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Angelita Baeyens joined Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights as Programs Director of Advocacy & Litigation in June 2014. She is the lead attorney in over a dozen cases before the Inter-American system of human rights, including cases on freedom of expression, enforced disappearance of human rights defenders and violence against women in the Americas. She previously served at the United Nations as Political Affairs Officer in the Americas Division of the UN Department of Political Affairs in New York from March 2012 to May 2014. Ms. Baeyens also worked as a Human Rights Officer in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington D.C. since 2006. In 2008, she became the Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary, and starting in 2009, she also served as the Coordinator of the Office of the Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders of the IACHR.
Ms. Baeyens is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center since 2012. A dual Belgian and Colombian citizen, she holds a Law Degree from the University of Ibague (Colombia) and an LL.M in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame (United States). Ms. Baeyens is fluent in Spanish, French and English.