Sandy Acosta Cox
Sandy Acosta Cox is a congressional and legislative affairs specialist at the IAF. Early in her career, Sandy worked in the U.S. House of Representatives focusing on human rights issues, under the direction of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen while the congresswoman was chair of the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights. From there, she went on to implement democracy promotion and civil society strengthening programs in Cuba sponsored by various public and private organizations. Her expertise lies in the implementation of organizational capacity-building programs empowering community-based social service providers to develop local sustainable support structures within remote and closed societies. Her work has focused on marginalized communities, such as religious minorities, rural women, persons with disabilities, those living with HIV/AIDS, and LGBTI. Sandy has also managed advocacy efforts on behalf of such programs before the U.S. Congress and foreign governments, as well as the Inter American Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council. Sandy is fluent in Spanish and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations, and a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. She earned a master’s degree in International Affairs from American University, where her thesis focused on contentious politics and social movement structures. She also holds a certificate in the advanced study of nonviolent conflict from the Fletcher Summer Institute at Tufts University.