Juliana Vengoechea Barrios is a legal officer with the Open Society Justice Initiative’s litigation team, based in the New York office.
Vengoechea first joined the Justice Initiative as an Aryeh Neier Fellow (2014–2016), working on equality and inclusion issues, specifically the right to citizenship and documentation of identity.
Prior to joining the Justice Initiative, she was an assistant professor and director of the Center for Studies in International Law “Francisco Suárez, S.J.” at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. She has also worked as a human rights and international humanitarian law advisor for the vice-president of Colombia, a scholar at the Asylum and Refugee Law Program at the University of Michigan, and a fellow in the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, D.C.
Vengoechea holds LLB degrees from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and the University of the Basque Country, and an LLM from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the New York State Bar.