Kathryn Hampton, MSt, MA

Kathryn Hampton manages PHR’s Asylum Program, an initiative which recruits, trains, and supports a network of clinicians to provide forensic evaluations for asylum seekers, to document violations of immigrant rights, and to advocate for human rights-based immigration policies.

She has participated in PHR investigations in the United States and Mexico and co-authored PHR reports as well as articles in peer-reviewed medical and legal journals. Her work has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the BBC, CBS, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Lancet.

Hampton has more than a decade of experience in human rights monitoring, analysis, and reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, Turkey, and Ukraine. Prior to joining PHR, she designed and implemented protection programming for displaced and conflict-affected populations with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Rescue Committee, World Vision, and the International Commission on Missing Persons.

Hampton holds an AB in comparative literature from Princeton University, an MSt in international human rights law from the University of Oxford and an MA in refugee protection and forced migration studies from the University of London. She was awarded the 2021 American Society of International Law Francis Lieber Prize for an exceptional article in the field of the law on armed conflict. She speaks Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian and is a Truman National Security fellow.

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