Tania Agosti

Tania Agosti

Tania is responsible for designing and carrying out Race & Equality’s advocacy strategy before the UN Human Rights treaty bodies and Special Procedures Mandates.

Prior to joining Race & Equality, Tania was a human rights field officer at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Honduras. There, she was responsible for monitoring and reporting on the situation of indigenous peoples, ESCR, forced displacement, and migrants’ rights. Prior to that, she worked for Asylum Access Ecuador and volunteered at African Middle East Refugee Assistance (Egypt) providing legal advice for refugees.

Her experience in the protection of human rights has led Tania to focus on the issue of discrimination to ensure equal access to justice. Tania received her LLM from SOAS University of London (UK), where she specialized in international human rights law. She also holds an B.A. in Law and Political Sciences and an M.A. in migration from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain).

agosti@raceandequality.org

Esteban Madrigal

Esteban supports the organization in strategic litigation before the Inter-American Human Rights System and the Universal System.

Prior to joining Race and Equality, Esteban was concluding an MSc in International Development, with an emphasis on poverty and inequality, at the University of Manchester, UK, on a Chevening Scholarship. He also worked at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), where she was responsible for strategic litigation and advocacy before the Inter-American Human Rights System for cases involving El Salvador and Nicaragua, in addition to following up on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights (ESCR) issues in the Central American region and Mexico.

Esteban received his law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Costa Rica and has a master’s degree in International Law and International Relations from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid where he was a scholarship holder of the Fundación Carolina, and a master’s degree in Peace, Conflict and Human Rights Studies from the University of Granada, Spain.

madrigal@raceandequality.org

Johanna Villegas

Johanna develops and executes capacity-building programs for human rights defenders in Cuba.

She previously worked as a consultant for the Women’s Human Rights Institute, where she trained indigenous women to defend their rights in the Inter-American human rights system. She was also director of the Free Legal Clinic at Universidad San Francisco (Quito, Ecuador), representing victims of human rights violations before national and international bodies. She taught public international law and clinics at Universidad San Francisco’s Faculty of Law. She has been a consultant and Fellow at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, a consultant at the United Nations office in Ecuador, and a consultant for various civil society groups in Latin America.

Johanna received her law degree from Universidad San Francisco, an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in international relations from the Latin American School of Social Science (FLACSO).

villegas@raceandequality.org

Zuleika Rivera

Zuleika is the LGBTI Program Officer and works with human rights defenders in Latin America to support and strengthen their advocacy capacity at the domestic and international levels.

Before joining Race & Equality, Zuleika completed the J.D. Distinguished Fellowship of American University Washington College of Law at Lesbianas Independientes Feministas Socialistas (LIFS), an Lesbian, trans, and bisexual (LTB) organization in Lima, Peru where she served as a member of its legal team and conducted workshops on LTB rights for Peruvian civil society. Additionally, she was a research assistant at the Academy on Human Rights and International Law and the Anti-Torture Initiative. Zuleika was an intern at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and the Study for the Defense of Women’s Rights (DEMUS), among other NGOs.

Zuleika received her law degree from American University Washington College of Law, where she focused on human rights and gender. She also holds an M.A. in International Relations from the School of International Service of American University and a B.A. in Political Science and Public Affairs from Syracuse University. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Colombia.

rivera@raceandequality.org

Caitlin M. Kelly

Caitlin works with human rights defenders in Latin America, focusing on the administration of justice in Cuba and the right to nationality in the Dominican Republic.

Prior to joining Race & Equality, Caitlin was a Policy Fellow at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she provided legal analysis on proposed state legislation affecting reproductive rights. She was the Helton Fellow at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, where she assisted in litigation and advocacy before the Inter-American System of Human Rights. Caitlin also has experience working in Colombia, where she clerked with a judge in the Justice and Peace Tribunal and conducted a study of the Colombian transitional justice system.

Caitlin received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she studied international human rights and reproductive rights. She also holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Spanish Language and Literature from Kalamazoo College. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

kelly@raceandequality.org

Carmen Herrera

In her role, Carmen consults for Race and Equality’s Legal Program, seeking to strengthen the organization’s legal actions in favor of both individuals and collective groups.

