Amaya Athill

Antigua and Barbuda

  • Program Year
  • 2017-19
  • Country of Current Residence
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • City/Town of Current Residence
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Current Position
  • Associate
  • Organization
  • Lake & Kentish
  • Profession(s)
  • Litigation, Advocacy, Consultancy

  • Sector(s)
  • Law, Non-profit / Philanthropy, Youth engagement
  • Language(s)
  • English (Native), Spanish (Beginner/Intermediate)
  • Interest(s) / Expertise
  • human rights, law, leadership, mentorship, non-profit organizations
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Impact Statement

Amaya is dedicated to demonstrating leadership through meaningful action and collaboration to push for transformative change. She is passionate about fostering youth participation in the democratic process, as the catalysts for future political progress and change, through active education and engagement.

Biography

Amaya was an Associate at the Lake & Kentish Law Firm in St. John’s, Antigua, where she specialized in civil litigation, constitutional law, and Human Rights. She actively seeks to represent people from disadvantaged and community groups at risk, specifically, prisoners, women, and individuals from the LGBTQ community. Amaya worked as an independent consultant with the Directorate of Gender Affairs on a project that serves to implement the United Nations Trust Fund Project to End Gender-Based Violence in Antigua & Barbuda, through a review of existing Gender Based and Sexual Violence (GBSV) related laws.

An avid community service volunteer, Amaya serves as the Legal Advisor to the Halo Foundation Inc. – a non-profit Organization spearheaded by the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams, and his wife, Lady Williams. Amaya also serves as the director of Youth Projects for the Rotary Club of Antigua.

A youth leader, she chaired a group of young professionals who organized and hosted the first-ever political debate between the two main political parties dubbed “The National Youth Forum”. She was also the Co-Chair of the inaugural TEDxAntigua event.

Amaya holds a Masters in Law (LL.M) with a specialization in International Legal Studies from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated as a Fulbright Scholar. Amaya holds a Bachelor’s in Law (LL.B) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (S.O.A.S.) in London, UK.

Amaya was called to the Bar of England and Wales through the Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn after successfully completing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at the University of Law in London, UK. She was then called to the Bar of Antigua and Barbuda, having successfully obtained her Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica.

Amaya was a Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders (CCELD) Fellow as well as an IMF/World Bank Civil Society Fellow.

Amaya was the recipient of the Fulbright Foreign Student Award to attend the Georgetown University Law Center for her Masters studies in Washington, D.C. She was the recipient of the Antigua and Barbuda National Youth Award for Outstanding scholarship for her performance in her master’s degree program.

 

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