Genesis Davila
Transitional Justice Scholar
Biography

Genesis Davila received her law degree, summa cum laude, from Universidad de Los Andes, in Venezuela, in 2014.

In 2015, she worked as an intern at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, reviewing cases of violations filed against Latin American countries. In 2017, she participated in the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University, where she developed Defiende Venezuela, a pro-bono NGO she founded that same year, dedicated to representing victims of human rights internationally. This idea won her the Georgetown University Global Impact Award.

Since then, through Defiende Venezuela, Genesis has represented more than 200 victims before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, and United Nations mechanisms. She has also trained more than 500 human rights defenders in documentation, activism, and international strategic litigation. Since 2019, Genesis has been participating in the Natalia Project, a unique program for human rights defenders at risk of the Swedish organization Civil Rights Defenders, and is a former guest of Shelter City in the Netherlands, a relocation program for human rights defenders at risk.

At NYU, Genesis is a Fulbright, Hauser, and Transitional Justice scholar, pursuing an LLM in International Legal Studies with a focus on human rights.

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