Paloma Castillo

Paloma Castillo


Paloma Castillo is a sophomore at Columbia University, expecting to graduate in May, 2021, double-majoring in Psychology and Political Science (with a primary focus on International Relations). She hopes to study international or humanitarian law upon graduation, and work at NGOs or other international organizations to ameliorate humanitarian crises. She is currently the New York Intern for C-FAM, where she is learning tremendously about the incorporation of abortion into the international human rights dialogue, and gets the opportunity to follow UN meetings. Paloma’s family is originally from Spain, but moved to Texas before she was born, and then to New York when she was 10, where she has lived ever since. Some of her hobbies include traveling, participating in her parish activities, staying physically active, and volunteering – in fact, she just returned from a service trip in Nepal, where she and a team of other Columbia students broke ground on a school in a small, rural village. Most importantly, she enjoys spending time with her big family – she is the youngest of nine children, and has 12 nieces and nephews (and more on the way)!


“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“And now here is my secret, a very simply secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.” – Viktor E. Franks, Man’s Search for Meaning


Remembering Rwanda: 25 Years After the Genocide

Last month marked 25 years since the Rwandan Genocide, during which 250,000 to 500,000 Tutsi women were raped and close to one million Rwandans were killed over the course of 100 days. Different governmental and international organizations hosted events to commemorate the atrocity, in addition to the somber yet beautiful ceremonies held in Rwanda. The […]

Paloma Castillo | May 7, 2019


ISIS: Transformed, Not Defeated

In recent months, there have been great victories against ISIS in the Middle East – the most notable being that the Islamic State has officially lost all its territory in Syria and Iraq. However, the fact that the recent Sri Lankan Easter bombings have been claimed by a local group – the National Thowheeth Jama’ath […]

Paloma Castillo | May 2, 2019

Population Control

Compensation for Japan’s Forced Sterilization: Too Little, Too Late

Japan’s Parliament has agreed to provide compensation – about $28,600 per victim – to those that were forcibly sterilized under the country’s 1948 Eugenics Protection Law (EPL). Under the EPL, which was in effect from 1948 until 1996, 25,000 people were sterilized, and over 16,000 of them were performed without consent (Rich & Inoue, NYT). […]

Paloma Castillo | April 28, 2019


OPINION: On Religious Persecution and Tolerance

This Easter has been a bittersweet one. The all-night vigil I participated in at my parish was powerful – through the words, songs, and testimonies given, I truly saw Christ as victorious over death. There was a collective joy – a shared gratitude – at having experienced light in darkness, meaning in our own individual […]

Paloma Castillo | April 22, 2019


Brunei’s New Penal Code and the Misunderstanding of Homosexuality

Last week, social media and news outlets exploded with outrage over Brunei’s Syariah (Sharia) Penal Code Order (SPCO). Under the authority of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, this code was first introduced in October of 2013, but was not fully implemented until this April 3rd. Among other provisions, the code deems gay sex and adultery punishable by […]

Paloma Castillo | April 11, 2019


Declining Birth Rates Among Hispanic-Americans

In 2018, the United States population increased by a mere 0.62 percent, the least it’s grown in 80 years. Typically, birth rates have fluctuated with the economy, but despite recent economic growth, the downwards child-bearing trend continues. The birth rate decline among hispanic women has been particularly drastic, dropping by 31 percent from 2007 to […]

Paloma Castillo | March 8, 2019


The Left Discusses the Dangers of Transgenderism (Part 2)

Julia Beck, writer and former member of the Law and Policy Committee of Baltimore City’s LGBTQ Commission, was one of the panelists at the event called “The Inequality of the Equality Act: Concerns from the Left,” hosted by the Heritage Foundation on January 28, 2019. Part one explained her frustration with the degradation of gender […]

Paloma Castillo | February 28, 2019


The Left Discusses the Dangers of Transgenderism (Part 1)

The issue of gender and its supposed fluidity has exploded in recent years, and is becoming more and more prevalent. The Equality Act is a bill in congress that, if passed, would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include gender identity as a distinct protected class from discrimination. Kara Dansky, a lawyer who […]

Paloma Castillo | February 22, 2019