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I hail from Albuquerque, New Mexico, from a mixed white/Hispanic (Mexican-American) family.  I attended the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School, and then spent a year as a Robina Human Rights Foundation Fellow in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.  After moving back to the United States, I began working in the International Dispute Resolution practice at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, where I worked on international arbitration and litigation relating to international and transnational disputes (with a particular focus on Latin America) and maintained a pro bono practice focused on immigration and human rights, particularly women's and prisoners' rights.  As of April 2016, I am an Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser (often referred to simply as "L") in Washington, D.C.  Within L, I am in the Office of International Claims and Investment Disputes.  I love travel, performing arts, reading, music, cooking, and rambling outdoors.  I am fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese. 


U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser
2430 E St NW
Room 227
Washington, DC 20037

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Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution
International Law



Law School

Yale Law School

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