Theresa Dykoschak, Staff Attorney, Women’s Human Rights Program


Theresa Dykoschak has extensive experience in the implementation of domestic violence laws, especially in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and specializes in the international and regional legal frameworks on violence against women. She regularly reports on and advocates to UN human rights mechanisms on violence against women issues from around the world. She has co-authored reports on violence against women; conducted fact-finding missions in Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands; provided commentary on domestic violence laws; and developed curricula and trained professionals in Eastern Europe on best practices and responses to domestic violence. She also presents locally and internationally on a variety of women’s human rights issues, manages the Women’s Human Rights Program website,, and coordinates volunteer opportunities with the organization’s pro bono partners.


Prior to joining The Advocates for Human Rights, Dykoschak was an attorney at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Minneapolis. She was a long-time volunteer with The Advocates on several projects, including leading a country team in Faegre’s partnership with The Advocates' Africa Advocacy Project. She also volunteered for the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Project, and in 2007, she conducted fact-finding interviews for The Advocates at Buduburam Camp in Ghana.

Dykoschak received her law degree cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School and received her B.S. in Languages from Georgetown University. She speaks Spanish and is admitted to practice law in Minnesota and Wisconsin.