Legal Fellow, Human Rights in the U.S. Project, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
Kate Kelly, legal fellow with the Institute's Human Rights in the U.S. Project, is a lawyer specializing in international human rights law and U.S. implementation of international human rights norms and treaties. Prior to joining the Institute's Human Rights in the U.S. Project, Kate founded the Gender and Intersectional Rights Law Center (GIRL Center), dedicated to combating gender-based human rights violations in Utah with an intersectional legal approach.
She has worked previously as an Ella Baker Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights; a law clerk at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica; a research assistant to the Chair of the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland; a post-grad fellow at the Women’s Refugee Commission; an attorney at the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights; Legal Advisor for Legal Action Worldwide in Nairobi Kenya and Hargeisa, Somaliland; and Strategic Advocacy & Policy Counsel at the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.
Kate received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, the only law school in the world founded by, and for, women. She graduated cum laude in 2012, and received the Class of 2012 Peter M. Cicchino Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest. Kate is fluent in Spanish, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.