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Steven Groves works to protect and preserve American sovereignty, self-governance and independence as leader of The Heritage Foundation's Freedom Project. Groves, who is the Bernard and Barbara Lomas Senior Research Fellow in Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, also advocates American leadership on issues involving international political and religious freedom, human rights and democratic institutions. He has testified before Congress on international law, human rights, the United Nations and U.N. peacekeeping operations. Before joining Heritage in 2007, Groves was senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He played a lead role in the panel's investigation of the U.N. "oil-for-food" scandal, the most extensive congressional probe ever conducted of the United Nations. Groves previously was an associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, where he specialized in commercial litigation. Before that he served as assistant attorney general for the State of Florida, litigating civil rights cases, constitutional law issues and criminal appeals, among other matters, in state and federal courts. A respected source for domestic and international reporters, Groves also is a frequent guest commentator on television and radio. He has appeared on ABC, BBC, CNBC, CNN and CNN International, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, Voice of America, Al Jazeera, Alhurra and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. His commentary and opinion pieces have been published by journals such as National Review, The Weekly Standard and Human Events, as well as by The Washington Times and metropolitan newspapers across America. [+]