Lorena Rivas is a Doctoral Candidate at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, and associated with the Griffith Criminology Institute. She attained a double degree in Psychological Science and Criminology and Criminal Justice and was awarded First Class Honours in Criminology and Criminal Justice for her dissertation that investigated the impact of long-term immigration detention on women detainees' mental health and human rights. Building on this, Lorena's doctoral thesis is taking a wider scope to investigate the impact of long-term immigration detention on the physical, mental and social well-being of women detainees. In addition to the area of immigration detention. 

Lorena also has research experience in the areas of international crimes, transitional justice and atrocity crimes, particularly in Latin America. In addition, Lorena  worked as one of the Griffith Criminology HDR representatives and one of the Criminology Undergraduate Research Internship Program (CURIP) Coordinators. She also has experience teaching a number of undergraduate courses including Counter-Terrorism Law and Criminology Skills.