Alejandra Cardenas initially joined the Center in 2009 and currently leads the Legal Strategies, Innovation, and Research unit responsible for ensuring technical excellence and legal coherency across the organization. In her role she provides guidance and oversight for the Center’s litigation; the development of position papers and advocacy and communications materials; institutional learning and knowledge management; and capacity building and norm-building strategies.
Before joining the Center, Alejandra most recently served as Regional Legal Director for Women’s Link Worldwide, where she was responsible for the planning and oversight of program design and implementation while overseeing a team working on reproductive rights, transitional justice and sex trafficking. Prior to that, Alejandra served as a Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw the caseload of petitions filed against Bolivia and Peru and served as the Commission’s liaison with those two States. Alejandra has published several articles on reproductive rights, the Inter-American human rights system, and international public law.
Alejandra received her LLM from Harvard Law School with a concentration in International Public Law, and her undergraduate law degree from the Universidad Externado de Colombia.
Alejandra’s native language is Spanish.