Alejandra Cárdenas is the Legal Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean in the International Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Her work at the Center includes litigation and advocacy on issues of adolescents, sexual abuse in schools, abortion, and general reproductive rights in the region. Before joining the Center, Ms. Cárdenas worked as a human rights defender for NGOs in Colombia and the United States. Her research, advocacy, and litigation for these organizations often focused on gender, equality, and ESC rights. Ms. Cárdenas has also authored and co-authored reports and essays on International Human Rights Law. She has a law degree from the Universidad Externado de Colombia and a master's degree in International Public Law from Harvard Law School where she also earned an Irving R. Kaufman Fellowship.