Paula Avila-Guillen

Paula Avila-Guillen, Programs Specialist

Paula became Programs Specialist in 2015. As a Programs Specialist, Paula serves as a strategic thought partner to the Chief Program Officer (CPO) specifically focusing on: the planning and implementation of the programmatic side of the Center’s new five-year strategic plan; increasing cross-programmatic functionality, impact and effectiveness; and identifying and implementing new programmatic initiatives in the U.S. and Globally. Additionally, she provides critical support to the CPO and work closely with the V.P., U.S. Policy and Advocacy; the V.P., Global Legal Program; the V.P., U.S. Legal Program; and the Center’s Executive and Management teams. Paula joined the Center in 2014 as Advocacy Adviser for Latin America & the Caribbean, where she focused on advancing and seeking increased recognition of reproductive rights across the region, through the implementation of advocacy strategies before the Organization of American States and in other inter-governmental processes.

Before join the Center, Paula worked as a human rights consultant for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, where she conducted research and drafted reports on the right to health of LGTBI individuals in the Americas region. Prior to that, Paula was an institute associate at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where she managed,  designed, and developed litigation and advocacy strategies on international human rights issues.

Originally from Colombia, Paula received her law degree at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, and her LL.M with a concentration in human rights law at the Washington College of Law at American University. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2012.