FRANCISCA VIGAUD-WALSH, SENIOR ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS
Francisca Vigaud-Walsh joined Refugees International (RI) in July 2015. She came to RI from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) where she last served as the organization’s researcher for the Central African Republic. Prior to that, she served as the IRC’s most senior policy and advocacy advisor for women’s protection and empowerment. Francisca has more than 15 years of field experience in the protection sector, with a specialization in gender-based violence (GBV.) She launched her career with IRC’s resettlement office in Miami, and continued onto Church World Service and UNHCR, where she conducted refugee status determinations and resettlement eligibility verification and processing for refugees throughout East, Central and West Africa. In 2006 she joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS) where she held numerous management positions overseas. Francisca later served as the Technical Advisor for Sexual & Gender-Based Violence Programs with CRS’ Emergency Response Team, deploying to conflict and disaster-affected communities worldwide. Francisca holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where she concentrated on Conflict Management and International Human Rights Law, as well as a BA in International Relations from American University. Francisca is also a graduate of the 2005 Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in South Africa.