Professor Alvaro Bedoya is the founding Executive Director of the Center. Prior to joining Georgetown Law, he served as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law and to its Chairman, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.).  In this capacity, he advised Senator Franken in crafting legislation and conducting oversight on mobile location privacy, health data privacy and NSA transparency and worked to improve privacy protections for biometric technology like facial recognition and fingerprint readers. He also advised the Senator on civil rights, immigration, and intellectual property matters, and served as his lead advisor in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. 

Before joining the Senate, Prof. Bedoya was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, and served as a research consultant for the International Labor Organization’s Special Action Program to Combat Forced Labor. He is active in his community, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Esperanza Education Fund, a status-blind college scholarship for immigrant students in D.C., Virginia and Maryland, that he co-founded in 2009. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Bar Association of Washington, D.C. 

He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he received the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Scholarship

Book Chapters and Collected Works

Alvaro M. Bedoya, Eduardo Bedoya & Patrick Belser, Debt Bondage and Ethnic Discrimination in Latin America, in Forced Labor: Coercion and Exploitation in the Private Economy 35-50 (Beate Andrees & Patrick Belser eds., Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers 2009). [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Alvaro M. Bedoya, The Unforeseen Effects of Georgia v. Ashcroft on the Latino Community, 115 Yale L.J. 2112-2146 (2006). [WWW] [HEIN] [W] [L]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

Alvaro M. Bedoya & Eduardo Bedoya Garland, Servidumbre por Deudas y Marginación en el Chaco de Paraguay [Debt Bondage and Marginalization in the Chaco of Paraguay], (Int'l Labour Org., Working Paper No. 45, 2005). [WWW]
Alvaro M. Bedoya & Eduardo Bedoya Garland, El Trabajo Forzoso en la Extracción de la Madera en la Amazonía Peruana [Forced Labor in the Logging Industry in the Peruvian Amazon], (Int'l Labour Org., Working Paper No. 40, 2005). [WWW]
Alvaro M. Bedoya & Eduardo Bedoya Garland, Enganche y Servidumbre por Deudas en Bolivia ["Enganche" and Debt Bondage in Bolivia], (Int'l Labour Org., Working Paper No. 41, 2005). [WWW]