the organization’s public outreach efforts on IHL. She received her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, specializing in international human rights law. Christie also completed her LL.M. degree at AU’s Washington College of Law, specializing in international human rights and gender.

In 2010, she received a Helton Fellowship from the American Society of International Law, which allowed her to work in Casablanca, Morocco, with local NGOs on an advocacy campaign for greater legal rights for single mothers. She has published law review articles on the cultural context of sex trafficking in China, the use of gender budget analysis to achieve educational parity for women and girls, and legal advocacy strategies for women's rights in Morocco. As the Co-Chair of the ASIL Women in International Law Interest Group, Christie also leads the Women in International Law Mentoring Program and organizes public events on gender issues and international law