Disability & Human Rights Fellows
Alpana is a human rights attorney from Nepal. She has worked for nearly four years in the field of human rights, focusing on anti-human trafficking work and combating drug abuse and torture-related issues through her own private law firm. She has been involved in human rights fact-finding missions and provides legal assistance to indigent clients. Alpana has closely observed disability issues around her community. Working with several different communities has kindled her passion for learning about different cultures, and being a voice for the voiceless gives her inner peace. She is highly dedicated and committed to her work, and she believes that every individual can make a difference. Alpana completed her LL.B from Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal. Since then, she has represented women and children in human rights cases, and has participated in teaching legal awareness classes to Nepali students.
Facundo is a lawyer from Argentina. Specializing in business law, Facundo works at the Disability Department of the Ombudsman Office of the City of Buenos Aires. He serves as the Vice President of the Latin-American Network of NGOs of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS). He is also a board member of the GPDD Global Partnership on Development and Disability (GPDD), a member of the Argentina Network for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (REDI), and a member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). Facundo graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires with his law degree in 2001 and his specialization in Business Law in 2003.
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Bijay is a lawyer from Nepal. He has worked with the Nepal Red Cross Society, the largest humanitarian organization in the country, for more than a decade, promoting international humanitarian law (IHL) and international disaster response law, and striving to implement these bodies of law in Nepal. Bijay is also involved in disability rights advocacy in Nepal. His son has an intellectual disability, which motivates Bijay to volunteer in this field. He was a task force member for developing domestic legislations and other instruments to promote the rights of persons with disabilities. He is also associated with various disability rights and service organizations. Bijay received his BA, BL(LLB), and MPA from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu.
Adalberto is a lawyer from Mexico. He is an associate in the Interdisciplinary Center for Conflicts Management, and a member of the Mexican Bar Association and the International Legal Fraternity PHI DELTA PHI. He was theCoordinatorof the Law Program in Universidad La Salle and the representative of the Human Rights Class. He has previously worked as a corporate lawyer specialized in international business transactions. As an academic, he has worked in different programs related to Human Rights. In 2008, Adalberto visited the United States as an International Electoral Observer to compare election procedures between the United States and Mexico as pertains to the fulfillment of Article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2010 he was invited by the Saharahui Government as Human Rights Observer for the refugee camps on the Sahara desert in Tindourf, Algeria. Adalberto received his law degree from Universidad La Salle in 2010.
Juan Ignacio is a human rights lawyer from Argentina. His work has focused on social rights, specifically the right to education of socioeconomically vulnerable groups in the city of Buenos Aires through collective cases. In this field, he has also researched and participated in cases related to inclusive education of persons with disabilities. Juan Ignacio attended the University of Buenos Aires School of Law, receiving his law degree in 2010 and expecting his master of laws in international human rights law after completion of his thesis.