Jessica Carvalho Morris, Director of the International Graduate Law Programs at Miami Law, was re-elected to the Amnesty International USA Board of Directors for a second three-year term. She received the largest number of votes among all elected board members and remains as the only Latina on the Board. She is the first Latina to serve as Vice Chair; chair the Governance Committee; and serve on the Executive Committee of the Board. Additionally, Carvalho Morris serves as the liaison to the Americas, partly due to her language skills which include English, Spanish, Portuguese and a knowledge of French.
Prior to joining Miami Law, Carvalho Morris worked for the U.S. federal agency the National Labor Relations Board as a field attorney and for Greenberg Traurig as an associate where she worked in a variety of civil and complex commercial litigation disputes relating to tax, contract and employment issues.
She was the coordinator for the Miami Chapter of Amnesty International for five years, from 2004-2009. In that position, she led the organization of the largest Florida state conference in 2006 and the Southern Regional Conference in 2007, both at the University of Miami School of Law, and significantly expanded the fundraising and membership of the Miami Chapter. She also co-chaired the Civil Rights Committee of the Florida Bar and was a member of the board for the Florida International University Women's Center Advisory Council. Carvalho Morris has published and lectured on international human rights and aspects of Brazilian and American constitutional law.
Amnesty International has more than 2.8 million supporters, in more than 150 countries, campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.