Miami-Dade County

UM associate professor appointed White House advisor on violence against women

The founder and director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law will be the new White House Advisor on Violence Against Women.

Caroline Bettinger-Lopez is the second person to serve in the role, which focuses on domestic violence and sexual assault issues. She will follow Lynn Rosenthal, who left earlier this year to become the vice president of strategic partnerships at the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Bettinger-Lopez has long been an advocate for gender equality and human rights.

In the position, Bettinger-Lopez will work with domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy communities and collaborate with federal agencies to address violence against women and girls. She’ll also lead new initiatives to fight sexual assault and domestic violence.

She works as an associate professor of clinical legal education at the UM Human Rights Clinic. She has also worked as a litigator and has experience with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“Throughout her career, Carrie has made clear that the most basic of human rights is freedom from violence,” Vice President Joe Biden said in a news release. “I am honored that she will be joining my staff to continue the work we began with the Violence Against Women Act, and I know she will be a strong voice for women everywhere who continue to suffer from sexual assault and domestic violence in the worst prison on earth — the four walls of their own home.”