Cathy Albisa

Cathy Albisa is executive director of the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), and a constitutional and human rights lawyer with a background in health advocacy. She also has significant experience working in partnership with community organizers on the use of human rights standards to strengthen advocacy in the United States. Albisa cofounded NESRI with Sharda Sekaran and Liz Sullivan in order to build legitimacy for human rights in general—and economic and social rights in particular—in the United States. She is committed to a community-centered and participatory human-rights approach that is locally anchored but universal and global in its vision.