Women's Link Worldwide is a small non-for-profit organization with a global perspective, but sometimes people mistake us for a large corporation with offices around the globe. In reality, we are a hard-working staff of nine attorneys and four administrative professionals who have created a new paradigm of working across time zones and borders. We also count on the expertise of an outside team of dedicated consultants.

Staff Attorney

Blakeley Decktor



"I admire Women’s Link’s commitment to fostering a global dialogue in its quest to surface and implement the most effective strategies to promote non-discrimination on the basis of gender. I am excited to be a part of a team of visionaries devoted to ensuring access to human rights for people of all genders is a reality."

Blakeley Decktor received her J.D. from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, United States in May of 2012 where she worked in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic. She holds a degree in Women and Gender Studies and International Studies from the College of New Jersey.

Prior to joining Women’s Link as a Staff Attorney, Blakeley Decktor served as a Legal Fellow at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) in New York City from 2012 to 2014. As Program Officer of Documentation and Advocacy at IGLHRC, Blakeley collaborated with grassroots organizations to bring attention to human rights violations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity at the national, regional and international levels, drafting reports for United Nations (UN) bodies and engaging UN officials to effectuate change. In the summer of 2011, Blakeley interned with Women’s Link Worldwide where she worked on implementation of precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to prevent gender-based violence in the displacement camps following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Blakeley has been engaged in activism in various capacities in issues related to gender-based violence, rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and sexual and reproductive rights.

Fellow Attorney

Evelyn Recinos



"I believe that the shift in paradigms regarding the position of women in society and at the workplace towards the establishment ofhuman rights such as, the right to decide, has lead to an evolution towards a more just society. Women's Link is an organization that uses the law and its power to create social change; I feel fortunate to work with women and men which are committed to this cause."

Evelyn is a lawyer, notary and has a Degree of Law and Social Sciences from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, with advanced studies in Gender and Criminal Justice Institute for Comparative Studies in Criminal Sciences in Guatemala (ICCPG-LASO-NUFFIC).

She served as a university professor at the University Mariano Gálvez of Guatemala for four years.

She was Trial Attorney at the Institute for Comparative Studies in Criminal Sciences in Guatemala where, she was responsible for paradigmatic cases of women prisoners nationwide. Moreover, she has served before the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights as a facilitator in training processes with justice officials: Attorney General, Judicial Branch, Office of the Public Defender and the National Civil Police.

She then, joined the Centre for Forensic and Applied Sciences as a Legal Researcher and, quickly became the Coordinator of the Applied Research in the Office of special investigation procedure on the disappearance of two young women during the internal armed conflict in Guatemala.

Since 2012, she served as Advisor to the Office of the Attorney General, Attorney General's Office where she participated in the creation of the Gender Policy for the Public Ministry of Guatemala and served as the Gender Advisor.

In July 2014, Evelyn has joined Women's Link as a Fellow Attorney in Madrid office.


Staff Attorney

Cristina Rosero Arteaga



"Working at Women's Link Worldwide is an opportunity for profound growth, both personally and professionally, and it provides me with the satisfaction of contributing to women’s and girls’ rights around the world. It has taught me innovative legal tools and strategies to translate legal research into tangible social impact, with the guidance of a team of great people and great professionals."

Cristina received her law degree from the University of Nariño (Pasto, Colombia). She is a specialist in Social-Legal Institutions from the National University of Colombia. She has also served as Coordinator for the Center for Social-Legal Research of the Institución Universitaria Cesmag (Pasto), and as Director of the Center for Social-Legal Research and Dean of the Law School at the Cooperative University of Colombia at Pasto.

In addition, she is a member of the La Minga research group (Colciencias Category B), and has lectured and published on constitutional and gender justice issues. She joined Women's Link in July 2014.


Development Officer

McKensey Smith



"As a staff member at Women’s Link Worldwide, I get to be a part of a team of fearless activists who are making real change in the lives of women and girls. I feel so lucky to help this dynamic organization grow and to connect people with the important work they are doing. I have the privilege of helping to build a community of supporters who love Women’s Link and are deeply committed to human rights, justice and equality".

