Jorge Escobedo

Jorge serves as Pro Bono Manager at Covington & Burling, LLP. He manages the firm’s Kurt Wimmer Media Freedom Pro Bono Initiative, which aims to protect and advance media freedom and the safety of journalists around the world through pro bono legal work. The Wimmer Initiative routinely advises nonprofit newsrooms on editorial and operational legal issues. Jorge previously served as Director of Pro Bono Partnerships at the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice within the New York City Bar Association. In this role, he was responsible for managing the Vance Center’s partnerships with law firms, pro bono clearinghouses, and other legal institutions worldwide. Jorge co-managed the Pro Bono Network of the Americas (Red Pro Bono de las Américas), which aims to foster collaboration among national pro bono clearinghouses in Latin America in order to institutionalize pro bono practice in the region. Jorge also co-founded and led the Keep Families Together (KFT) initiative. Jorge launched his career at Shearman & Sterling, LLP, where he served as the firm’s Pro Bono Specialist. In 2010 and 2012, he was honored by inMotion (now HerJustice), a leading non-profit organization serving immigrant women and children, with the “Commitment to Justice” Award. He holds an M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University and a B.A. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, where he was a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) and a grant recipient of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Jorge was a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from 2014 to 2017.