Rachael Reilly, Senior Advocacy Coordinator

Rachael Reilly, the Global Detention Project’s Senior Advocacy Coordinator,¬† is a committed refugee and migrant rights expert with more than 30 years of experience in global refugee, migration, and human rights advocacy and policy. She was the founding Refugee Policy Director at Human Rights Watch and set up the organisation’s refugee programme. As Geneva Representative for the Women’s Refugee Commission, Rachael spearheaded several major projects, including the organisation’s ground-breaking work on disability inclusion in humanitarian emergencies, leading the first ever Global Refugee Youth Consultations and setting up the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights. As regional advocacy director for Oxfam International, Rachael led the organisation’s advocacy on the Rohingya refugee crisis across the Asia-Pacific region. Rachael has worked with refugees and forcibly displaced communities in Sudan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. She has a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and a Masters of Science in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.