Brigette De Lay, JD, MSW
Brigette De Lay, JD, MSW is currently working as a technical advisor on child justice and child protection systems strengthening for UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office. Prior to joining the UN, she worked as a staff member and consultant with several non-profit organizations to design, lead, evaluate and manage a variety of international child protection initiatives in Africa, Asia and the US. Select work highlights include the development and management of a national deinstitutionalization program in post-genocide Rwanda; development of a national protocol for family reintegration of street children in Zambia and design and implementation of a participatory research project with domestic girl workers in Mali. From 2007-2009, She acted as the Coordinator of the interagency Global Child Protection Working Group, the primary coordination and policy development body for child protection in emergencies worldwide. She is currently overseeing an interagency, Sub-Saharan African initiative to promote and support national efforts to strengthen child protection systems strengthening across the continent. Brigette received her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work ('94) and her JD from Loyola University School of Law ('06), where she was a Child Law Fellow. She currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband and two children.