Director, Sexual Violence Program
KIM THUY SEELINGER is the Director of the Sexual Violence Program at the Human Rights Center. She oversees the center’s research, teaching, and writing on sexual violence during armed conflict and forced migration. Her current work focuses on legal accountability for wartime sexual violence, protection in humanitarian settings, and comparative sexual offenses legislation. She has conducted fieldwork in Haiti, Vietnam, Thailand, Kenya, Liberia, Uganda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Turkey, and Greece. Seelinger serves on the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ inaugural Advisory Group on Gender, Forced Displacement, and Protection. She was also an expert commentator on the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict, and is a member of the expert group on international guidelines on the documentation of sexual violence against men and boys. She teaches Refugee Law at UC Berkeley School of Law.
In addition to numerous HRC reports, Seelinger’s writing has appeared in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, International Review of the Red Cross, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Foreign Affairs. She co-authored a chapter with Julie Freccero in the book The International Criminal Court and Africa: One decade on (2016).
Seelinger is a recipient of the 2016 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, as well as the 2015 Kathi Pugh Award for Exceptional Mentorship of Berkeley Law Student-Initiated Legal Services Projects.
Before coming to HRC, Seelinger was a staff attorney at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law, where she co-taught the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic and represented asylum seekers fleeing gender-based violence. Prior to that, she was a Yale-China Association clinical legal education fellow at Yunnan University, China, and a staff attorney and Kirkland and Ellis Public Interest Fellow at the Lutheran Family and Community Services in New York City. Seelinger graduated from New York University School of Law.