Rosemonde Pierre-Louis
Rosemonde Pierre-Louis was announced as the Executive Director of the NYU McSilver Institute earlier this year. Photo from NYU McSilver.

NEW YORK — As an up-and-coming lawyer about 10 years ago, Esther Cajuste didn’t know many other Haitians in the same field of criminal justice law, until she met Rosemonde Pierre-Louis.

“One of the first times I heard her speak, I was as a fresh out of law school attorney,” says Esther Cajuste, a prior president of the Haitian-American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY). “How to have confidence really came full-circle for me, just watching her stand on a podium and commanding attention.” 

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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at or on Twitter @larisakarr.