Safiatou Touray holds an LLM degree in international human rights and humanitarian law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. She also holds an LLB degree in law and international relations from the University of Portsmouth.
Safiatou’s interest in human rights stems from being a refugee from the Gambia—she and her family have lived in the United Kingdom since 1994. Her career has focused on human rights, transitional justice, sexual and gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health rights. She has worked for Justice for Iran, the West African Network for Peacebuilding, and the United Nations Association International Service.
Due to a change in the Gambian government, her desire to contribute to national development and to aid the transitional justice process, Safiatou recently returned to her birth country and worked as a chief investigator and later a deputy director of human resources and administration for the country’s Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.