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Douglas B. Stevenson, Esq., Director, Center for Seafarers' Rights, The Seamen's Church Institute interviewed by Barry Parker, Capital Link Shipping

April 11, 2012

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Douglas B. Stevenson directs the Center for Seafarers' Rights at the Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey, providing legal assistance and advocacy for merchant mariners worldwide. He also serves as Chairman of the International Christian Maritime Association, a free association of 27 Christian organizations serving merchant mariners in 526 seafarers' centers in 126 countries. Mr. Stevenson is a maritime lawyer and a retired U.S. Coast Guard officer. Prior to joining the staff of the Seamen's Church Institute in 1990, he served in a variety of Coast Guard legal and operational assignments including command at sea and as political and security advisor at the US Mission to the United Nations. He is the 2001 recipient of the Chamber of Shipping of America's Rear Admiral Halpert C. Shepheard award and the Diocese of New York's 2006 Servant of Justice award. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the University of Miami School of Law.

About SCI 
Founded in 1834 and affiliated with the Episcopal Church, though nondenominational in terms of its trustees, staff and service to mariners, the Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey (SCI) is the largest, most comprehensive mariners' agency in North America. Annually, its chaplains visit thousands of vessels in the Port of New York and New Jersey, the Port of Oakland, and along 2,200 miles of America's inland waterways extending into the Gulf of Mexico. SCI's maritime education facilities provide navigational training to nearly 1,600 mariners each year through simulator-based facilities located in Houston, TX and Paducah, KY. The Institute and its maritime attorneys are recognized as leading advocates for merchant mariners by the United States Government, including the US Congress, the US Coast Guard, and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the United Nations, the International Maritime Organization, the International Labor Organization and maritime trade associations.

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