J. Rachel Reyes is director of communications for the Center for Migration Studies (CMS), and has been with the agency since January 2012. Prior to joining CMS, Ms. Reyes’ migration and refugee work included: drafting motions and organizing high-level conferences with the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population at the Council of Europe; advocating for protections for refugee and internally displaced women at the 53rd Session on the Commission on the Status of Women with Human Rights Advocates; spearheading fundraising campaigns to fund legal aid programs in Thailand and Ecuador for Asylum Access; and assisting in the rebuild of the PeaceWomen Project website to better provide news, resources and events surrounding issues of women, peace and security. She also worked with Global Justice Center to help develop legal arguments regarding the deliberate transmission of HIV in armed conflict.
Ms. Reyes authored, “Deliver Us from our Protectors: Accountability for Violations Committed by Humanitarian Aid Staff against Refugee Women and Children,” which was published in the summer 2009 edition of the University of San Francisco Law Review. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in rhetoric and classical civilizations from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Arts in international affairs (concentrating on conflict and security and governance and rights) from The New School, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Ms. Reyes is licensed to practice law in the State of California.