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Kathryn Plummer

Associate, Refugee Protection Campaign

As the Associate for Refugee Protection, Kathryn Plummer is responsible for devising, coordinating, and executing strategies influencing laws and policies impacting asylum seekers and refugees in the United States.

She supports strategic advocacy initiatives by providing research and targeted advocacy to advance the priority policy objectives of the organization, including issues of due process and access to justice.

Prior to joining Human Rights First, Kathryn worked for the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, as well as the Institute for the Study of International Migration on issues of forced migration and humanitarian relief. Previously, Kathryn interned at Refugees International and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrant.

Kathryn received an M.A. in Latin American Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Willamette University’s College of Liberal Arts. 

March 21, 2014
NPR gave us an outstanding piece yesterday. Steve Inskeep lends voice to Saraa Zewedi Yilma, a woman seeking asylum in the United States after having fled persecution in Ethiopia.  The story...
March 19, 2014
A recent op-ed in The Boston Globe discusses ways in which fraud detection measures in the U.S. asylum system are working, and outlines how the asylum system can be strengthened to protect refugees....
August 29, 2013
As Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano prepares to leave her position next month, numerous faith-based and human rights organizations are calling on her to finally...