Kaitlyn Powell is a recent graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the Institut d’études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) where she received her Juris Doctor and Master’s in Law respectively. While in law school, she was a Public Interest Fellow, Human Rights Associate, and member of the Women’s Legal Alliance, the Georgetown Law Socialist Student Union, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. She has many years of experience working on the rights of women and girls and was a Student Attorney in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown Law as well as a legal intern focused on immigration- and refugee-related litigation at Legal Services New York City and the Rapid Defense Network. Kaitlyn was a Research Assistant at the Center on Gender Justice & Opportunity before she joined the Center as the current Legal Justice Fellow, where she continues to provide legal research and writing related to the rights of girls of color, particularly as it relates to adultification bias, the criminalization of girls in schools, and the issues girls face when they are sexually abused and face detention, incarceration, or other forms of criminalization as a result of that abuse.
Before law school, Kaitlyn received a bachelor’s degree with distinction in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder where she focused on international human rights, civil rights, politics, and public policy.