Peggy Healy

New York

Margaret (Peggy) Healy, USA has been a human rights advocate for nearly 40 years. As Senior Vice President for Latin America for Covenant House International, she oversees four programs for homeless and trafficked youth in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. 

She began her career in the 1970s in Nicaragua and Central America where she lived and worked as a Maryknoll Sister as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and human rights advocate for almost a decade. From 1979-1981 she worked as an associate with the Washington Office on Latin America where she worked to change US policy toward Central America. Peggy received her law degree from Fordham Law School in 1996 and later became the Program Director in their Crowley Program in International Human Rights. She taught as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School in New York for over a decade. For the past twelve years before taking her current position at Covenant House, Peggy worked around the globe with multiple NGOs as a human rights advocate and a specialist in advocacy. In April 2002, she received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Public Service Award for mental health services she provided to survivors and their families following 9/11.