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Erika Asgeirsson

Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow

Erika Asgeirsson is the current Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow and works with the Countering Antisemitism and Extremism team. In this capacity, Erika supports Human Rights First in raising awareness on growing antisemitism and the threats posed by far-right extremist groups in Europe. Her work includes conducting research and analysis, coalition-building, and advocating for U.S. officials to lead the way on issues of human rights as they interact with their European counterparts.

Erika earned her law degree at New York University School of Law. While at NYU Law, she participated in various human rights projects focusing on anti-trafficking, women’s human rights, and human rights-based approaches to health. She also served as a research assistant for the American Journal of International Law and as a Senior Articles Editor for the N.Y.U. Review of Law and Social Change.

Before attending law school, Erika was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, where she worked with a rural health clinic promoting health education. She received her B.A. in History from George Washington University.

Featured Work

June 23, 2017
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May 19, 2017
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April 10, 2017
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