Julie Leftwich, Esq.
Executive Director 
and Co-Founder

Julie Arostegui Leftwich is a passionate human rights lawyer who has extensive experience with immigrant and refugee issues. She has worked locally, nationally, and globally to advance human rights and gender equality, especially in conflict affected countries, and has a deep understanding of the issues facing these communities. In addition to her duties as Executive Director, she represents women seeking asylum from gender violence in affirmative (non-court) proceedings.  

Julie has worked with many nonprofit organizations including Freedom House, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), Women in International Security (WIIS), One Earth Future Foundation, and the International Association of Women Judges, and locally with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, End Slavery Cincinnati, and the World Affairs Council.

Julie is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and previously held faculty appointments with the University of Denver and University of Colorado Boulder. Her teaching focuses on human rights, women, peace and security, and refugee and asylum law. 

Julie has managed programs in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa, and has advised, trained, and published extensively on gender, women’s rights, human rights, migration, women, peace and security, gender-based violence, and human trafficking.

Julie is a graduate of Brandeis University. She received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and Master in International Relations and Communication from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. She is fluent in Spanish and has reading knowledge of French.