Amy has worked with NGOs and multi-disciplinary delegations from Armenia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Slovakia, and Tajikistan on strengthening their responses to violence against women, including domestic and sexual violence and trafficking. Amy has designed training curricula, presentations, and study visits for GRW’s international partners, as well as aided them in monitoring and evaluating their justice system responses to violence against women. She has provided input to various United Nations bodies including UN Women, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences.
Prior to joining Global Rights for Women, Amy practiced law as a labor and employment attorney, while also working with the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic to represent victims of violence in Cook County, Illinois. With DVLC’s assistance, Amy developed a clinical program for others at her firm to do similar work.
As a law student, Amy was the Editor-in-Chief of the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights and participated in multiple human rights clinical programs. Amy worked with Malawi’s Ministry of Justice, Legal Aid Department, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the Paralegal Advisory Service to screen the homicide caseload and assist paralegals and State lawyers in the reduction of the case backlog. Additionally, Amy acted as Special Rapporteur at the December 2008 Kigali Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Aid in Africa. Amy also represented minors incarcerated in Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.
Amy is the Chairperson of the board for Minnesota-based Standpoint, a non-profit organization that provides legal advice and counseling statewide for advocates and victims on domestic and sexual violence matters. Amy also volunteers for a grassroots campaign, Break the Silence Day, providing a safe space for survivors of sexual assault to add their voices to a powerful and healing truth-telling movement.
Amy graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison. After receiving her law degree cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, she was an associate at the law firm Drinker, Biddle & Reath. Amy is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Minnesota, USA.