About the Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration


The Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration bridges research, policy, and practice to improve evidence-based response to serious human rights abuses.


The Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration is a new Center at Washington University’s Institute for Public Health and will officially launch in 2020. More information regarding launch events and registration coming soon.

why human rights, gender and migration?

Human rights violations and forced displacement affect millions of individuals around the globe. Failure to account for gendered aspects of violence in these contexts is systemic.

The Center will provide a platform for WashU faculty and students to address critical issues at the intersection of human rights, gender, and migration by strengthening our collaborations and impact on practice and policy.

Key issue areas might include, for example, gender-based violence in refugee settings, discrimination against LGBTQI persons, or the legal rights of detained migrants or survivors of wartime sexual violence.


We will establish a cross-campus workshop and global platform for faculty and student scholarship on intersecting issues of human rights, gender, migration, and international justice.

We will create a campus-wide “collaboration lab” for faculty and students to identify urgent knowledge gaps and develop transdisciplinary research approaches and technical assistance projects.

We will convene leading researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to facilitate knowledge exchange and strengthen regional and disciplinary networks.

We will promote WashU faculty and student engagement in human rights in various ways, including through events, trainings, teaching collaborations, and technical support.

We will facilitate direct WashU engagement with immigrant and refugee service providers in the St. Louis area.


Center Director: Kim Thuy Seelinger, JD
Research Associate Professor, Brown School; Visiting Professor, School of Law

Graduate Student Researcher:
Rocky Esposito
School of Law, JD Class of 2020

Student Administrative Intern:
Nydia Monroy

Majoring in Latin American Studies
Center Manager, Lead Researcher:
Julia Uyttewaal, MA

Student Administrative Intern: Matthew Ho

Majoring in Anthropology: Global Health and Environment



Mailing Address:
Campus Box 1196
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130

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