Leah Zinker

Pinto Summer Associate

Leah Zinker is the Pinto Summer Associate with the International Advocacy and Litigation team at RFK Human Rights. She is entering her third year at Georgetown University Law Center where she will graduate with a JD and a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies.

In her time at Georgetown, Leah has focused on international human rights law as it intersects with victim-centered justice in the areas of atrocity accountability and asylum. She served as a Human Rights Associate in the 2022-2023 cohort, and she spent the fall 2023 semester representing a Cameroonian political dissident in his claim for asylum. Additionally, she has worked closely with the Center on National Security, and since the spring of 2024, she has contributed to ongoing initiatives related to cumulative civilian harm in armed conflict and a victim consultation protocol for the Center’s Innovation Council for International Justice. She was a researcher for the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group during the summer after her first year at Georgetown, supporting the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine in its efforts to investigate and prosecute Russian war and atrocity crimes.  

Prior to law school Leah worked in the Office of Survivor Affairs and with the oral history department at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She graduated with a B.A. in English and Religious Studies summa cum laude from Kenyon College and received highest honors for her thesis.