Amy West, director of Refugee and Migrant Initiatives at AIR, is an internationally recognized human rights and refugee expert with twenty years of experience informing, designing, and managing qualitative research and technical assistance in challenging emergency and post conflict settings. West is also the project director of USAID Haiti’s Alliance for the Protection of Children which is looking at evidence based approaches to protecting children who are trafficked, in conflict with the law, and living in displaced and refugee communities.
West has published numerous journal articles in the human rights and development fields and spent two years as a special advisor on Violence against Women and Girls in sub-Saharan Africa for the beverage alcohol industry. Her applied research work on refugee security, operational security management in violent environments, and violence against women has been used in training manuals by UNHCR and the Humanitarian Practice Network. She holds a MALD from The Fletcher School, Tufts University in International Human Rights & Refugee Law as well as Comparative Development Policy, with a Certificate in Human Security.