Over the course of his career, Charles J. Brown has traveled to somewhere between thirty and forty countries, in the process getting arrested, bombed, shot at, followed, strip-searched, and declared persona non grata. He has been warned not to return to Sudan because a fatwa supposedly had been issued in his name; mistaken for a sitting U.S. Senator during a visit to Pakistan; described on the front page of Granma (the Cuban Communist Party newspaper) as “a creative fiction invented by diseased gusano minds;” and, during a visit to Nepal, offered his choice of wives.
Charlie is currently on government service leave from the Institute for International Law and Human Rights. In the past, he served as President and CEO of Citizens for Global Solutions; Deputy Executive Director for Action at Amnesty International USA; Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and External Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the U.S. Department of State; and in a variety of roles at Freedom House.
During his time at the State Department, Charlie also served as spokesperson for U.S. Delegations to the Rome Conference on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and the Warsaw Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies. He has served on NGO delegations to the Santiago Ministerial of the Community of Democracies, the UN Commission on Human Rights, and the World Conference on Human Rights.
In 2004, Charlie served as co-director of the human rights, democracy, and development policy team for the Kerry-Edwards campaign. In 2008, he served as an unpaid policy advisor to the Obama campaign. He is co-author of The Politics of Psychiatry in Revolutionary Cuba (1991), and co-editor of Judges and Journalists in Transitional Democracies (1997), as well as numerous articles, opinion pieces, and blog posts. He is married (to a lovely woman he met on his own, thank you very much), and has two daughters.