Announcing our New Executive Director

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Colette Pichon Battle

Welcome to the Network’s new Executive Director Colette Pichon Battle!

We are delighted to announce that Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. will be the new Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network! She comes to us from the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, an organization that she founded and where she has served as Executive Director and Attorney.

Colette grew up in Louisiana where she returned after Hurricane Katrina to help frontline communities with disaster relief efforts.  She has spent the last ten years in the Gulf region and was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015, a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South.  

Colette has a wealth of experience in human rights law, immigration law, disaster law, grassroots organizing, coalition building and fundraising. She has worked with local communities, national funders, and elected officials to promote equity in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster Gulf Coast. She has developed creative programs on global migration, community economic development, climate justice and equitable disaster recovery. She has provided legal services to impacted communities, and overseen trainings for local community leaders on justice issues that intersect with race, systems of power, and ecology.

Colette is recognized nationally as a human rights champion. Last year, the Network awarded her a Human Rights Movement Builder award for her people-centered approach to human rights work with frontline communities. This year, she was named a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity and received the Water Champion award from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Among other honors, she was awarded the U.S. Civilian Medal of Honor for the state of Louisiana and, in 2007, was recognized by the American Bar Association for her work around multi-racial, cross regional alliance building in the Katrina recovery.  Colette serves on the board for the US Climate Action Network (USCAN) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). She also serves on the national planning committee for Law for Black Lives (L4BL) and has served on the national steering committee for the Black Immigration Network (BIN).  

Colette is an inspirational and committed human rights leader, and we are honored to work with her. We look forward to the leadership and guidance she will provide for the Network through this next phase of the U.S. human rights movement. Colette will take the leadership helm from our current Executive Director Ejim Dike and will join the Network in mid-October.

On behalf of the USHRN Board of Directors and Coordinating Center Staff, we welcome Colette Pichon Battle to the US Human Rights Network!


Cindy Soohoo, Chair, Board of Directors
Ejim Dike, Executive Director (outgoing)