Rosa Celorio

Portrait of Rosa Celorio
Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Rosa Celorio has worked as a Principal Human Rights Specialist and Attorney for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights since December of 2004.  In this capacity, she is the Coordinator of the thematic monitoring section of the Commission, overseeing the legal work of nine of its specialized Rapporteurships.  Historically she has been actively involved in the work of the Rapporteurships on Women and Indigenous Peoples, as well as the section which handles matters related to the United States, Canada, Brazil, the English-Speaking Caribbean, and Haiti.

Ms. Celorio has worked in the field of human rights, discrimination, and gender issues for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM-currently UN Women) in New York and Ecuador; as a lawyer in the law firms of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane in Boston and O’Neill & Borges in Puerto Rico; as well as in Greater Boston Legal Services and Centro Presente in Boston.  She has also acted as an advisor for several global initiatives implemented by various United Nations Special Procedures.  She currently works as an Adjunct Law Professor for George Washington University Law School and taught between 2013 and 2014 the Human Rights Fact Finding Practicum at Georgetown University Law School.

Ms. Celorio is also from Puerto Rico and studied International Politics and Law at Georgetown University, in Boston College, and in the Political Science Institute of the University of Strasbourg, in France.  She has offered presentations on different human rights issues in more than 20 countries, and has published several articles pertaining to these matters. She is a member of the State Bars of New York and Massachusetts.


BS, Georgetown University; JD, Boston College Law School