Karla joined the Center in 2017 and is responsible for developing and leading the Center’s work on Assisted Reproduction (AR), including IVF, surrogacy, and embryo personhood. She works within the US Human Rights team and collaborates with staff across various departments, including the US Policy and Advocacy and US Litigation teams, as well as the Center’s Global Legal Program.
Karla most recently served as a program officer at Equality Now where she worked in close partnership with grassroots organizations in the Americas to expose human rights violations against women and girls and to promote legal frameworks to protect against them. Previously, Karla was the Center’s Human Rights Fellow (2013-2015), during which time she was instrumental in developing the Center’s Nuestro Texas campaign. Through this work, she helped to bring international attention to the lack of access to affordable reproductive health services for Latina immigrants in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Prior to this, Karla was the Assistant Director of the Reproductive Rights Initiative at the New Delhi-based Human Rights Law Network where she managed a national advocacy project aimed at ensuring the reproductive and sexual health rights of children, adolescents, and women in India.
Karla received her JD from American University’s Washington College of Law and an M.A. in International Politics from American’s School of International Service.
Karla is fluent in Spanish.