Kathryn Striffolino

Kathryn Striffolino has worked in international human rights and humanitarian affairs for the past eleven years focusing on civilian protection, human rights and mass atrocity crime documentation, and humanitarian response in conflict settings. She currently serves as Senior Manager for Humanitarian Practice at InterAction, the largest US-based alliance for humanitarian and development NGOs. In her current role, she facilitates field research, analysis and collective action to support humanitarian response operations and policy in nearly every ongoing response around the world.

Prior to joining InterAction in December of 2017, Kathryn held research and advocacy positions for Amnesty International and Physicians for Human Rights, as well as the International Rescue Committee and Save the Children. She has been based in Mexico, Washington DC, London and Turkey/Syria with frequent travel to conflict and emergency settings worldwide. While at Amnesty International, her team was responsible for leveraging scientific progress to better document human rights abuses in conflict situations and repressive environs- notably working to pilot the use of Geo-Spatial and mobile technology for mass atrocity crime prevention, documentation and accountability. While at Physicians for Human Rights, she led policy and advocacy efforts from Washington DC on behalf of the organization and was regularly called on to brief senior US and UN officials while refining the organization’s methodology to document attacks against healthcare in conflict.

Transitioning to the humanitarian sector, Kathryn was based in Turkey and Syria for the International Rescue Committee leading field research on protection issues and conducting advocacy on behalf of conflict affected populations. She closed out her time with the IRC in London where she spent 6 months as a Senior Policy Advisor integrating humanitarian operational technical expertise into IRC’s European policy and advocacy program and led collective INGO advocacy with the British government on Syria, Iraq and Yemen. She returned to Washington DC in 2017, where she assumed an advisory role for Save the Children leading on policy and advocacy initiatives related to the protection of children in armed conflict settings around the world.

Kathryn is a native English speaker and speaks Spanish as well as beginning Arabic and Turkish. She holds degrees in Political Science and International Relations from the University of New Hampshire in the USA, a certificate in Political Economy from the University of Barcelona, and is currently getting her Masters at the University of London focusing on forced migration law. 

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Title: 
Senior Manager, Humanitarian Practice
Department: 
Humanitarian Policy & Practice