Denisse Córdova Montes
Denisse Córdova Montes was recently elected to the International Board of FIAN International, an international human rights organization with headquarters in Germany. This is a 3-year position with the possibility of being elected two more times. FIAN’s mission is to expose violations of people's right to food wherever they may occur. They stand up against unjust and oppressive practices that prevent people from feeding themselves. The struggle against gender discrimination and other forms of exclusion is integral part of their mission.
Denisse Córdova Montes is Acting Associate Director in the Human Rights Clinic at Miami Law. From 2012 to 2018, Córdova Montes was based in Germany, where she coordinated the Gender and Women’s Rights Program at FIAN International, an international human rights organization that promotes and defends the right to food. At FIAN, she oversaw human rights fact-finding and advocacy in Africa, Asia, and Latin America around rural, peasant, and Indigenous women’s rights. She also supported social movements’ lobbying with the United Nations in Geneva, New York, and Rome in cases concerning access to land, water, adequate nutrition, and decent working conditions as well as in global standard setting processes, particularly concerning rural women's right to food.
Prior to her legal career, Córdova Montes conducted public health research and advocacy on access to sexual and reproductive health services for low-income and Latina women post-health care reform in Massachusetts.