Elena Hodges
Human Rights Scholar
Biography

Elena is a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar and an Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar. Originally from rural Montana, Elena attended the United World College of the Adriatic, a 2-year international IB school in Northern Italy, and Yale University, where she studied Political Science. At Yale, she participated in the inaugural class of a 3-year Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights through Yale Law School. For her program capstone, she created a resource mapping initiative for local refugees and asylum seekers. Elena has extensive international experience with community-based research and advocacy, working on forced evictions and environmental violations in Brazil; migrant labor violations in Jordan; and access to healthcare and LGBTQ rights back home in Montana. Before coming to NYU Law, Elena spent a year and a half in Beirut, where she focused first on comparative judicial independence and later on refugee protection with respect to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Elena speaks Arabic, Portuguese, and Italian. After law school, Elena hopes to continue working with marginalized and forcibly displaced communities to promote access to justice and more accountable, dignifying approaches to human rights and humanitarianism.

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