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i4Y Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Group Speaker Series: Child Marriage in Development and Humanitarian Settings: Findings from the Human Rights Center

Seminar | February 22 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall


Julie Freccero, Director, Health and Human Rights Initiative, Health and Human Rights Program at the Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law; Audrey Whiting, Researcher and Fellowship Coordinator, Health and Human Rights Program at the Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law

Innovations for Youth (i4Y)


Julie Freccero and Audrey Whiting of the Health and Human Rights Program at the Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law will present findings from a recently completed desk review conducted in partnership with Save the Children UK to inform future programming, research and advocacy aimed at preventing and responding to child, early and forced marriage in development and humanitarian settings. Using a review of existing literature, key informant interviews with practitioners, a mapping exercise, and Save the Children’s internal programs database, the review examined existing and recent child marriage prevention and response efforts both within and beyond the Save the Children movement in order to identify key research priorities, promising practices, and lessons learned.


About the speakers:

Audrey Whiting is a researcher for the Health and Human Rights Program at the Human Rights Center. A recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s Master of Development Practice program, Audrey served as a graduate researcher with Human Rights Watch, as well as a graduate researcher and intern for the Human Rights Center’s Sexual Violence Program, where she assisted in coordinating the 2015 Missing Peace Practitioners’ Workshop on Accountability for Sexual Violence in Uganda. Prior to attending Berkeley, Audrey worked as a pediatric critical care RN at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Julie Freccero is the Director of the Health and Human Rights Program atthe UC Berkeley Human Rights Center. She has over ten years of experiencein gender-based violence, reproductive health, and women’s empowerment research,programming, and advocacy, with a focus on humanitarian settings. Julie’s research at the Center has examinedsafe shelter options for refugee and migrant survivors of gender-based violence,health sector responses to sexual violence, and human trafficking inhumanitarian settings. She has conducted research in refugee or IDP settings inKenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Greece, Serbia, Malaysia, and the Thailand-Burmaborder.

Julie recently spent six monthsleading the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) response to gender-basedviolence against refugees and migrants in camps and urban settings in Greece. Previously,she served as the Program Officer for Violence against Women at the UNDevelopment Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Tanzania, where she managed the agency’sprogramming and advocacy initiatives to improve protection and support servicesfor survivors.

She is currently the Principal Investigator of a multi-country study, in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), to improve the safe targeting and delivery of cash transfers to vulnerable groups in humanitarian settings.She holds a M.P.H. in Health and Social Behavior from UC Berkeley.


RSVP by emailing i4Y@berkeley.edu.


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