DARYL GRISGRABER, SENIOR ADVOCATE
Prior to joining RI, Daryl worked at a local NGO in Cairo where she managed projects providing refugees with legal assistance and psychosocial services. She also spent six years at Amnesty International USA where she handled several aspects of the organization’s refugee program including legal support to asylum seekers, advocacy on domestic and international refugee policy, and crisis response development. Earlier, Daryl was the executive director of a small research-oriented NGO that provided services to refugees and asylum seekers in detention in the United States. She has a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
ANN HOLLINGSWORTH, SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR
Ann Hollingsworth joined Refugees International in January 2014. In her role as Senior Policy Advisor, Ann leads RI’s advocacy efforts within the U.S. foreign policy community. Prior to working with Refugees International, Ann represented International Crisis Group as Senior Analyst for U.S. Advocacy and Research, participating in targeted advocacy with leading Washington policy audiences, including the State Department, the White House, the Department of Defense, USAID, and Congress, as well as think-tanks and other international organizations. She provided political and strategic analysis and covered all Crisis Group areas of reporting, with primary responsibility for advocacy and research for the Africa portfolio. Ann has been a featured panelist in a variety of foreign policy events, most notably with the State Department, the Brookings Institution, and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Ann has participated in field research on conflict minerals in Burundi and disaster relief management in Sri Lanka, which included working with IDP’s in tsunami-affected areas. She also served in the office of U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings, then Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. She earned a Master’s degree in International Development from Tulane University and a B.A. in Communications from the College of Charleston, South Carolina.
ALEXANDRA LAMARCHE, ADVOCATE
Alexandra Lamarche joined Refugees International in October 2017 as the Advocate focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa and Peacekeeping. Prior to joining the RI team, Alexandra held various positions in the Canadian government and worked on issues of conflict, reconciliation and migration in the Central African Republic, Chad, Lebanon, Mauritania, Côté d'Ivoire and Uganda. She holds a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Sussex in the UK and Bachelor of Social Sciences in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from the University of Ottawa, Canada. Alexandra is fluent in both French and English.
IZZA LEGHTAS, SENIOR ADVOCATE
Izza Leghtas joined Refugees International in September 2016 as Senior Advocate focusing on Europe. Prior to joining RI, Izza worked as a researcher on Western Europe at Human Rights Watch. She covered issues related to migration, rights of refugees and asylum-seekers, discrimination and criminal justice. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Izza worked at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London as a researcher covering France and Spain and then as a researcher on the Maghreb, focusing on Tunisia and Morocco. Prior to that she worked as a legal assistant to a judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. Izza holds a law degree from the University of Montpellier, France, a Masters in European litigation from the University of Luxembourg and an LLM from the College of Europe in Bruges. She is fluent in English, Arabic, and French, and also speaks Spanish.
DANIEL P. SULLIVAN, SENIOR ADVOCATE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Dan Sullivan joined RI in April 2016 as Senior Advocate focusing on Myanmar, Central America, and other areas affected by mass displacement. Dan spent the previous five years with United to End Genocide (formerly Save Darfur), first as a Senior Policy Analyst then as Director of Policy and Government Relations, leading strategic planning, report writing, and development of policy recommendations on Myanmar, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. He has over a decade of human rights and foreign policy experience having worked for the Brookings Institution, Human Rights First, and the Albright Stonebridge Group, where he assisted former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in her role as co-chair of the Genocide Prevention Task Force. Dan has been a featured speaker at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the London School of Economics, and before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and Senate Human Rights Caucus. He has done several media interviews including with Radio France International, CBC Radio, Al-Hurra TV, and Voice of America TV and his work has been published in The Journal of Modern African Studies, the Journal of Peace Research, The Hill, Huffington Post, and The Nation. Dan has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Management from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Harvard University.
ALICE THOMAS, CLIMATE DISPLACEMENT PROGRAM MANAGER
Alice Thomas joined Refugees International (RI) in 2010 to launch the Climate Displacement Program and advocate on behalf of vulnerable communities displaced by extreme weather and climate change. Since joining RI, Thomas has conducted more than a dozen independent assessments of the protection and assistance needs of people displaced by climate-related disasters, including the 2016 drought in Zimbabwe, historic flooding and landslides in Myanmar in 2015, and Super-Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2014. She has presented her findings to high-level government and U.N. officials, and at numerous think tanks, including the Brookings Institution and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is also an expert advisor to the Platform on Disaster Displacement (Nansen Initiative) and a member of the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility, which provides technical support to state parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to joining RI, Thomas was a staff attorney in the International Program at EarthJustice where she devised legal strategies to mitigate climate pollution and address climate impacts on vulnerable populations. From 2002 to 2006, she served as deputy director of the American Bar Association’s Asia Law Initiative where she oversaw environmental good governance programs in Asia. She has a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University.
FRANCISCA VIGAUD-WALSH, SENIOR ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS
Francisca Vigaud-Walsh joined Refugees International (RI) in July 2015. She comes to RI from 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. Francisca has over a decade 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.
MARK YARNELL, UN LIAISON AND SENIOR ADVOCATE
Mark joined Refugees International (RI) in December 2011. Since then, he has led field assessments to Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic, as well as conducted research in Burkina Faso, Niger, and Senegal. Mark has testified before the US Congress Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and been a guest on NPR, PBS, BBC, Al Jazeera, and CBC. Prior to joining RI, Mark was a Stimson Center Congressional Fellow, based in the office of Senator Richard Lugar. He has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a field officer with Merlin, a medical relief organization, and as a food security consultant for Oxfam. Additionally, he was a program associate at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and a senior program associate at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. Mark earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University and was a teaching assistant to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. He grew up in Ottawa, Canada.