Ashley Portillo is a Master of International Affairs candidate in Human Rights and International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. A former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, she taught English and implemented literacy programs in Bataan and Northern Samar, Philippines, and now serves as a Senior Fellow at Humanity in Action with a research focus on migrants and refugees. In addition to her role as the Departmental Research Assistant at ILAS, she works as the Program Assistant for the Academy of Medical and Public Health Services in Brooklyn and finds great purpose in helping the neighborhood’s largely immigrant residents learn about their rights to healthcare access. She also interns for the UNFPA and writes training material for the South-South Cooperation learning course.  Ashley was born and raised in Orange County, California and received a B.A. in both Latin American studies and International Relations at UC San Diego.