OPIA

PSVF Fellow: Celeste Kmiotek (J.D. ’20)

REDRESS

London, UK

Celeste will be a fellow at REDRESS, which focuses on victim-centered justice for torture victims and survivors through litigation and advocacy. During her time in law school, Celeste was involved in the International Human Rights Clinic for four semesters. She worked on a memorial project for Bolivia’s Black October, as well as the appeal of the related U.S. civil case, Mamani, et al., v. Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín. She also worked on an amicus brief for In re: Chiquita, and a U.N. Special Procedures submission for the ongoing human rights abuses in Bolivia following the October 2019 election. She was involved with the International Law Journal as well as Advocates for Human Rights, for which she worked on a project to expand the scope of the International Criminal Court. She spent her second January Term in The Hague, working with practitioners on the project. During her 1L summer, she worked at the U.N. Development Programme in New York, focusing on fraud and abuse of authority claims. She then spent her 2L summer in Cambodia at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, where she worked in the Office of the Co-Prosecutor on the appeals of genocide and crimes against humanity cases.