Upasana has been working at ERI since 2014, when she started as a Bertha Legal Fellow in the D.C. office. In addition to her work arising out of the Amazon and other parts of South America, she is counsel on Kiobel v. Cravath and has been heavily involved in Doe v. Chiquita Brands and related litigation. On the Amazon team, her work focuses primarily on the rights of indigenous and rural peoples in the context of state-sponsored and private development projects, including national parks, which pose threats both to the environment and basic human rights. She is currently practicing in both U.S. federal courts and within the Inter-American human rights system.
Upasana graduated from the American University Washington College of Law in 2014, and holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Davidson College. During law school, Upasana interned with the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), assisting projects falling within the nexus of environmental protection and international human rights law. Upasana also spent a summer in South Africa, where she assisted an ongoing class action against thirty major gold mining companies filed on behalf of workers who contracted terminal illnesses from hazardous work conditions. As a student attorney at her law school’s international human rights law clinic, she represented clients in immigration court and within the Inter-American system on matters of political asylum, capital punishment, and indigenous rights. She speaks English, Nepali, Spanish, and some Portuguese.
Admitted only in New York. Practice limited to federal courts; supervised by Marco Simons, member of the DC Bar.