Executive Director – International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law

Barbara Mitchell is the Executive Director of the International Action Network for Gender Equity and Law (IANGEL).  Barbara has dedicated her legal career to advancing the rights of women in the U.S. and globally.  From 2007 – 2015 she was the Executive Director of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center in Cambridge, MA, a non-profit that provides free legal services and affordable psychological counseling to low-income individuals, many of whom are women survivors of gender-based violence.  Prior to that, she worked as a family law lawyer and manager for more than 20 years at Greater Boston Legal Services where her practice focused on representing domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and improving the legal framework to better protect women and girls.

Barbara took over leadership at IANGEL in July 2017 upon returning from 18 months in Myanmar where her work focused on expanding access to justice for women.  She has worked on women’s rights issues and lived in diverse cultures, including Tanzania, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Mexico.  She was recognized as a Top Woman of Law in 2013 and received the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award from the Boston Bar Association in 2015.  Barbara has a JD degree from Boston University Law School and a LLM from Harvard Law School where she wrote her master’s paper on Improving the Status of Women through Law Reform.