American-born Israeli attorney Allegra Pacheco works on the front lines of an intense human rights struggle. As the first Israeli-Jewish attorney to open a law office in the Palestinian autonomous area, she defends Palestinians in Israeli courts against house demolitions, land confiscations, torture, and illegal detentions. Her litigation experience includes winning an Israeli Supreme Court case in 1999 banning certain torture methods in Israel. Pacheco is a member of the Israeli Bar, the New York State Bar, and the US Federal Second District. In 1998, Amnesty International selected her as one of its 300 human rights defenders worldwide.
While at Radcliffe, Pacheco will work on her book “The Seven Lean Years: One Jewish Lawyer’s Struggle for Palestinian Human Rights in Israel and the Occupied Territories During the Oslo Peace Process.” She will use her personal and professional experiences to describe what the peace process meant for Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories.
Pacheco received her JD from Columbia Law School. From 1996 to 1997, she was a staff attorney for LAW-Palestininan Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment. She also served as the official attorney for the Palestinian Prisoner Society.