Vance Center Pursues Virtual Engagement with the Pro Bono Network

July 2020

The Vance Center and the Pro Bono Network of the Americas launched a series of virtual conversations with executive directors of the Network member and affiliate pro bono clearinghouses in Latin America. The live, informal discussions focused on each organization’s COVID-19 related efforts, as well as its regular pro bono work.

In July, with Director of Pro Bono Partnerships Jorge Escobedo co-leading these interviews, the series covered the Network’s partner clearinghouses in Costa Rica and Mexico. The Vance Center also had the opportunity to highlight its own COVID-19 response. Environmental Staff Attorney Nathalya Desterro and Latin America Policy Manager Jaime Chavez-Alor discussed the pandemic’s complex implications for the rule of law and human rights, as well as the preservation of the environment, across the globe.

The weekly series will continue into August with the following members and affiliates:

Interviews are broadcast via Instagram Live on @redprobono.


The Vance Center and the Network also have launched a series of virtual fireside chats. Co-facilitated by Director of Pro Bono Partnerships Jorge Escobedo, these chats will engage experts from Latin America on key topics of interest to the Network. In July, the Network welcomed Director of the Office of International Law at the Organization of American States (OAS) Dante Negro for an interview-style conversation, in which he discussed the role of the legal profession in bridging access to justice and fostering international cooperation. The next fireside chat will take place in late summer.

For more information on these virtual events, please contact Jorge Escobedo at