McKensey Smith is the Development Officer at Women’s Link Worldwide. In her role, McKensey manages the organization’s efforts to grow its strong base of institutional and individual donors. She works closely with the legal team in proposal development and evaluation of programs, and with the communications team to facilitate outreach and donor engagement.

McKensey also was Project Design Coordinator at International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, where she worked with the Programs team to conceptualize strategies and best communicate IPPF/WHR's work to a broad range of audiences. McKensey also serves on the volunteer New York Steering Committee for Spark, a non-profit that engages Millennials in philanthropy to support women and girls.

Prior to joining Women’s Link, she oversaw fundraising and communications for the Third Wave Foundation as its External Relations Director. She also served as Director of Operations at the Global Justice Center.

McKensey holds a bachelors degree in International Relations and Spanish from New York University. She currently resides in New York City.


Communications and Outreach Officer

Cristina Sánchez Velázquez



“Since I first discovered Women’s Link, I thought that I’d love to form part of their personnel because it is really different from the rest of the organizations that I have worked for or that I know of.  Its capacity to grow, its innovation, the opportunities it offers to those of us who begin to work, the strategic vision for justice in its lines of work and spaces to reflect and create new projects are just some of the reasons which make this dynamic organization unique.”

Cristina has a degree in Library Science and Documentation from the University of Carlos III, Madrid and has taken numerous courses on Gender and Human Rights. In her work, she specializes in migration and women’s rights.

She has worked as a foreign aid worker in Jutiapa, Honduras in community development projects with rural women giving basic education on gender issues. In Spain she was the coordinator of a Women's Support Center of the City of Madrid and volunteered with the ELÍN Association, giving direct assistance to Sub-Saharan migrant women in Morocco and Mauritania. She has more recently participated in the drafting of reports presented before international organizations such as the Committee against Torture and the UNCHR, which highlight the violation of fundamental rights suffered by the refugee and migrant population in Morocco.

She is a volunteer with the Colectivo Caminando Fronteras, which gives direct assistance to Sub-Saharan women who are victims of human trafficking in Morocco. She has been on various trips with this organization, which defends migrant rights. She currently resides in Madrid.



Communications and Outreach Officer

Carolina Dueñas Orozco



“After years of knowing and working externally with Women’s Link I am happy to now be a staff member and apply my knowledge in the organization. But above this, I am proud to work for an organization that facilitates that I can be a working mother: that is coherence between the reproductive rights speech and reality!”

Master’s degree in Political Studies from Javeriana University (Bogotá, Colombia) and Social Communicator-Journalist degree from the same University. Carolina has worked in both in the fields of journalism and communications.

As journalist she has worked for the weekly magazines Jet-Set and Semana. She served as editor of the web page Conexión Colombia and was reporter for the web Calle22.com. In communications she has worked for the multinational Marsterller Colombia and more recently for Brújula Cominicaciones, where she gained her expertise in strategic communications for civil society organizations.

Director of Finance and Administration-Bogotá

Carlos Borráez



“Given that Women’s Link is a growing organization, it is the ideal place for profesional development. It allows you to form part of a great team and share a fantastic atmosphere in in the workplace. At the same time, it also strips you of any socio-cultural prejudices which you might have and gives you the satisfaction of supporting the development of a more just and equal world.”

Carlos holds a degree in Finance, Government and International Relations from the External University, Colombia and a specialisation in Corporate Social Responsibility, from the same university. Before taking up the post as administrative director of the Colombia office of Women’s Link Worldwide, he worked for 5 years as the financial and administrative coordinator of Tejido Humano, an NGO in Colombia which supports victims of violence. Carlos has also worked with the Presidential Agency for Social Action and International Cooperation, a Government agency, where he was the Supervisor of the program ‘Food Security Network’. He currently resides in Bogota.

Director of Finance and Administration-Madrid

Tatiana Marón Criado



“Seeing the work that Women’s Link does opened my eyes to many realities that, as a woman, I can’t ignore. It gives me the chance to feel like part of a very important project. I am very proud to be part of this team I admire so much and learn so much from, not just because of their professionalism, but because of their humanity.”

Tatiana holds a degree in business administration from Madrid’s CEU Luis Vives University. After graduating, she specialized in marketing and public relations.

She worked as a financial counselor in a major Spanish banking institution for six years. Her concerns about the importance and need for social change led her to a new professional path.