Barbara has had a long and distinguished career as a prosecutor, having handled hundreds of cases as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami, Florida; a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles, California; Director of Special Investigations and Prosecutions at the Attorney Generals’ Office in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Acting County Attorney in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Senior Trial Attorney at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) in Arusha Tanzania.
She has procedural and subject matter expertise in many fields, including but not limited to criminal investigations, prosecutorial ethics, white collar offenses, domestic and multinational corruption, the Rwandan Genocide and international crimes.
At the UNICTR, she headed the Bagosora trial team as it offered 82 percipient and expert witnesses, cross-examined 162 defense witnesses called by the four defendants, and submitted a 1000-page closing brief. The historic trial of the military masterminds of the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi resulted in over 300 written legal decisions addressing critical issues in international criminal law. The defendants were convicted of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Among other significant contributions, the case solidified the propriety of convicting a person of rape under a theory of command responsibility.
Thereafter, Barbara worked for the United States Department of State in Baghdad, Iraq. Serving as the Deputy Director of Constitutional and Legislative Affairs and Special Advisor to the Iraqi Inspectors General and the Bureau of Supreme Audit, she consulted with the Iraq High Tribunal, with the Shura Council, and with other Iraqi legal groups. The State Department presented Barbara with a Meritorious Honor Award for her work there.
Barbara has a B.A. in Latin American History and International Relations and a Juris Doctorate in Law.