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Mary Ellison



Mary C. Ellison is a Staff Attorney in the Women’s Human Rights program at The Advocates for Human Rights. She received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in June 2007. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota. Mary graduated cum laude from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Family Studies with a concentration in Women's Studies. She also earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Colorado State University. Since joining the Women’s Human Rights Program, Mary co-authored the “Sex Trafficking Needs Assessment for the State of Minnesota;” assisted Cheryl Thomas and Aviva Breen in conducting two days of meetings in Yerevan, Armenia in June 2008 on “Advocacy and Lobbying for a Domestic Violence Law in Armenia;” advocated for and passed amendments to Minnesota’s Sex Trafficking Law in May 2009; and visited Astana, Kazakhstan to deliver a presentation entitled “Best Practices in Legal Reform on Domestic Violence” in June 2009; among other accomplishments. Mary is the 2009 recipient of the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project “Journey of Hope” attorney award in recognition of her outstanding work promoting women’s rights and working for systems change. The Advocates for Human Rights helps individuals fully realize their human rights in the United States and around the world. For over 25 years, The Advocates’ innovative programming has touched the lives of refugees and immigrants, women, ethnic and religious minorities, children, and other marginalized communities whose rights are at risk. The Advocates strengthens accountability mechanisms, raises awareness, and fosters tolerance. Adapting traditional human rights methodologies to conduct cutting-edge research, The Advocates has produced 75 reports documenting human rights practices in 25 countries.

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