Ms. Emerita Torres
Emerita Torres is the Director of Programs and Research at The
Soufan Center. She has over a decade of experience as a U.S.
Foreign Service Officer, where she developed and coordinated
U.S. foreign policy on counterterrorism, conflict prevention,
human rights and transnational organized crime.
Her diplomatic tours include Brazil, Pakistan, Colombia,
Washington D.C. and most recently the United Nations,
where she led efforts to draft and negotiate key UN resolutions
on counterterrorism and sanctions, including addressing returning
and relocating foreign terrorist fighters. Emerita’s proudest
achievements over her diplomatic career were lifting up
marginalized voices during Colombia’s peace process,
advocating for international workers rights, supporting
Afghanistan’s peace process, and promoting rehabilitation
and reintegration efforts for terrorists and victims at the
United Nations. Emerita has received numerous State Department
awards for her service. She has a Master in Public Policy from
the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University. Emerita is also an Aspen Security Fellow and a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations, and gives her spare time to several community development organizations and causes in her native New York City.
Director of Research and Programs, The Soufan Center, United States
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