María Elizonso is a research assistant affiliated with the Kellogg Institute's Notre Dame Violence and Transitional Justice Lab (V-TJLab).
She received her law degree from the University of Monterrey in 2017, graduating magna cum laude. She represented her university at the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court and Sergio García Ramírez competitions. During law school, she volunteered at Nuevo León's Human Rights Commission and then served at the NGO Documenta working with people with disabilities in the criminal justice system. Afterward, she worked as a legal intern with Renace, improving the penitentiary system. Elizondo volunteered at and coordinated the Young Altruists Thinking program in Mexico, where she offered legal aid to disadvantaged communities and served as a volunteer high school teacher. Before coming to Notre Dame, Elizondo worked at Ciudadanos en Apoyo a los Derechos Humanos (CADHAC) accompanying families and victims of enforced disappearance and other gross human rights violations in Nuevo León and Tamaulipas.