Jennifer R. Breedon
Legal Analyst for the Clarion Project, Human Rights & Foreign Policy Expert Focused on Religious Extremist Ideology & International Law
Jennifer R. Breedon
Jennifer R. Breedon is a legal analyst & attorney with specializations in International Criminal Law and First Amendment Laws, as well as human rights issues in South Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Prior to joining Clarion Project, Jennifer worked for a Washington, DC-based nonprofit as the Regional Manager for the Middle East in protecting and communicating with persecuted minorities throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
While based in DC, Jennifer traveled extensively to the Middle East on humanitarian missions. In Egypt, Jennifer set up a sewing factory for the family members of 21 Christians beheaded in 2015 by Islamic State militants in Libya, ensuring the factory had proper equipment and adhered to Egyptian law. Jennifer also worked intensively with the Assyrian Church of the East and the Bishop negotiating the terms to aid in the final hostage release of those held by the Islamic State. She played an essential role in helping aid the negotiations that led to the release of 42 Christian hostages in February 2016.
Jennifer worked for the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law as well as the American Center for Law & Justice while obtaining her law degree. At the Center for Global Justice, Jennifer performed legal work for organizations involved in combating human sex trafficking and was selected to speak at the Southeastern Crime Stoppers Annual Convention in 2014.
While still in law school, Jennifer wrote the first legal journal article discussing the justification to label groups like the Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS) as “genocidal” in nature and calling on the redefining of the term “terrorism” to promote international courts with the legal justification to prosecute such groups and defeat the ideological war of radical Islamist organizations. Today, the organizations that met with Jennifer as a fresh law graduate are now using her legal arguments to raise awareness that modern Islamist extremism is genocidal at its very core.
Before many mainstream organizations picked up on this news, Jennifer was the first person to write an international legal article arguing that extremism by organizations like as ISIS should be categorized as genocidal campaigns rather than merely attaching the fluid "terrorism" title. She has championed the genocidal designation of the Islamic State (ISIL) from day 1 and continues to fight using international legal principles in order to defeat this murderous ideology. Jennifer's published legal journal articles have appeared in the Brazilian Journal of International Law and the Journal of Global Justice and Public Policy.
Jennifer received a certification in Islamic Studies from the Islamic Online University and is well versed in both Shi’a and Sunni principles and ideologies as well as the fundamentalist and extremist versions of Islam that seek to infringe on inherent freedoms in democratic societies. She received her BA in Political Science from Georgia State University and her JD from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach where she studied National Security and Constitutional Law from America’s most prestigious legal minds, including U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Criminal Defense Attorney James Duane, author of “You Have the Right to Remain Innocent.”
Jennifer provides legal analysis for topics involving international criminal law, human rights, and analysis on legal matters as they relate to religious extremism from a registered Independent standpoint and a staunch advocate of allowing refugees safe haven in the United States.
Jennifer is a former Miss Junior Florida and was 2nd Runner Up Miss Junior America in 2003. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her dog, Grace, but travels extensively to meet with those involved in oppression by the hands of extremism or wherever there may be a need for her expertise. She is a debater, public speaker, and warrior for truth and justice in a world where truth is consistently overshadowed by the ever changing face of moral relativism.