Emelie is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Political Science with three certifications in Human Rights and Political Transitions, African Languages and Culture, and Middle Eastern Studies at the Florida International University Honors College. She currently serves as the IGNITE National Miami Dade regional fellow, a bi-partisan political advocacy organization training young women to run for office. Previous to transferring to Florida International University, Emelie graduated from Miami Dade College with an A.A. in International Relations.
Prior to joining FLJC, Emelie interned for Centro Emergenica de Mujer and La Defensoria Municipal del Niño y del Adolescente in Cusco, Peru. There, she provided aid to young mothers and children to legally escape domestic and sexual violence by offering resources such as psychological treatment, legal guidance, judicial defense, and information on where to find safe housing with the help of local lawyers. She then utilized her knowledge on gender-based violence in her research on human trafficking and human smuggling laws that govern the Western Hemisphere for the Department of State through her university’s Diplomacy lab. Her experiences sparked her passion in fighting for good governance and addressing the barriers in our legal system for low-income citizens
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Emelie is a first-generation Cuban American. She will be working with FLJC as our Community Engagement Coordinator by pursuing her passion for good governance, human rights, and community action.
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