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Hardy Vieux
Hardy is the legal director at Human Rights First in Washington, D.C. Formerly, he was a public policy fellow with Save the Children in Amman, Jordan, where he works on child protection issues impacting Syria refugee children in urban areas and at the Za’atri refugee camp in Northern Jordan.
Hardy also has extensive experience with asylum law, including recent work on two successful Afghan refugee matters involving college-age students. He also handled a high-profile case involving a United States Army soldier facing court-martial after blowing the whistle on the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Recently, he was a human rights observer at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during the pretrial proceedings involving the alleged 9.11 plotters. In 2011 and 2012, he co-led two service-learning trips to Haiti where medical and lay personnel provided primary medical care to local residents. These two trips came on the heels of a humanitarian relief mission to Haiti two weeks after the 2010 earthquake. In 2010, the D.C. Bar recognized him as its Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.
Hardy started his career as a criminal appellate defense counsel in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he handled a death penalty case and national security matters. He frequently serves as a commentator on military justice issues on NPR, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, among others.
Hardy received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and his law and Master of Public Policy degrees from the University of Michigan. He is a native of New York City

Entries by Hardy Vieux

Rebuilding Countries by Building Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 9:28 AM

A few weeks ago, while at the Za'atari Refugee Camp here in Jordan, I stumbled on a small oasis in this desert. On an intensely hot afternoon, I set out to buy water from one of the Syrian vendors. The search was a short one. Only steps from where I...

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When Is 70 Percent Better Than 100 Percent?

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:50 PM

As a former naval officer, I distinctly recall my fellow Marine Corps lawyers reverently referring to the "70 percent solution": the idea of making decisions with imperfect information when time is of the essence. The Marines "do not advocate shoot-from-the-hip decision-making. Neither do they condone fast, foolish plans. But they...

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Education That Makes a Difference

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 4:15 PM

"Education does not exist to give you a job. . . . Education is here to nourish your soul." Dr. Ruth Simmons, the former president of Brown University, declared years back. Can this notion possibly hold true in the midst of a refugee crisis?

Education, according to many, is about...

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'Be Quick, But Don't Hurry'

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:04 PM

About two weeks after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, I found myself working in a primary care medical clinic on the outskirts of Port-Au-Prince. Having lost family members in the earthquake, I felt compelled to make my way to my parents' birthplace to do what I could to help....

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Necessary and Sufficient: Protecting Syria's Children

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 4:45 PM

About a week ago, a friend of mine, working with Syrian refugee children in Jordan, asked me a seemingly innocuous question: "What does it mean to act in the best interests of the child?" This answer, I thought, was a straightforward one. The best interests of the child means making...

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Lifting All Boats

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:11 PM

The hour-long interview was coming to a close, when the grey-stubbled, proud father told me that his severely disabled daughter wanted me to take a picture with her. Throughout the interview, the man, whom I will call Ahmed (I have changed all names, by the way), told me that many...

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