Zoomin‘ Out: Lisa Roberts
Building on the success of its Zoomin' In series, the Office of Alumni/ae Relations and Development is proud to announce the launch of Zoomin' Out, a fall series of one-on-one conversations with a selection of outstanding international alumni/ae. Graduates from across the globe will join Mielle Marquis, director of external affairs, to talk about their unique career paths and experiences living and practicing abroad.
Next up, on November 19, Mielle Marquis will chat with Lisa Roberts ’86, Assistant Director, Legal Support to Operations, Interpol, who will be dialing in from Lyon, France.
Friday, November 19, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Zoomin’ Out: Alumni/ae Global Series
LISA ROBERTS ’86
Assistant Director, Legal Support to Operations, Interpol
Lisa Roberts has over thirty years’ experience as a state and federal prosecutor, specializing since 2008 in international and comparative criminal law. She has handled more than one thousand extradition and mutual legal assistance (MLA) requests made by US and foreign authorities and has assisted in the return of hundreds of fugitives to face justice and obtained essential evidence for US and foreign prosecutors. Lisa began her career in 1989, as an assistant district attorney with the Kings County (Brooklyn, NY) District Attorney’s Office where she conducted over twenty-five felony trials specializing in sex crimes, domestic violence and child sexual abuse. In 1996, Lisa spent a year as a visiting fellow senior attorney at the National District Attorney’s Association/American Prosecutors Research Institute, National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, in Virginia, where she worked with fellow practitioners to develop ChildPROOF, an advanced trial advocacy course for child abuse prosecutors. The week-long practical trial training course then ran for over 17 years and provided hundreds of practitioners with skills which they were then able to take into the courtroom.
In 1997, Lisa joined the US Department of Justice, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section where she worked with federal prosecutors from around the country on emerging issues related to the use of the internet for child exploitation offenses. In 1998, Lisa left Washington, DC, for a 3-month detail to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona, to prosecute child pornography cases and violations of child sexual abuse statutes occurring on Indian reservations in Arizona. Lisa enjoyed her work and living in Arizona and following her detail, took a position as an Assistant US Attorney and remained in Arizona for another eight years. As an Assistant US Attorney, Lisa worked on immigration cases and asset forfeiture matters, and served as the acting chief for the asset forfeiture section where she assisted in the seizure and forfeiture of millions of dollars and other assets which represented the proceeds of drug trafficking, fraud, and money laundering, and assisted in returning fraudulently obtained funds to victims.
In 2008, Lisa returned to Washington and joined the US Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs, which acts as the Central Authority for the United States in gathering essential evidence for criminal investigations and prosecutions worldwide by working with domestic partners and foreign counterparts to facilitate the cooperation necessary to enforce the law, advance public safety, and achieve justice. The office also is one of the central points, along with the Department of State, dealing with the extradition and return of fugitives to the United States or other countries, to face justice. Lisa has served as the acting associate director for the Canada and English Speaking Caribbean Team and has focused on extradition, mutual legal assistance, policy and multi-lateral matters involving numerous countries including Colombia, Ireland, East and West Africa, Germany and Switzerland.
In May 2021, Lisa began a 3-year Secondment at INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organization, in Lyon, France, where she oversees a team of attorneys who work with internal police units to facilitate worldwide police cooperation and crime control among the Organization’s 194 member countries.
Lisa has been honored to receive DOJ awards for distinguished Service, and for supporting the National Security Mission.
November 19, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm