My name is Adriana Maria Barba and it is my professional aspiration to work as a Child Protection Advisor for UNICEF. I was born, raised and educated in Colombia; this allowed me to develop and cultivate a strong social conscience. I always studied and followed international issues in which interventions of international organizations play a crucial role for appropriate, peaceful and fair resolution. Knowing and seeing in action that international cooperation through the legal system has the capability to affect change in such a positive way inspired me at a very early age, leading to my decision to want a career working toward the resolution of international conflicts.
I have always been clear on my intention to become a human rights working for UNICEF. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from John Jay College with a B.A. in International Criminal Justice from John Jay College. While in John Jay, I became president of the International Criminal Justice Club and a member of the United Nations Student Association (UNSA) among other student organizations. As a member of UNSA I participated in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conferences in several occasions. The NMUN are held at the UN Headquarters and university students come from all over the world to discuss international politics.
After graduating from John Jay College in New York, I was accepted to join the St. Thomas University Law School’s LL.M. Program in Human Rights in Miami. As part of this selected group I received instruction on international law, human rights law and humanitarian law from top experts in their fields. I also became symposium editor for the St. Thomas University Law School Journal of Intercultural Human Rights. I graduated with a LL.M. degree in Intercultural Human Rights in 2007. Thanks to the kind invitation of Mr. Massimo Toschi, who was the Chief Child Protection Advisor for the UN- MINUSTAH, I traveled to Port au Prince in October 2008. The purpose of the visit was to research how the violations and the situation of children affected/associated with armed groups in Colombia and Haiti match relevant international law, Paris Principles and Security Council Resolutions on Children Affected by Armed Conflict (CAAC). The opportunity to see the United Nations in action further inspired me to continuing pursuing my goal.
In South Florida, I have been able to flourish professionally. I am part of several young professional and volunteer organizations and I was elected to serve as ’09 President of The Coconut Grove Jaycees. I am currently attending law school at Nova Southeastern in order to obtain my Juris Doctorate degree. I am very excited to be working towards the last step in my academic path. During the Summer of 2010, I participated in the UN Intensive Summer Study program in which I attended official UN sessions and had direct interaction with UN officials and practitioners. After the completion of this study, I received a certification from the Whitehead School of Diplomacy at Setton Hall University on International Relations and Diplomacy.