Carmen is a trained attorney with a master’s in political sociology. In her previous role, she contributed to documentation and litigation strategies at the Mexican national system, as well as developing advocacy strategies towards the Inter-American Human Rights Protection System. Her work focused on populations facing structural violence and discrimination, collaborating with organizations supporting these groups. She has also carried investigative and training processes in relation to these topics.

She has been part of a number of human rights organizations in Mexico, including the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center (Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez) & Attorneys for Justice and Human Rights (Abogadas y Abogados para la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos), where she worked in the regional project “Discrimination by ethnicity and gender in the Americas: The case of Indigenous Women.” She has also been leading judicial inspector at the Supreme Court in Mexico City and directed the Justice and International Law Regional Office for Central America and Central Mexico. She has worked alongside the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights in training lawyers in Latin America to incorporate gender and race/ethnicity approaches to their legal advocacy for cases of violence and discrimination against women and discrimination against Afrodescendants, respectively.

herrera@raceandequality.org

Ana Victoria Bolaños

Ana works with human rights defenders in Latin America to support and strengthen their advocacy capacity at the domestic and international levels.

Before joining Race & Equality, Ana worked for the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), where she provided legal analysis and assisted in litigation and advocacy before the Inter-American System of Human Rights. She also served as a Legal Advisor to the Myrna Mack Foundation in Guatemala, where she focused on various human rights issues such as women’s access to justice, the rights of the LGBTIQ community, and transitional justice. Ana interned with the American Bar Association, Rule of Law Initiative, Minority Rights Group, and Latin American Women’s Rights Service.

Ana holds an M.A. in Human Rights and International Politics from City University in London and a B.S. in Legal and Social Sciences from Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala.

bolanos@raceandequality.org

Elvia Duque

Elvia works on advocacy projects within the sphere of the Organization of American States, principally in favor of the ratification of the Inter-American Convention Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Forms of Intolerance.

Previously, Elvia worked for many years as the International Affairs Director at the organization Afroamérica XXI. In this role, she advocated for the Afro-Latino population and was the coordinator of many international projects for Afro-Latinos. Also, along with the organization Global Rights – Partners for Justice, she was one of the Afro-Latino leaders who helped to advocate for the creation of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons of African Descent and against Racial Discrimination at the OAS. As a member of various Afro-Latino organizations, she has published numerous training materials and is the author of the book entitled Aportes del pueblo afrodescendiente. La historia oculta de América Latina. Elvia Duque studied Law at the Universidad Santiago de Cali and was born in Cali, Colombia.

duque@raceandequality.org

Christina M. Fetterhoff

Christina oversees the implementation of Race and Equality’s programs, and designs strategies to advance organizational goals in collaboration with civil society partners.

Before joining Race and Equality, Christina was a Fellow at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Her interest in social justice issues in Latin America has led her to study transitional justice in Argentina, intern with an indigenous rights organization in Ecuador, and eventually become a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. While there, Christina worked with community leaders to expand local government services, especially for women and children.

Christina is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School. She received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, where she specialized in international human rights law and gender issues, and also holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. She is admitted to practice law in the state of New York.

fetterhoff@raceandequality.org

Carlos Quesada

Until October 2014, Carlos served as Global Rights’ Director of the Ethnic and Racial Equality Program/Advisor on the Rights of LGBTI People. He is trained as a journalist and a lawyer. Carlos is working to combat racial and ethnic discrimination and discrimination based on different sexual orientations and gender identities in the Americas and in some countries in Africa. He has 25 years of experience working with the Organization of American States and its different bodies, including the Inter-American Human Rights Protection System, Summit of the Americas Process, General Assembly, and Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs. He conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, and monitors the UN system.

Carlos worked for the Commission for the Defense of Human Rights in Central America (CODEHUCA) as an Advocacy Director and he was the Latin America Program Officer for Penal Reform International.

He holds a B.A. in Mass Media and a Law Degree (J.D.) from the Universidad de Costa Rica. He also obtained an M.A. in Human Rights from the United Nations University for Peace.

quesada@raceandequality.org