Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Member
Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar, Colombia
Maria (she/her) is a human rights lawyer specialized in public law. Her work focuses on international human rights, sustainable development and public policy. Maria's lifelong desire is to contribute to improving the lives of vulnerable, excluded and marginalized communities in Colombia. She has worked with local human rights organizations to improve access to basic public services, education and employment in Afro-Colombian communities, particularly the Palenquera community to which she belongs.
She currently works as a Court Clerk in the Administrative Court of Bolivar (Colombia), where she assists judges in resolving cases in the areas of administrative law, public law, and constitutional law.
Previously, she worked as an intern for the International Development Law Organization in Rome and before that for the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, where she researched business and human rights issues. Maria holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in International Legal Studies from New York University. She was admitted to practice Law in Colombia in 2015.