Iowa Cold Cases Director of Advocacy Affairs
Eileen Meier received a JD from the Washington College of Law, American University and a MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
She represented domestic violence victims through a legal aid project with the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, taught legislative advocacy at Georgetown University for seven years and international human rights law at the University of Baltimore, School of Law for five years. She has lectured on gender rights at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and the Kathmandu School of Law in Nepal.
Eileen worked for Senator Tom Harkin as a policy fellow and as the executive director of a national advocacy group in Washington, D.C. She’s worked with the Bosnian government and NGO’s to reform gender rights’ laws and court reform in Bosnia, and most recently for the European Commission in Nepal on a human rights and legal reform project.
She has published articles on human rights, done legal rights assessments in Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Israel, and serves as an American Bar Association Liaison to the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights.
In 1971, Eileen’s 8-year-old sister, Valerie Peterson, was killed in a hit-and-run while she rode her bicycle along a road in Manson, Iowa. Valerie’s case remains unsolved.