Elizabeth Abi-Mershed is the Deputy Executive Secretary for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Organization of American States - OAS) in Washington, D.C. Previously she was a Principal Human Rights Specialist for the OAS. As an attorney with the IACHR Secretariat, she analyzes incoming petitions, manages a docket of pending cases, drafts case reports, coordinates on site visits and drafts corresponding country reports, and participates in the litigation of cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Her practice also includes providing technical support to the IACHR's rapporteurs on the rights of women, and participating in initiatives concerning standard-setting and implementation. In relation to her work on gender issues, she has published "The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: Prospects for the Inter-American Human Rights System to Protect and Promote the Human Rights of Women" in Women and International Human Rights Law (Transnational Publishers; Kelly Askin and Dorean Koenig eds. 2000). She received her Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law, and holds a Masters in Law in International and Comparative Law from the Georgetown University Law Center.