Cristina Quijano graduated summa cum laude from Universidad San Francisco de Quito in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and minors in political science and philosophy. As an undergraduate, she interned at the Embassy of Ecuador and at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.  During her time at Universidad San Francisco de Quito and Georgetown University, she focused on human rights, international security, and international law from a multidisciplinary perspective. She also participated in the student government and student organizations organizing conferences and in human rights activism. Following graduation, Cristina moved to the border between Ecuador and Colombia, home to one of the largest refugee populations in the region, to work as a UNHCR consultant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she concentrated her efforts on improving processes for refugee status determination in Ecuador. With the deterioration of the Venezuela humanitarian emergency, she transferred to UNHCR’s protection team in Quito. With the objective of helping guarantee refugees rights in Ecuador, she worked in community-based protection initiatives, individual case management, as well as providing technical advice to partner agencies and public institutions regarding specific protection needs.  At Yale, Cristina plans to study the intersection between human rights, conflict and international law with a focus on refugees and forced migration. Upon graduation, she aims to continue to work in the human rights and humanitarian affairs field.