Pierre-Richard Prosper is the son of two Haitian physician who emigrated to the United States under fear of Francois Duvalier. He was born in Denver, Colorado in 1963. Raised in upstate New York, he graduated from Shenendehowa high school and attended Boston College and Pepperdine University School of Law. From 1989 to 1994 he was a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles where he prosecuted gang related murders. From 1994 to 1996 he was an Assistant United States Attorney for the central District of California where he prosecuted major international drug cartels. He went on to served as a war crimes prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, as the lead attorney, where he would successfully prosecute the first ever case of Genocide, and continued to made history by forcing the International Tribunal to recognize rape committed in time of conflict as an act of genocide. On May 16, 2001 the President of the United States, Georges W. Bush  chose Pierre-Richard Prosper as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crime Issues, the head of the Office of Global Criminal Justice. He served in that role till 2005.