Junie was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti and moved to the United States at the age of 14 years old. She has five younger brothers between the age of 16 to 25. Her mother and brothers still reside in Florida. Junie’s life of service started when she was about 17, when she became a tutor for a local literacy agency, where she taught adults how to read and write. That experience compelled her to pursue a life of service.

After graduating from high school, Junie went on to earn a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Florida. Additionally, she received a Master’s in Applied Human Rights from the University of York, in England. Junie has a passion for human and civil rights. Over the past 4-5 years, Junie has worked in human rights and development. She offered her expertise on transitional justice issues in South Africa, while working for a Non-Governmental Organization as part of an academic research placement. She supported the mandate of the United Nations as an intern by providing both organizational and technical assistance to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Geneva. She has also served as a global law and development fellow on a USAID project in Côte D’Ivoire, West Africa. She worked to promote the rights of persons with disabilities to access the Ivorian Judicial system. Most Recently she worked as a Human Rights Officer within the United Nations Mission to the Central African Republic, serving 75k internally displaced persons in the region of Bria.

Junie is an avid learner, who devotes much of her time in learning about various cultures. As a Boulder County resident, Junie serves as the chair of the Health and Human Services Citizen Panel Review and a member of the Community Corrections’ Board.

Passions & Interests

  • Traveling (visited many countries)

  • Reading mystery books (All time favorites are the Burglary Series by Lawrence Block)

  • Weightlifting (when life gets tough, I go to the gym)

  • Cooking (I consider myself a master chef)

  • Serving others (The measure of a person is in his/her life’s work)

  • Advocating for Social Justice, and equality

  • Teaching  (proud Sunday school teacher)

  • Languages (Speaks English, Haitian-Creole, French, Spanish) 

  • Spirituality and meditation

  • An absolute foodie (if it is edible, I will try it)

  • Lover of the arts: I enjoy theater and musical (My all-time favorite musicals are: The King and I, the Sound of Music, the Lion King, and My Fair Lady)