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Leah Chavla

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Leah Chavla is an international human rights lawyer who joined the Women’s Refugee Commission in October 2016. At the WRC, she works as a Policy Advisor in the Migrant Rights and Justice Program, where she advocates for the rights of women, children, and families seeking protection. She particularly focuses on policies governing the treatment of asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants at U.S. borders, the custody and care of unaccompanied children, and regional protection issues for migrants and refugees in Mexico and Central America.

Prior to joining the WRC, Leah worked at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) within the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrants and the Rapporteurship on Human Rights Defenders. At the IACHR, she worked on cases, authored and co-authored several reports on situations affecting the rights of migrants and human rights defenders, monitored human rights conditions in the Americas, served as a panelist in conferences and workshops on the inter-American human rights system, and participated in other activities, such as country visits. Leah began her legal career as a Legal Fellow at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

Leah holds a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from American University and a J.D. with honors from the Washington College of Law, American University. She works in the WRC’s DC office.