Pierre-Richard Prosper is U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Prosper served as Special Counsel and Policy Adviser in the Office of War Crimes Issues and as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division. From 1996 to late 1998, Ambassador Prosper served as a war crimes prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he successfully prosecuted the first case of genocide under the 1948 Genocide Convention. Between 1994 and 1996, he was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. As part of the Drug Enforcement Task Force, he investigated and prosecuted major international drug cartels. Ambassador Prosper was a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County from 1989 to 1994.
Born in Denver, Colorado, and raised in New York State, Ambassador Prosper received a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law. In 2000, he was the recipient of Pepperdine University School of Law’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and he was selected by Harvard Law School to be a 2000-2001 Wasserstein Fellow. In 1999, he received the Alumni Award of Excellence in the field of Law from Boston College.