Ma. Krizna Gomez received her LLM with an international human rights law concentration at Harvard Law School. Prior to this, she worked as program coordinator for the Ateneo Human Rights Center in the Philippines, on its program against extralegal killings and enforced disappearances. She also pioneered the nationwide expansion of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections—the first and only election citizens’ arm in the Philippines composed of lawyers and paralegals, through which she conducted capacity-development trainings on electoral monitoring and went on observation missions from 2007 until 2011.
Gomez also simultaneously served as president of the Asia-Europe Foundation University Alumni Network, an international non-profit organization through which she led academic and civil society initiatives on public health. She also helped organize the Asian Consortium for Human Rights-Based Access to Justice. Before taking her LLM, she lectured on gender studies at the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia and international criminal law in Ateneo Law School.
While in Ateneo, she volunteered as a supervising lawyer in its legal aid clinic, and also helped establish similar legal aid clinics and human rights institutions in other law schools in the Philippines.
She is an experienced facilitator, using formal and non-formal education with vulnerable sectors and human rights defenders at the grassroots, national, and international levels. She was part of the Harvard Ghana Project, a community lawyering initiative on education and mental health in Ghana. She also worked with the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic on investigating gender-based violence in the Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea.
Gomez was an Open Society Intern for Rights and Governance for 2013, through which she has been conducting research on the effect of donors on the security and protection of human rights defenders in Kenya and Uganda.