Selene Soto Rodriguez is the Center’s Senior Legal Adviser, Global Advocacy. Selene leads the Center’s ground-breaking work on the integration of human rights standards into international humanitarian law and practice to advance the realization of SRHR in humanitarian settings.
Selene comes to the Center from Women’s Link Worldwide where she oversaw their project on SRHR in the context of the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, as well as the continuum of gender-based violence for Venezuelan migrant women on the border with Colombia and in their transit to other countries in the Americas region. As a human rights lawyer, and Venezuelan herself, Selene brings lived experience and deep expertise to the Center’s work in the area of SRHR in crisis settings. Selene also worked for more than seven years as a human rights specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and before that as a legal assistant at COFAVIC, an NGO that works with gross human rights violations in Venezuela.
Selene graduated from law school at the Universidad Catolica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela and is an LLM candidate in constitutional law at the Universidad Externado in Colombia.