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    Women's Refugee Commission - Our Staff

    Emily Butera

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    Emily Butera serves as Senior Policy Advisor for Migrant Rights and Justice in the Women’s Refugee Commission’s DC office. A recognized expert on the protection of families dually affected by the U.S. immigration and child welfare systems, Emily’s work focuses on mitigating the effects of immigration enforcement, detention and removal on family unity, parental rights and child well-being.

    Emily has extensive experience advocating before the legislative and executive branches on a wide range of issues including detention reform, the protection of unaccompanied children, and the inclusion of women’s concerns in immigration law and policy. Emily has also researched and authored numerous reports on immigration enforcement and detention, including the Women’s Refugee Commission’s groundbreaking reports on family detention and the rights of undocumented parents.

    In addition to her work with the Women’s Refugee Commission, Emily has worked as an advocate, writer, policy strategist and program manager for local and national immigrant and refugee rights organizations including Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Catholic Legal Immigration Network and Asian Human Services, as well as for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

    Emily holds a B.A. in Human Rights and Nationalism from Kenyon College and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.