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Karen Musalo

Professor and Bank of America Chair in International Law; Founding Director, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

Created the first and only free expert witness referral for those representing asylum seekers.

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Focal areas

Refugee and asylum law; human rights; gender equality; legal and social issues in Central America.

Scholarly engagement

Key expert witness in a successful refugee-rights case in Canada challenging the designation of the U.S. as a “safe country” for asylum seekers.

Favorite project you’ve spearheaded

Creating the first—and only—free expert witness referral for nonprofits, pro bono attorneys, and others representing asylum

Outside partnership

Partnering with women rights activists in El Salvador and Guatemala to document human-rights conditions and support women’s claims for refugee protection in the U.S.



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