Amanda Lyons, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center, is a specialist in international human rights law and advocacy. She joins the Human Rights Center after having served as the Americas Program Coordinator and New York head of office for Franciscans International (FI). In that capacity she focused on human rights advocacy at the UN on a range of issues, including business and human rights, poverty, gender, the rights of indigenous peoples, and environmental justice.
Before FI, Amanda was Legal Researcher and Advisor for the International Center for Transitional Justice in Bogotá, Colombia. She earned her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a concentration in international human rights law and a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from the University of Notre Dame.