Paulina Jimenez is a PhD student at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex. Paulina holds an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Essex (2014-2015). She is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California where she obtained her degree in Law in 2013.
Before coming to Essex, Paulina work as a criminal lawyer in Tijuana, Mexico. During her LLB she worked at the Attorney General's Office, Special Unit against Human Trafficking and Victim's Assistance in Tijuana were she interviewed and gave legal advice to victims of sexual abuse, armed robbery and human trafficking. She also contributed with the General Attorney´s Office for Human Rights in Baja California as Legal Assistant. Particularly, she worked in the Identity Program in which immigrants and recently deported individuals would be given legal assistance to obtain their identification documents. Before starting her LLM, Paulina worked with the Office of the Public Defender of the State of Baja California in their criminal law division.
Paulina has been an intern at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights where she contributed in the drafting of judgments against Colombia and Peru. Additionally she was an intern at the Center for Justice and International Law having the opportunity to help with the litigation of cases before the Inter-American System of Human Rights. Before starting her PhD she spent a brief time at the Corporación Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Justicia y Sociedad (DeJusticia) researching on the economic aspects of Transitional Process in Post-conflict countries.