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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Amanda Lyons (J.D. Class of 2009)

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Amanda Lyons
(J.D. ’09)


From Lyons October 18, 2011:
After graduating in 2009 with a Human Rights Concentration, I went to work with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) at the Bogotá offices as a Legal Advisor & Researcher for the Colombia Program. I had worked there during my 2L summer in 2008 thanks to an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship. The Director of the Colombia Office for most of my time there was a fellow UMN Law School Alum Michael Reed Hurtado, Class of 1996.

ICTJ in Colombia works to promote the rights to truth, justice, and reparation for the victims of the protracted and ongoing armed conflict. My work with the Colombia program included issues related to international criminal law, Colombian war criminals extradited to the U.S., and gender.

After two great years in Bogotá with ICTJ, I recently moved to New York to accept a new position with Franciscans International as the Advocacy Officer for the Americas Program. We represent the religious and secular Franciscans that are working on the ground with vulnerable and marginalized populations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Our advocacy centers on the human-rights mechanisms of the UN and our priority areas are extreme poverty, peace and justice, and the environment.