FRANCISCA VIGAUD-WALSH, SENIOR ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS
Francisca Vigaud-Walsh is the senior advocate for women and girls at Refugees International where her research focuses on the humanitarian community’s capacity to respond to violence against women and girls and protect them from further abuse in displacement. Prior to joining Refugees International, Vigaud-Walsh worked at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) where she most recently 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. Vigaud-Walsh 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 the United Nations Refugee Agency, where she conducted refugee status determinations and resettlement eligibility verification and processing for refugees throughout East, Central, and West Africa. In 2006, Vigaud-Walsh joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS) where she held numerous management positions overseas. She 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.
Vigaud-Walsh 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 B.A. in International Relations from American University. She is also a graduate of the 2005 Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in South Africa.