Julie Freccero is the Director of the Health and Human Rights Program. She brings over ten years of experience in reproductive health, gender-based violence, and women’s empowerment research, programming, and advocacy. As a specialist in managing gender-based violence in emergencies, she recently spent six months leading the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) response to gender-based violence against refugees and migrants in camps and urban settings in Greece.
Julie previously served as the Associate Director of the Sexual Violence Program at the Human Rights Center where she led research addressing refugee protection, health sector responses to sexual violence, and human trafficking in humanitarian settings. Julie was the Program Officer for Violence against Women at the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Tanzania, where she managed the agency’s programming and advocacy initiatives to improve protection and support services for survivors. In collaboration with the Population Council, she evaluated reproductive health voucher programs in rural Cambodia. As a New York City Urban Fellow, Julie planned and evaluated jail-based health programs and reentry services available to individuals incarcerated on Rikers Island for the NYC Department of Correction.
Julie’s public health research and practice has focused on promoting health and rights of marginalized populations including refugees and migrants, justice-involved youth, and survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Her current research interests include cash transfer programming in emergencies and its impact on vulnerable populations and addressing the neglected health and protection needs of adolescents in humanitarian crises. Julie has conducted research in refugee and IDP settings in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Greece, Serbia, Malaysia, and the Thailand-Burma border. She holds a M.P.H. in Health and Social Behavior from UC Berkeley.