Sofia Jaramillo Otoya joined UCI Law’s International Justice Clinic as a Digital Rights Fellow in 2019 . She helps supervise student attorneys working on human rights issues related to freedom of opinion and expression. She also serves as the Legal Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye. Prior to her position, she was the legal officer at Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression Project. Sofia has devoted much of her career to international human rights mechanisms. She has worked with Special Rapporteurs for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Sofia has also worked and consulted for regional organizations in Latin America such as Dejusticia, Civitas, the Foundation for Free Press (FLIP) and the Inter-American Press Association.
Sofia completed her initial legal degree in Colombia, at Rosario University, and earned an LLM from Columbia Law School in New York, where she was a Human Rights Fellow. Sofia graduated from Columbia with the academic recognition of Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Certificate in International and Comparative Law.