L.L.B., Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela; LL.M., McGill University
Fanny Cata Gomez-Lugo (she/her) is a Venezuelan lawyer, feminist, queer woman, who has been teaching at Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) since 2012. She is the Director of Research & Advocacy Programs at Women’s Equality Center (WEC), where she focuses on reproductive rights. Prior to this, she was the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at Synergía – Initiatives for Human Rights, conducting advocacy on LGBTQ issues in Latin America and Africa. Before this, she worked as the human rights specialist coordinating the execution of the legal work, projects, and activities of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons (LGBTI) at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), between 2012 and 2016. She worked at the IACHR since July 2007, where she started as a fellow, for the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women. Professor Gómez-Lugo is a graduate from Andrés Bello Catholic University (Venezuela), (Juris Doctor equivalent). She earned a LL.M. with a concentration in international law from McGill University, Canada. On a scholarship from the University of Chile, she pursued graduate studies in “Human Rights and Women: Theory and Practice”. She completed the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) at GULC. She has collaborated with Human Rights Watch and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Law Faculty, Georgetown University, where she teaches courses on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, and sexual and reproductive rights. For 2016-2018, she was the Adjunct Professor for the Fact-Finding Practicum of the Human Rights Institute at Georgetown Law, which focused on the rights of LGBTQ people in El Salvador and Guyana. She is a member of the international advisory board at Astraea Lesbian Foundation. She is a member of the Network of LGBTQ Litigants of Latin America and the Caribbean, and a consultant with the United Nations.