Kate Jastram

Kate Jastram is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and for the Department of Homeland Security, has served as an expert on asylum for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and was part of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration’s Civil Immigration Detention Standards Advisory Task Force. She is active in the leadership of the American Society of International Law and now serves on the Executive Committee of its International Refugee Law Interest Group. She won the Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association in 2005, with the interdisciplinary team that wrote the USCIRF expedited removal study.

Her scholarly work has been published in the International Journal of the Red Cross, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, and the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, with book chapters in Critical Issues in International Refugee LawMigration and International Legal Norms, and Refugee Protection in International Law. Her most recent article, with Sayoni Maitra, is Matter of A-B- One Year Later: Winning Back Gender-Based Asylum Through Litigation and Legislation, Santa Clara Journal of International Law (2020).  She received her M.A. in women’s history from Sarah Lawrence College and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.


M.A., Sarah Lawrence College
J.D., Berkeley Law