Claret Vargas

Lecturer

Claret Vargas is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability, a U.S.-based legal non-profit organization that works with impacted communities to seek redress and legal accountability for human rights violations. CJA’s work focuses on building and litigating civil suits in the U.S. for victims of foreign atrocity crimes against perpetrators from numerous countries (e.g., ArgentinaColombiaChile) and with local human rights groups to support them in their own accountability efforts.  Claret litigates in U.S. federal courts, principally using the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA), and collaborates with local partners to document atrocities in conflict zones. She previously served as director of research at MSI Integrity and as director of internationalization at Dejusticia, a Colombia-based human rights non-profit organization. She also served as executive director at Stanford Law School’s Human Rights Center, focused on human rights practice and the Inter-American Human Rights System, and, while living in Massachusetts, was an employee-side class-action litigator and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  

Claret co-authored the first English-language casebook on the Inter-American System and teaches a course on the doctrine and practice of the Inter-American System at the Center for Latin American Studies. Before her career in law, she was a professor of Latin American literature.