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Marina Colby

Human RIghts Lawyer

Marina Colby is a human rights lawyer and international development professional working to advance inclusive and sustainable development practices and initiatives. Most recently, Marina served as a Democracy Fellow at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, Marina worked to advance the Agency’s Counter-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Policy and labor-related programming and policies across development sectors around the world, with a focus on Asia. This work included the promotion of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and sought alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Marina also pioneered USAID’s “Supply Unchained” initiative that worked to co-create solutions and leverage technology and partnerships to counter forced labor and promote decent work in global supply chains.

Prior to serving at USAID, Marina held a range of leadership positions, including Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at ECPAT-USA, member of ATEST (Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking), Deputy Director of the International Labor Organization’s Washington Office (a specialized agency of the United Nations), Rule of Law Liaison with the American Bar Association in Uzbekistan, Doors of Hope Program Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Policy Analyst in the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. Marina holds a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.