Senior Legal Advisor at Women Enabled International
At WEI, Anastasia’s work has included the research and drafting of the innovative UNFPA and WEI publication, “Guidelines for Providing Rights-Based and Gender-Responsive Services to Address Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Women and Young People with Disabilities” and now she has assumed a key role in providing training on the Guidelines to UNFPA regional offices worldwide. Anastasia also researches and develops submissions to U.N. treaty bodies and mechanisms, and other forms of legal advocacy and substantive publications that aim to strengthen the human rights standards on the rights of women and girls with disabilities around the world. Additionally, Anastasia supervises WEI’s social media team.
Prior to joining WEI, Anastasia served as a Staff Attorney in the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PADD) program at Disability Rights New York (DRNY), New York State’s Protection and Advocacy system. As a DRNY Staff Attorney, Anastasia investigated abuse and neglect complaints, monitored the rights and safety of people with developmental disabilities receiving services in New York, and represented and advocated for people with developmental disabilities in a variety of civil disability-related issues.
Anastasia joined DRNY immediately after graduating magna cum laude from Cardozo School of Law in 2014, where she was awarded the Telford Taylor Award for Outstanding Achievement in the fields of Constitutional Law and Human Rights. During law school, Anastasia interned at numerous civil and human rights organizations where her work focused primarily on the rights of women, people with disabilities, and refugee and asylum seekers. As a law student, Anastasia interned at Human Rights Watch in the Disability Rights Division; the American Civil Liberties Union at the Women’s Rights Project; the Women’s Legal Centre in South Africa; the Urban Justice Center at the Sex Workers Rights Project; the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in the U.S. Protection Unit, and at HIAS, in the immigration unit.
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