Melissa C. del Aguila



Vanessa Drummond is the assistant project director of the Center’s Anti-Torture Initiative. Ms. Drummond manages the day-to-day operations of the Anti-Torture Initiative and works with partners worldwide to develop and implement advocacy efforts to advance new international law standards to prevent torture and ill-treatment. Ms. Drummond has extensive experience working on human rights and torture prevention initiatives. She previously supported the mandate of the former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture as researcher and legal analyst, and served as a legal assistant for the Kovler Project Against Torture, conducting research on and identifying areas of non-compliance by States Parties to the U.N. Convention Against Torture.  Ms. Drummond also has significant work experience in international development, with a focus on children, youth, and gender, including as a communications specialist with UNICEF Brazil where she assisted in coordinating the World Congress III Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents. In addition, Ms. Drummond has held positions with the World Bank’s Strategy, Gender and Special Initiatives Team, the Education Development Center, and Save the Children USA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Division.

B.A. in Dramatic Literature, New York University
M.A. in International Development, American University School of International Service
J.D., American University Washington College of Law

Languages: Portuguese and Spanish