Katie Wightman
Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow
Wilf Hall Room 516

Katie Wightman is a Masiyiwa-Bernstein fellow at the Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law, a Clinic that engages in work to prevent, challenge, and redress rights violations in situations of global inequality.

During law school, Katie interned at Immigration Equality—the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the United States—where she provided legal assistance to asylees who have been persecuted on account of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV-positive status. In addition, as a researcher for the Radical Listening Project, Katie explored how the Listening Guide Method to psychological and cultural inquiry can be utilized in human rights advocacy.

Prior to her LLM at NYU, Katie was a senior child protection lawyer for the Australian government at a national inquiry established to investigate institutional responses to child sexual abuse. Alongside this role, Katie served as Co-founding CEO of the John Mac Foundation, an organization seeking to champion refugee access to education in Australia. Katie has a long-standing commitment to human rights, having volunteered in the Office of the Secretary General of Amnesty International in London, and interned at the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney.

She holds a LLB and BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Western Australia.


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