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William D. Rogers is Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm owned and managed by Henry Kissinger. From 1961 until 1965 he was Special Counsel and later Deputy U.S. Coordinator for the Alliance for Progress. In 1965, he became the first President of the Center for Inter-American Relations in New York. He served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs from October 1974 until June 1976, and then as the Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs from June 1976 until January 1977. He was a special emissary to El Salvador for President Carter in 1980 and co-chaired the Bilateral Commission on the Future of United States-Mexican Relations.

John Salzberg is the Chair of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, Co-Chair of the Human Rights Task Force of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, and a member of the steering committee of the Friends International Center in Ramallah. As a staff member to former Congressman Donald Fraser, he developed legislation establishing the Human Rights Office and the annual State Department report on human rights. From 1973 to 1978 he held the position of Staff Consultant to the House Subcommittee on International Organizations. He served as Regional Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Human Rights, Department of State, from 1979 to 1981.

Richard Schifter is a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace and spent October 2005 to July 2006 as a guest scholar at the Institute. He served from 1981 to 2001 in foreign policy positions in the United States government, including U.S. Representative in the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Deputy U.S. Representative in the United Nations Security Council with the rank of Ambassador, and Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (1985-1992).

John Shattuck is the Chief Executive Officer of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. From 1993 to 1998 he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor under President Clinton. For this work he received an International Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association of Boston in 1998. In 1998 he became the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. He received the Ambassador's Award from the American Bar Association Central and East European Law Institute in 2000.

Edmundo Vargas is the Secretary-General of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL). He has held many positions in the Chilean government, including assignments as Ambassador to several countries, pre-1973 and post-1993. From 1977 to 1990, he served as Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. He is also a former member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee (1970-1977) and the International Law Commission of the United Nations (1992-1996).

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