Albertina Almeida is a lawyer, human rights activist and independent researcher. She has co-founded several rights initiatives and groups interrogating ‘development’. She holds a Ph.D in law, has taught at the local Law college and at the Goa University, and is a member of the Board of Studies of the Department of Women’s Studies. She is also a legal consultant to various organizations working on gender and child rights issues, migrant concerns, transgender rights, and human rights. She has been a part of the Family Law Review Committee constituted by the Government of Goa. She is a co-Focal Point of the Feminist Legal Programme of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development.