Joel Frost-Tift joined Esperanza in 2015 after a year-long fellowship at the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris. Joel grew up outside of Albany, New York where he was active in social justice issues from a young age. He received his BA in Government and History from Cornell University and his JD from the University of Southern California. Joel first developed an interest in international human rights law as an undergraduate and studying the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia. In law school he interned at the Appeals Chamber for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in The Hague. He was also involved in the USC Law's International human rights clinic. It was here that he first developed an interest in international human rights law after helping a victim of human trafficking obtain a T Visa. Joel was also involved with the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project which helped obtain Special Immigrant Visas for interpreters from Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition Joel was named a Saks Scholar where he received a grant to study issues at the intersection of law and mental health and published the article "Juveniles in Jeopardy: Reclaiming the Justice System's Rehabilitative Ideals." Joel has long had an interest in working with children and before law school he worked as an assistant for children with disabilities.