About Us

Board of Directors

D. Brian Scarnecchia, J.D.
President and CEO

Stephen Krason, Ph.D., J.D.
VP, Education & Research

Jim Hostetler, J.D.
Corporate Counsel and Treasurer

Charles Menk, Jr., M. DT
Director of Development

James Coyle, Ph.D.
Director of Communications

David Dombrowski
Director of Information Technology

Board of Advisors

Jane Adolphe, J.C.D.
Professor, Ave Maria School of Law

Ronda Chervin, Ph.D.
Author and International Speaker

T. Patrick Monaghan, J.D.
Senior Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice

Raymond Noble, J.D.
Attorney and Author

Charles Rice, J.D., L.L.M., J.S.D.
Professor Emeritus, Notre Dame Law School

Dean Ronald Rychlak, J.D.
Professor, Univ. of Mississippi Law School

Stephen Safranek, J.D.

Hon. Christopher Sapp, J.D.
General Counsel, The Counselor Corps

Paul Chaim Schenck, Ph.D.
Chairman, Faith and Action

Joseph Varacalli, Ph. D.
Co-Founder, Society of Catholic Social Scientists

Mercedes ArzĂș Wilson
President, Family of the Americas

Wendy Wright
Former President, Concerned Women for America

Late Rev. Michael Scanlan, TOR, J.D.
Former President, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Mission Statement

The International Solidarity and Human Rights Institute (“the Institute”) is committed to establishing solidarity among people worldwide by promoting authentic human rights based on Natural Law principles, as set forth in such documents as the Declaration of Independence, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Charter of the Rights of the Family. The Institute’s mission is informed and motivated by respect for the inherent dignity and equality of all human beings as endowed by God and as understood by the universal Teaching Office of the Catholic Church.

The Institute’s work involves education and research, public interest litigation, mediation, and works of mercy so as to eliminate human rights violations. The Institute, acting alone or in conjunction with other like minded institutions, informs the public, students, government officials, international organization delegates, and financial, educational and cultural leaders and assists them to promote solidarity and human rights. The Institute’s mission is principally directed towards governments, national and supranational institutions, organizations and tribunals.

Members of the Institute rely on the grace and providence of God, whose Son redeemed mankind, to further the cause of international solidarity and human rights. We realize that without Him there can be no true solution of social problems or human solidarity. We, therefore, entrust our mission to Mary, Our Lady of All Nations, and to the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Joan of Arc, St. Thomas More, St. Francis Xavier, and Blessed Charles I of Austria.