Katie Wightman is the Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law. As a 2018 graduate of the LL.M. program in International Legal Studies at NYU, Katie completed a Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship in the Global Justice Clinic. In this role, Katie utilized legal empowerment strategies to support the Wapichan community of Guyana to advance their indigenous and environmental rights and to defend their ancestral lands from the extractive industries. In addition, 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.
Katie holds a LL.B. and B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Western Australia, and a LL.M. from NYU School of Law. During law school, Katie worked in the Office of the Secretary General of Amnesty International in London, the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney, and Immigration Equality in New York—the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the United States. Katie’s interdisciplinary interests include children’s rights, mental health justice, the resilience of trauma survivors, and the empowerment of marginalized voices broadly.