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Jennifer Prestholdt
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Deputy Director
The Advocates for Human Rights
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Jennifer is the Deputy Director of The Advocates for Human Rights. She has a B.A. in political science from Yale and a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she studied international human rights law and international refugee policy. She graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1996.

Jennifer has worked on refugee and asylum issues for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland. She has also interned for the Reebok Human Rights Program and the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination Against and Protection of Minorities. Prior to becoming Deputy Director of The Advocates for Human Rights, Jennifer practiced asylum law for five years as the Director of the Refugee and Immigrant Program. As The Advocates’ Deputy Director, she assists in fundraising for and directing organizational operations. She also directs The Advocates' International Justice Program. Jennifer is a frequent guest lecturer and has taught International Human Rights Law as an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.