Laura Young
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Laura is a staff attorney in the International Justice Program at The Advocates for Human Rights. She holds a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and a Master of Public Health from Emory University. Laura began her work at The Advocates as a volunteer while in law school. After graduating from law school and completing a judicial clerkship, she became the organization’s second Wellstone Legal Fellow in 2006. Upon completion of her fellowship, Laura was hired as a full-time staff attorney. Laura works on a variety of issues at The Advocates including transitional justice and reconciliation in post-conflict settings, refugee and immigrant rights, abolition of the death penalty, women’s rights, and mobilizing pro bono resources to support the rule of law.

Laura was selected as an American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 2009-2010 Scholar and is a vice-chair for the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s Africa Committee. Before entering the law, Laura worked in the field of public health as a researcher, community educator, and program evaluation specialist. Laura was employed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, private health education consulting firms, and a community-based domestic violence organization.