Emilia Pierce is a Democracy Fellow in ICNL’s U.S. program focused on protecting civic space in the United States. Her work focuses particularly on the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), the legal environment for protest, and the Freedom of Assembly.
Prior to joining ICNL, Emilia worked on a range of community development and post-conflict issues with grassroots civil society organizations in Cambodia, Uganda, and Nigeria. Her work focused on land rights, small-holder farming, gender-based violence, human rights education, and access to justice for communities affected by violence and upheaval. These experiences instilled in Emilia a deep belief in the power of civil society and the importance of empowering local activists to enact their vision for healthy communities and a more just, equitable world. Emilia then went to work for the United Service Organizations (USO) on military bases in Kuwait and Afghanistan before moving back to the United States for law school. During her time in law school, Emilia worked as a legal clerk for the FARA Unit of the National Security Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice and as a legal fellow for the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) in their U.S. program.
Emilia is a Global Law Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center and will graduate with her Juris Doctor in May of 2021. She received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and she lives in Virginia with her husband, three kids, and large dogs.