Global Programs Director
An organizer, advocate, trainer, manager and social entrepreneur, Amalia is dedicated to seeing the human rights of refugees respected. She leads Asylum Access’s Global Legal Services and Community Legal Empowerment programs. Amalia co-founded Asylum Access and served on its Board of Directors from 2005 until she joined the staff in 2013.
Amalia offers bilingual strategic leadership and coaching to Asylum Access overseas staff, to emerging organizations, and leaders. Amalia oversaw initial operations of Asylum Access’s first office in Ecuador and spearheaded the launch of Asylum Access Malaysia.
An immigrant from Venezuela, Amalia strives to transform the landscape for refugees one or two borders from home. Through Fulbright and Soros fellowships, she worked closely with immigrant communities and their allies to advance local political and social change in countries such as Egypt, Turkey, and the U.S. (Read her advocacy report on the costs of policing immigrants). Amalia has worked with organizations including Amnesty International, American Civil Liberties Union, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) and Jesuit Refugee Services.
Amalia is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Washington College of Law and is a licensed lawyer in California. Amalia speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.