Spotlight on #SHE_BUILDS New York City Chapter Leaders


Cassandre C. Théano is an International Human Rights Lawyer. Currently, as an Associate Legal Officer for Equality and Inclusion at the Open Society Foundations (The Justice Initiative), she focuses on citizenship and equality. In that capacity, she leads the litigation and advocacy work related to the restoration of citizenship rights for Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic, Black Mauritanians in Mauritania and various ethnic minorities in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya. She holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, with a concentration on International Human Rights Law and a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. At Georgetown Law, she participated in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic where she successfully advocated for women’s land and property rights in Kenya. She was also the Senior Articles Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Relations and French Literature and her Master’s degree in French Society, Politics and Culture from New York University. She is fluent in English, French, Haitian Creole and Spanish.



Marcia Roseme is a dynamic NYC based fashion designer. With 6 years of experience working in the NYC fashion industry, she’s worked with brands such as Tracey Reese, Express and J Crew. In 2018, she launched her clothing brand Tribes of Joseph, a vibrant women’s fashion brand handcrafted in Haiti. Marcia started Tribes of Joseph with two goals in mind: First to build a brand that offers unique clothing that compliments and tells the story of the visionary women who inspire her every day. Secondly, to utilize her brand as a tool to develop and produce economic growth in the fashion and artisanal community of Haiti.







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