Luisa Cabal and Lilian Sepúlveda
Luisa Cabal is the Director of the International Legal Program. Since joining the Center in 1998, Ms. Cabal has pioneered the Center's first international litigation efforts, positioning reproductive rights issues on the agenda of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. She also designed and co-coordinated the first comparative regional study in Latin America on the jurisprudence of the region's highest level courts. She developed lawyer training projects, whose graduates continue to work on reproductive rights in countries such as México, Perú and Colombia. And she has worked on the creation of a network of Latin American law professors who are integrating reproductive rights into law school curricula in the region. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Cabal was a foreign associate in the Latin American Practice Group at Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, LLP. In addition, she served as a Consultant to the United Nations Development Program in Colombia, and as an Executive Assistant to the Director of the National Rehabilitation Plan, an initiative of the Presidency of Colombia. Ms. Cabal graduated with honors from the Universidad de los Andes; she received her Master of Laws from the Columbia University School of Law.
Lilian Sepúlveda is the Deputy Director of the International Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Her work has focused on the protection and advancement of women’s reproductive rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, including spearheading the Center’s litigation and law reform efforts in the region. She represented the Center in negotiating a settlement with the Mexican government in Paulina Ramírez v. Mexico, and is working to ensure the Peruvian government’s implementation of the UN Human Rights Committee’s decision in K.L. v. Peru. She is editor of Bodies on Trial: Reproductive Rights in Latin American Courts, a key regional publication of the International Legal Program, and coauthor of “What Role can International Litigation Play in the Promotion and Advancement of Reproductive Rights in Latin America?” Before joining the Center in 2002, she worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and at Rutgers University. She is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.