Ximena Casas is the Women’s Rights Researcher for the Americas region. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Ximena worked for Planned Parenthood Global as the Associate Director for Regional Advocacy Strategy where she managed the Latin American Regional Advocacy and Policy projects and was the region’s specialist on international jurisprudence on reproductive rights. She previously worked at the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), where she worked on litigation strategies to advance the recognition of sexual and reproductive rights of Latin American women. Before CRR, she was the Americas associate at Human Rights Watch. She has substantial experience in international human rights litigation, particularly before the Inter-American System and the Universal system, research, and advocacy. She has specific knowledge of international human rights law, humanitarian law, and gender law. She is an expert in non-discrimination and gender equality, with strong experience in intersectionality and sexual and reproductive rights and health.
Ximena grew up in Colombia and has experienced extensive travel and fieldwork through the Latin American region. Ximena earned her law degree from Rosario University Bogotá, Colombia, her Masters in Law at Columbia University in New York, where she graduated with honors for superior academic achievement and had a full scholarship at the Human Rights Fellowship Program, and her diploma on Human Rights and Gender at Universidad de Chile. She speaks English and Spanish.