Marcela Velarde is a 2L JD/Master I & II Candidate from Matamoros, Mexico/Brownsville, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in International Relations & Global Studies, Government, and Human Rights & Social Justice and two minors in Latin American Studies and French. She is particularly interested in International Human Rights Law, Refugee Law, Women’s Rights, and Transitional Justice. At WCL, she is a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the Executive Editor for the Law and International Development Society. This past summer, she participated in the Summer Law Program in The Hague and interned at Refugee Law Project in Kyangwali Settlement, Uganda, where she provided legal advice to refugees accused of crimes within the settlement and represented asylum seekers to advocate for their right to gain refugee status. She is currently a Student Attorney at the International Human Rights Law Clinic and a Research Associate at Public International Law and Policy Group. In her free time, she loves traveling, trying new coffee places/restaurants around DC, dancing, and spending time with friends.