Bianca Z. Santos, Director of International Human Rights Program & Immigration Attorney

Growing up in an immigrant family and community, Bianca is dedicated to furthering the human rights of all migrants. 

Bianca joined Pangea in March 2014 after a year of volunteering with the organization. Prior to her work at Pangea, Bianca was the Program Director for the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative.  During her work with the IMBR Initiative, she led the revision of the IMBR text and commentaries, the drafting of an IMBR handbook, and the creation of indicators based on the IMBR.  The IMBR and accompanying materials are published in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Volume 28, Fall 2013.  Her work with the IMBR began in law school, where she worked with three international universities in an IMBR-focused conference in Geneva. Her commitment to the IMBR continues as she currently sits on the steering committee of the IMBR Initiative. 

 During law school, Bianca represented an asylum seeker in immigration court through the Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS).  She worked for the State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs/Directorate of Overseas Citizens Services in the Office of Policy Review and Inter-Agency Liason, where she analyzed implementation of Hague private international law conventions.   In 2009 she interned for Conectas Human Rights in São Paulo, Brazil, where she worked with the Foreign Policy Program.  At Conectas she contributed to a range of projects, including researching Brazil’s foreign policy approach to the United Nations Security Council, encouraging international participation in Guinea-Bissau’s election, and editing the Conectas Human Rights Yearbook.

Bianca was a Global Law Scholar at Georgetown Law and was awarded a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies.   She received her undergraduate degreecum laude from Rice University ('05) and her law degree cum laude from Georgetown Law School ('11). 

Bianca is licensed to practice law in California.  She speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.