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Ana Linares Montoya

Researcher, Health and Human Rights Program

Human Rights Center


Ana Linares Montoya (she/ella) is a Researcher for the Health & Human Rights Program. In partnership with the City of San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women and the Safety, Opportunity, and Lifelong Relationships (SF SOL) Collaborative, Ana is conducting the evaluation of a groundbreaking intervention, a family-based foster care model, for San Francisco foster youth who have experienced or are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation. Through her Spanish translations and interpretations of various multimedia items, the Family and Me (FAM) program has been able to enroll and support monolingual Spanish-speaking families for the first time since the program’s inception. Ana is also a Legal Assistant and Vaccine Empowerment and Education in Detention (VEED) Coordinator at the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice, a non-profit legal organization that utilizes coordination, advocacy, and legal services to fight for the liberation of immigrants in detention in California. Prior to her current work with HRC, she worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Center and served as a representative to HRC’s longtime Salvadorian partner Asociación Pro Búsqueda, which specializes in the DNA reunification of families separated across borders by the civil war. As a student, Ana joined the Human Rights Center’s Investigations Lab, where she gathered evidence to help end Title 42, which was presented in reports and an amicus brief at the Supreme Court by Human Rights First. Among these projects, she published a report on the lives of 13 Indigenous leaders and emerging regions of risk in Brazil in collaboration with the UC Digital Investigations Network. Ana holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Human Rights Interdisciplinary from the University of California, Berkeley.