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Katie Wightman

Legal and Program Director, Prevention Project


Katie Wightman is the Legal and Program Director of the Prevention Project at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.


Previously, Katie was the Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, and co-supervised the Global Justice Clinic’s project on Indigenous Land Rights and Earth Defense. As a member of the Human Rights Resilience Project—an interdisciplinary research initiative which seeks to promote well-being and resilience among human rights advocates—Katie co-authored a publication on the first global study on organizational responses to mental health risks in the human rights field.


Prior to moving to the United States, Katie was a senior child protection lawyer for the Australian government where she investigated institutions that failed to protect children from sexual abuse. Alongside this role, Katie served as co-founding CEO of a charitable foundation which seeks to champion refugee access to education. Katie commenced her legal career as a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer at a top tier law firm in Sydney where she provided pro bono legal representation to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and forced labor.


Katie holds a LLB. and BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Western Australia, and a LLM from NYU School of Law. During law school, Katie worked at Amnesty International in London, the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney, and Immigration Equality in New York.