Beatríz R. Menanteau is a Staff Attorney with the Women’s Human Rights Program. Prior to joining The Advocates, Beatríz practiced general corporate litigation as an Associate at the law firm of Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand, LLP in Minneapolis. She previously clerked for the Honorable Franklin L. Noel, Magistrate Judge, District of Minnesota and the Honorable Susan R. Nelson, Magistrate Judge, District of Minnesota.
Beatríz assisted in advocating for amendments to Minnesota’s Sex Trafficking Law which passed in May 2009, and aided efforts to draft and pass Minnesota’s Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act in 2011. She has conducted numerous trainings on sex trafficking and organized Minnesota’s first training for local prosecutors on Minnesota’s sex trafficking law. She has also presented at international workshops on the subject of domestic violence legal reform and representation of victims, including a three-day training in The Republic of Georgia on “Effective Advocacy and Legal Representation of Domestic Violence Victims under the Georgian law on Domestic Violence” and a three-day workshop in Istanbul, Turkey on "Monitoring Strategies for Domestic Violence Laws."
Beatríz is currently president of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and is an assembly member of the Minnesota State Bar Association. In 2009, she was a recipient of the “25 on the Rise” Leadership Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota.
She interned with the human rights organization PROVEA in Caracas, Venezuela, as an Upper Midwest International Human Rights Fellow. She has also volunteered with the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, assisting clients in naturalization applications. She received her law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2003. She is admitted to practice before Minnesota state and federal courts. Born in Chile, Beatríz graduated with the highest honors from the University of Minnesota with a double major in psychology and women’s studies.
Forced and early marriage in Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union Countries, UN Division for the Advancement of Women Expert Group Meeting (2009). Written by Cheryl Thomas and Beatríz Menanteau
"Sex Trafficking in Minnesota: Defining it and changing our peceptions," Minnesota Women’s Press (August 2011).