P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Maria Camila Bustos, 2019

Clinical Supervisor in Human Rights Practice, University Network for Human Rights

Maria Camila Bustos is an immigrant from Colombia

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

Camila Bustos is a Clinical Supervisor in human rights practice at the University Network for Human Rights and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Human Rights at Trinity College. Camila is a graduate from Yale Law School, where she worked on immigrant rights and climate change issues. Prior to law school, she worked at Colombian-based NGO Dejusticia, where she focused on climate change displacement, business and human rights, and constraints on civil society around the world. Camila was also a plaintiff and part of a team who won a groundbreaking lawsuit against the Colombian government for failing to meet its deforestation targets.

During law school, she worked at the Center for Climate Integrity, the Climate Litigation Network and EarthRights International. Camila also co-founded Law Students for Climate Accountability, a national law student-led movement pushing the legal industry to phase out fossil fuel representation and support a just, livable future. After law school, she served as a term law clerk to Justice Steven D. Ecker of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Camila has worked as an independent consultant for the International Refugee Assistance Project and Hispanics in Philanthropy. She is a 2019 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and a 2020 Switzer Fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, the ABA Human Rights Magazine, and the first legal casebook on Earth Law. Camila holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Brown University. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

  • BA Environmental Studies, International Relations | Brown University 2016
  • JD Law | Yale University
Work History
  • University Network for Human Rights, Clinical Supervisor in Human Rights Practice | May 2022 - PRESENT
  • International Refugee Assistance Project, Independent Consultant on Climate Displacement | May 2022
  • Trinity College-Hartford, Visiting Assistant Professor of Human Rights | August 2021
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