Julie Arostegui LeMaster, J.D., M.A., Principal
International Human Rights, Gender and Security Advisor
I am a passionate international human rights and gender expert with extensive experience in peace and security, rule of law, access to justice, combating gender-based violence, women’s political participation, immigrant and refugee issues, democracy and governance, and security sector reform. I serve as an international advocate, advisor, trainer, speaker, researcher, and writer for the civil society, political, security, and justice sectors.
As an international consultant and advocate I work with domestic groups globally to build local capacity, strengthen institutions, create legal frameworks, build awareness, and share global best practices.
I also work with U.S. Members of Congress, federal agencies, and the United Nations to ensure that women and gender perspectives are included in diplomatic, development, and defense efforts in line with international and U.S. policy.
I am currently Senior Gender and Inclusion Advisor for Freedom House and consultant with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and other international organizations. Previously I led the Women, Peace and Security program at Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), working to empower women politically both in the U.S. and in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East and North Africa as leaders on critical issues of conflict prevention, peace building, violence against women, and national and global security. Prior to that I worked with groups in the Great Lakes region of Africa to integrate gender equality and women’s rights into post-conflict legal structures in order to further the women, peace and security framework.
I have managed programs related to gender, women’s rights, and the rule of law in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America, and have advised, trained, and published extensively on gender, women’s rights, human rights, international human rights law, women, peace and security, gender-based violence, and human trafficking, with audiences including judges, legal practitioners, law enforcement, military, government, social workers, religious and cultural leaders and civil society. I have also been a policy advisor on disability issues.
I have worked with numerous organizations including Freedom House, National Democratic Institute (NDI), U.S. Institute of Peace, Women in International Security (WIIS), One Earth Future Foundation, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), National Defense University, International Association of Women Judges, American Association of People with Disabilities, Internews, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center/Partnership for Human Freedom. I have also held adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Korbel School of International Affairs at the University of Denver.
I am an active member of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, a member of GameChangers 360, and serve on the advisory boards of several organizations.